SoCal has no shortage of beaches, including plenty of classic, family-friendly beaches right here in Los Angeles. The only problem is all those other people who seem to know about them, too. As locals, we really deserve a few beaches that only we know about, where we can enjoy the Pacific Ocean in our backyard without running into all the tourists who really are just as happy at Santa Monica Pier anyway.
One thing that allows us all to spread out a bit more on the shore is a state law that allows for public use of all beaches below the high tide line; this means that any beach you can get to, you are allowed to enjoy as long as you stay near the water. Many private beaches have public easements that reach well up into the dry sand as well, allowing people who walk the shore to settle down and enjoy whatever beach they can reach. Some of the beaches below look private and feel private, but are accessible by a public path. In a year when we're all trying to create a little more distance between people, this is a great way to enjoy a Southern California beach day.