Beaches and Bites in the SoCal Suburbs

May 12, 2022

These amazing beach towns are home to some of the most iconic eats around.

Moving to the SoCal suburbs means you’ll be living steps away from some of the most incredible beaches in the world. Locals can ride the waves or take a beachfront stroll before their morning meetings. But that’s just the start. You’ll also find many of SoCal’s most sought-after restaurants in these towns. Why not hop on PCH and get a taste of these communities — one beachfront bite at a time.

#1. Malibu

Malibu is known for its stunning 20+ mile coastline, A-list celebrity residents, and top-notch food scene. Between the incredible beaches and Santa Monica Mountains, it’s no wonder this is a favorite with active families who love spending their free time outside.

County Line Beach

Malibu residents head to this sandy stretch for family picnics (keep an eye out for dolphins) and water sports. It’s a favorite with both local surfers and fishermen. But the big draw here is Neptune’s Net. This iconic seafood shack was founded in 1956 by a retired NASA engineer. Today, it still draws crowds for its impressive views and no-frills seafood baskets.

Corral State Beach

Corral State Beach almost feels like a hidden gem. It’s less crowded than some of the other beaches in town and features sandy stretches for sunbathing. If you’re in the mood for a hike, the Corral Canyon trails start nearby.

Pull off PCH for a bite at Malibu Seafood Fresh Fish Market & Patio Cafe. Find an outdoor spot to take in the views of Corral State Beach while you enjoy some of the freshest seafood around (this restaurant is run by local fishermen). No matter what you order, locals say you can’t skip their homemade tartar sauce.

Paradise Cove Beach

The blue waters, white sand, and rocky cliffs make Paradise Cove Beach a quintessential SoCal spot. Plus, the Paradise Cove Beach Cafe offers chair and umbrella rentals so you can get a taste of resort life without leaving town. This iconic cafe is especially known for its breakfast menu, iced seafood towers, and tropical cocktails.

#2. Topanga

This rustic, somewhat secluded beach town continues to attract creatives. If Topanga is on your list, spend some time exploring Topanga Beach or the Santa Monica Mountain hiking trails for a taste of what future weekends could look like.

Topanga Beach

SoCal surfers love riding the waves at Topanga Beach. If that’s not your thing, you can also bring the kids for a picnic and enjoy the views. For some local flavor, stop by Reel Inn. This beloved institution serves a menu of fresh and fried seafood which can be enjoyed in the retro dining room or on the outdoor patio. There’s even a kid’s menu with fish and chips for the littles.

#3. Pacific Palisades

Moving to Pacific Palisades means you can be at the beach or the mountains in a matter of minutes. For waterfront fun, locals head to Will Rogers Beach.

Will Rogers State Beach

No matter how you like to spend your beach time, there’s something for everyone here. With volleyball courts, picnic tables, plenty of sunbathing spots, and great conditions for surfing and swimming it’s no wonder this is a popular stretch of coast.

When you get hungry, head to Gladstones near Will Rogers State Beach Parking Lot 5. This classic beachside spot has been around since 1972 and is currently owned by a former LA mayor. While their entire menu is enticing, locals especially love stopping by to sip a cocktail and watch the sunset.

#4. Santa Monica

Do SoCal beach towns get more iconic than Santa Monica? There’s always something going on in this hip community so locals don’t have to stress about plans. Just head down to Santa Monica Beach and you’ll find world-class eateries, tons of entertainment options, and, of course, plenty of soft sand for sunbathing.

Santa Monica State Beach

Stroll along the vibrant Santa Monica Pier or join other local surfers out on the water. Take the whole crew for a bike ride along the beach or just kick back and relax. Either way, this is the place to be.

If you move to town, you’ll likely become very familiar with Perry’s Beach Cafe. There are nine locations around Santa Monica that locals frequent for coffee and light bites. You can also rent bikes, roller skates, or beach chairs here. When you’re really in the mood to relax, book a beach butler to set you your chairs, umbrella, and chilled drinks.

#5. Newport Beach

Looking for a luxe SoCal lifestyle? Add Newport Beach to your list. This town is home to world-class golfing, shopping, and yacht clubs. And foodies — you’ll love the dining options in town, especially on the Balboa Peninsula.

Balboa Beach

Newport Beach locals love settling in at this sandy spot. There’s a beachfront soccer field and plenty of coastline for sunbathing and bike riding. The Balboa Beach Pier offers impressive views of the surfers and the sunset. The original Ruby’s Diner opened on the pier in 1982 and it’s still serving nostalgia and creamy milkshakes to Newport Beach residents today. It’s a can’t miss spot for an oceanfront breakfast or lunch.

With so many amazing SoCal beach towns, how do you find the right spot for you? That’s where we come in. Schedule your FREE Suburbs Strategy session today and we’ll help you find the perfect spot to call “home.”

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