Torrance Beach is an esoteric, soft-sanded beach that is almost literally in the shadows of other beaches, as it is surrounded by the hills of Palos Verdes. Stretching for a mile and-a-half, it is most known for its mellow, low-key vibe and as a family- and kid-friendly beach experience compared to many of Southern California’s more well-known beaches.
Like most of the local beach experiences, you will find a great spot for normal beach activities like swimming, surfing, body boarding, volleyball and of course great views. Plus, lifeguards are on duty during daylight hours and there are swings, a snack shop and restrooms – all of which make it a great location for kids. As the Southern-most point on the Marvin Braude Bike Trail – also known as The Strand – you get accessibility to the walkway and biking path, making it a great starting point for your exercise routine.
What you won’t find at Torrance Beach is a lot of the commercialism of local beaches. While there are restaurants and shops nearby, it has a locals-only vibe and is a popular option to listen to the waves, watch the sunset, and catch a bit of solitude. There is also plenty of parking at Torrance Beach – for a small fee (ranging from $2-7 depending on the season) – located at the top of the hill, which requires a walk down several sets of stairs to gain access to the beach.
Visit the official website for more details on Torrance Beach, or check out the current water, surf and tide conditions as well as a live webcam at Watchthewater.org.
Torrance State Beach
387 Paseo de la Playa
Torrance, CA 90277
Phone: (310) 832-1179