Simply some of the most beautiful gardens in southern California. The gardens, filled with many varieties of plants from all over the world, surrounds a serene man-made lake inhabited by a majestic trio of swans, flocks of ducks, and hundreds of colorful coi fish. Scattered within the lush gardens are benches and chairs perfectly situated for a verdant view or peaceful meditation. One of the delights of cultivated nature overlooking the Pacific Ocean. And it's open to the public for free, Tuesday through Sunday.
This is our go-to beach as LA locals because it has plenty of parking, a snack bar and restrooms. Plus the beach isn't as wide as some of the Santa Monica beaches so it's easier to carry your stuff. The line to park can get really backed up when the attendants move slowly.