Famous Los Angeles Beaches

Famous Los Angeles Beaches

Some Los Angeles beaches are famous for more than just fabulous sun, sand and surf. The following Los Angeles beaches are widely known for being featured in TV and movies, from 90210 and Spongebob Squarepants to classics like Gidget and Planet of the Apes. Paradise Cove Beach Based on its long filmogaphy, Paradise Cove might be paradise for filmmakers and film buffs alike. The Malibu beach has starred in such films as Gidget, Lethal Weapon 4, Indecent Proposal, American Pie 2, Spounge Bob Square Pants: The Movie, Monster in Law, and Beach Blanket Bingo. Paradise Cove appeared on the small screen as well, on the following TV shows: The Rockford Files, The O.C., Charlie’s Angels, Baywatch, Happy Days and many commercials. The Paradise Cove Beach Cafe offers beachside dining and take away. Visiting paradise doesn't come cheap though. Parking is $30, but reduces to $3 with validation from the cafe after spending a minimum of $25 on food and drinks. Venice Beach Known for the entertaining and unique personalities on its Ocean Front Walk, Venice Beach has been the setting for scenes in thousands of films and TV shows, including I Love You Man, Baywatch, White Men Can't Jump, Gilmore Girls, Three's Company, Starsky and Hutch, The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Valentine's Day, and Orson Wells' Touch of Evil. Venice Bistro, right on Ocean Front Walk, has an all-day happy hour and a patio that's perfect for people watching on the boardwalk. Street and lot parking is available. Manhattan Beach Manhattan Beach has a sultry reputation: Travel Channel named it one of the sexiest beaches and CNN selected it as the top place for the rich and single. No wonder the beach is such a movie star, serving as a location for Point Break, 1408, Jerry Maguire and Tequila Sunrise, along with the TV shows Weeds, Veronica Mars and 90210. Hannah Montana and The O.C. filmed scenes at nearby Mira Costa High School. For the beach's bookish side, Pages is an independent bookstore on Manhattan Avenue with a friendly staff and a wide selection of reading material. Huntington Beach Nicknamed “Surf City USA,” Huntington Beach in Orange County serves as year-round haven for surfers and it's the site of the world surfing championships. Those killer waves have also been the backdrop for such TV shows as Cougar Town, The Real Housewives of The O.C., 90210, Chuck and the TruTV series Ocean Force: Huntington Beach. The beach is also mentioned in the Beach Boys song “Surfin' Safari.” Visitors can take a trip to the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum for more on the area's surfing history. Point Dume State Beach The Planet of the Apes wasn't only Earth all along – it was Point Dume State Beach in Malibu. The final scene of the classic 1968 version of the film starring Charlton Heston was shot at this beach. Point Dume also appeared as the Normandy landings in the movie D-Day the Sixth of June. In Iron Man, filmmakers digitally inserted Tony Stark's house onto the beach's famous cliffs to overlook this beach. Nearby, The Sage Room serves high quality Italian cuisine on Pacific Coast Highway. Article and photos by Mallory Carra, a Los Angeles-based freelance writer.
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