Los Angeles County

From the rugged mountains of Malibu through the Palos Verde Peninsula to Long Beach Harbor and Belmont, the Los Angeles County coast is richly varied, offering many opportunities for recreation and adventure. More than half the coast is publicly owned, and much of it can be easily explored with a wheelchair. Where the terrain is difficult, there are often scenic drives.

Malibu’s 27-mile coast lies at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains. Steep slopes make a few beaches inaccessible, but you’ll find beach access and accessible camping spots at Leo Carrillo State Beach. South of Malibu, wheelchair access greatly improves at numerous Los Angeles city beaches on Santa Monica Bay. Legendary beaches Venice, Santa Monica, Manhattan, and Hermosa are wide, flat swaths of golden sand; most provide beach wheelchairs. You'll find a pier or boardwalk every few miles, often near shops and restaurants, and outdoor dining, entertainment, and equipment rentals are plentiful.

Farther south, the Pacific Coast Highway cuts across the Palos Verdes Peninsula, which separates Santa Monica Bay from the Long Beach Harbor area. Palos Verdes Drive provides dramatic views of rugged shores and the ocean, and you can hike blufftop trails at Pelican Cove and Ocean Trails/Trump National Golf Course. Stop at Whitepoint Nature Preserve and Education Center for a glimpse into the region's history.

At the county's southernmost end is Long Beach Harbor. Despite its utilitarian landscape, Long Beach is a recently refreshed family vacation destination with an aquarium, entertainment centers, boat rides, and sheltered beaches. At the east end of Long Beach are miles of sandy beaches and paved walks along the shore to Alamitos Bay.

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