Santa Monica Bay spans 20 miles (32 km) between two of the richest communities in California – Malibu and Palos Verdes. It’s truly the “Gold Coast” of the Golden State, and its shores have some of the finest beaches anywhere, including Topanga, Santa Monica, and Venice on through Manhattan, Hermosa, Redondo, and Torrance. American surfing, and the youth culture it spawned, was born here. In the movies, these fabled beaches have stood in for everything from Guadalcanal and Tahiti to Shangri-la. The rows of huge, stately palms along the Santa Monica promenade cliffs epitomize California. The ...

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