Southern California’s beaches are the stuff of legend. Whether you prefer celebrity-laden Malibu, the carnival entertainment of Santa Monica Pier, or the surfer haven of Manhattan Beach, make sure to pack the necessities for a worry-free time in the sand.
- Even if you don’t plan on surfing, a wetsuit rental is a good idea if you want to swim since the Pacific Ocean is generally cold.
- Bring a canvas tote to carry your beach essentials — towels, sunscreen, hats, lots of reading material, casual cover-ups and toys for the kids.
- Nights will be chilly — pack a sweatshirt or comfy cardigan.