Monday, December 21, 2015

Hermosa Beach

Martha and I have been exploring all kinds of options for moving to San Diego early in the New Year, and it's gotten me thinking about beaches again. I thought I'd already posted about my stay in Hermosa Beach, but I couldn't find any trace of it, so now seems like a good time. It was a great stop, so I didn't want to forget all about it.

The beach itself isn't a whole lot different from others in southern California. It's nice and wide, and has lifeguard stations.
It has a good long pier, which I like. So I was able to stay out of the sun if I wished, yet easily able to move back into the sunshine, too.
It also has bathrooms placed very conveniently next to the pier, which I also like.

It had both volleyball nets and a long boardwalk.

There were a few different things about this beach worth noting, though. Major and minor, good and bad.

For one thing, it has that cool statue of a surfer which is shown at the top of this post. It's not something I would have missed if it hadn't been there, but it did lend a bit of individuality to the beach.

The best thing, though, was the block right in front of the beach. It was a wide cobblestone pedestrian area lined with a few shops, but mostly places to eat and drink. With rows of palm trees, this was a fabulous place to hang out.

What it doesn't have is free parking nearby. Although not directly on the boardwalk, as in San Diego, the hostel I stayed in was just a couple of doors down from the beach. I ended up having to walk several blocks with my bags after finding a parking spot that was free for over 24 hours. Fortunately, I had a new 4 wheel spinner bag and a great deal of experience in packing light.

My room at the hostel was on the top floor of a building with no elevator or air conditioning. But since there was a great breeze and, as previously mentioned, I had packed light, I decided the view made up for any inconvenience.
Just up and across the street was Cafe Bonaparte, which had our beloved outdoor tables and a very reasonably priced selection of meal options.

At the end of my day at the beach, I thoroughly enjoyed a very tasty spinach and feta croissant and a delicious dessert while looking out toward the ocean.

I only spent one night in Hermosa Beach. But since there is a hostel practically right on the beach, with good kitchen facilities and great places to hang out right out the door, it makes a wonderful inexpensive beach break. So I definitely wouldn't mind going back for a few more days.

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