Situated right in between Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach makes up the third of the lovely beach cities of the South Bay Region. It is the least populated and the most laid-back of the three, the perfect gateway, especially if you’re planning on devoting a week hopping from one beach city to the next.
Hermosa Beach is gifted with almost two miles of access to the Pacific Ocean and more than 90 acres of public beach. Because of its proximity to the ocean, this beautiful beach city (its name literally means ‘beautiful’ in Spanish) enjoys an atmosphere almost free from smog all year round and a westerly sea breeze that makes its summertimes milder. Apart from that, being on the coast of the Pacific Ocean means that Hermosa Beach enjoys access to fantastic fishing opportunities, both inshore and offshore.
Hermosa Beach fishing is centered primarily on its lovely beach pier. Hermosa Beach Pier is a 1,140-feet pier surrounded by an artificial reef. Unlike many of the ports in Southern California, it’s relatively peaceful and not as crowded, making it an ideal fishing spot for those who’d like a little peace and quiet while they fish. Each part of the pier offers diverse fishing. Nearshore, you can catch barred surfperch, corbina, spotfin croaker, and yellowfin croaker, along with the occasional round stingray or shovelnose guitarfish. Right in the middle, there are even more species such as white croaker, jacksmelt, walleye surfperch, pile perch, black seaperch, silver surfperch, herring, and halibut. Right at the end, you can find bigger fish such as bonito, white seabass, and California halibut, and if you cast over the artificial reef, you may target some rockfish, sheepshead, bass, and kelpfish,
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Learn how to surf or level up your beach volleyball game at Hermosa Beach. Find surf camps and beach volleyball camps where you or your entire family can take private or public lessons and even partake in camps.
Get to Hermosa Beach’s history and culture through its public art. Spot all the nice murals from the Hermosa Beach Murals Project. Pay tribute to its local surfer and hero, Tim Kelly, by visiting his iconic bronze sculpture at the foot of the Hermosa Beach Pier.