Leo Carrillo State Park
If you enjoy the outdoors you need to make sure to make a visit to the Leo Carrillo State park, just 20 miles or so north of Santa Monica. The beach is a long flat stretch were you can enjoy swimming, surfing, windsurfing and fishing. There are tide pools, coastal caves and reefs to further explore.
The park has a campground and facilities to extend the stay with the family. There are giant sycamores that provide shade (if you get there early enough to claim a spot) all the way to the surf.
The park has nature trails for back country hiking too, so is definitely a place to enjoy for a full day or two. You may recognize some spots as this park has been a location for many movies during the fifties and sixties. It is easy to get there taking PCH. I always look forward to get back to this wonderful park.