Discovering Torrance: A Southern California Gem
Located just down the road from the popular Manhattan, Hermosa, and Redondo Beaches, you will find the best beach in Southern California. Torrance Beach is just a sliver of the SoCal shoreline. At only one and a half miles long, it is truly a hidden gem. This lifeguard protected stretch of sand has plenty of parking with easy access down to the beach. Unlike its predecessors to the north, there are no crowds. This is is how we found in on a warm, sunny Saturday in the fall.
RAT Beach is located its southernmost tip. At the foot of the Palos Verdes cliffs, this pristine section of the beach is a favorite among surfers. It is aptly named after its location. RAT stands for Right After Torrance.
Torrance Beach is also the starting point for Southern California’s coastal bike trail, The Strand. This flat bike path goes all the way up to Will Rodgers State Beach. Round trip is approximately about forty miles. Definitely a good work out with great views.
Where to Stay
Torrance has more than a dozen or so hotels to choose from. There is an assortment of lodging choices in the area to fit all budgets. The Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach is situated in a prime spot though for exploring all of Torrance.
Located just ten miles south of the Los Angeles Airport. It is just far enough away from the hustle of LA that you feel like you are on a beach vacation. Guests can relax at their indoor/outdoor pool or at the nearby sandy white beaches.
What to Do
Just across the street from the Marriott is the Del Amo Fashion Center. It is the third largest shopping center in America. All three levels are brimming with upscale shops. The mall’s anchor stores include Nordstrom, Macy’s, Zara and H&M. There are plenty of smaller boutiques as well like like Kate Spade, Guess, Free People, Lucky Brand and more. You could easily spend a full day here. There is a movie theater, outdoor space and over twenty places to eat.
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Where to Eat
Breakfast – If sweets are your thing grab a pastry and a cup of coffee at the Torrance Bakery in the historic section of downtown. From the moment you step into the shop, sugary goodness swirls through the air. Their buttermilk stick, a cross between a donut and a churro, is a local favorite.
Lunch – Also located in Old Town Torrance, you will find the Red Car Brewery. Named after California’s Red Car Line this pub serves casual fare and alongside a selection of their signature English style ales. All of their beers are brewed in-house. Their classic ales are available year-round while they rotate a choice of season beers. Check out what is on tap before you go.
Dinner -After a long day of shopping relax for a great meal at Brio Coastal Bar & Kitchen. It is located within the Del Amo Fashion Center. They have a beautiful outdoor dining space. Make a reservation for a high-top bar table or for the cozy couches around the fire pit.
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If you are heading north of Los Angeles during a California vacation check out our adventures in the Conejo Valley. With so much to see and do in Southern California, you will likely enjoy exploring this area as well.
Disclosure: Complimentary accommodations, meals, transportation, and some activities were provided by Discover Torrance. No other compensation was received for this review. This post reflects the honest opinion of my experience without outside influence.