Pier Avenue and The Strand
Hermosa Beach, CA
Hours: 6:00 AM to midnight
City lots and street parking (see parking details - left)
Hermosa Beach is owned and operated by the City of Hermosa Beach
Caution: Check with rangers or lifeguards that conditions are safe for your planned activities.
The Strand is a broad walkway, extending the full length of Hermosa Beach. To the north it continues along Manhattan Beach. On summer weekends it can become congested. A number of regulations have been implemented by the City of Hermosa Beach to avoid mishaps on the Pier Plaza and The Strand. For a full list of the regulations see City of Hermosa Beach and Strand Regulations.
The Marvin Braude Bike Trail passes through Hermosa Beach, roughly parallel to The Strand. The full Bike Trail extends 22 miles between Will Rogers State Beach in the north and Torrance County Beach. Cyclists enjoy exploring their way from beach to beach along the bike trail's course, stopping here and there to sample the fares at the various beaches.
The Los Angeles Southern Section Lifeguard Headquarters is located at the foot of Hermosa Beach Pier.
They are responsible for lifeguard services from San Pedro to Marina del Rey. The Headquarters is staffed
24 hours a day. Among their facilities are a rescue boat, communications room, medical treatment room, and
LA Lifeguard Division
Beach Cities Transit (BCT) connects Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, and
El Segundo. The fare is $1.
The BCT 109 Line runs from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM between Redondo Beach Riviera Village and LAX City Bus Center. Stops along the way include Hermosa Beach Pier Avenue, Downtown Manhattan Beach, Manhattan Village Mall, Douglas Green Line Station, downtown El Segundo, and Aviation Green Line Station.
Hermosa Beach extends nearly 2 miles between King Harbor and Redondo Beach on the south and Manhattan Beach to the north. Like its northern neighbor, Hermosa Beach is best known for surfing and volleyball. The wide swath of sand is popular with sun bathers, families with children, and those who like to play in the waves. The Strand, a wide boardwalk, borders the beach, providing a pleasant way for people to stroll along the shore and mingle with friends.
The 1328-foot long Hermosa Beach Pier was built in the early 20th century. Its concrete structure and asphalt surface have survived 100 years of storms. There are no buildings on the pier. The lifeguard headquarters, the Surfers' Walks of Fame monument, and restrooms are situated on shore at the foot of the pier.
Parking near Hermosa Beach is available at a number of city lots and along some streets. Most parking is metered. Our map shows the parking lots closest to beach. For a complete map of Hermosa Beach parking, see Hermosa Beach Public Parking.
|Parking Lot||Hrs. per Stay||# of Spaces||Hourly Rate||Monthly Passes*|
|*Monthly Passes: passes good any time (up to 72 hours maximum at one location) - $62 |
For passes good only from 5:00 AM to 7:00 PM - $31
|Lot A Hermosa & 11th||24 hrs.||143||$1.25 - $1.50||$31 - $62|
|Lot B 59 13th Ct.||3 hours max.||36||$1.25 per hour||NA|
|Lot C Parking Garage||24 hrs.||300||$1.25 - $1.50||$31 - $62|
|Lot D Manhattan & 14th||2 & 12 hr. parking||19||$1.25 per hour|
|Hermosa Ave.||2hr., 3hr., & 24hr.||1100||$1.25 per hour||NA|
|Upper Pier Ave.||2hr. & 3hr.||129||$1.25||NA|
Pay by Space parking meters are located at Lots A and C. These parking meters accept coins, credit or debit card. Cash Keys (similar to a pre-paid credit card) can be used at all Hermosa Beach parking meters. Daily Parking Permits can be purchased for $6 and allow visitors to park at any yellow-poled meter or in 1-hour zones in the residential areas without regard to the one hour limit.
Cash Keys and Daily Parking Permits can be purchased at City Hall, 1315 Valley Drive, Room 101, Monday through Thursday 7 AM to 6 PM. Daily Parking Permits may also be purchased from the Police Department any time for cash.
California State Parks and Recreation cautions that "large surf, cold water temperatures, backwash, sudden drop-offs, pounding shorebreak, and dangerous rip currents can turn what seem like safe activities such as playing near the surf line, wading, or climbing on rock outcroppings, deadly." Learn more about ocean safety at CA State Parks: Ocean Safety