I visited with my husband and 4 kids on the 4th of July, so it was very crowded but we had no problem finding a spot on the beach. Our trouble was in locating it again after swimming or shopping! Even marking landmarks didn't help much! But we aren't used to such a large beach, either.
The surf was enough to knock us off our feet at times, but not high enough to worry this landlubber mama, but my 3 kids who were in the water are strong swimmers. The beach has a very gradual slope out into the water and doesn't have a close sudden dropoff like a lot of CA beaches north of LA so the waves roll in.
The sand is soft and pretty clean.
The bathrooms and showers were yucky, and always had long lines.
Parking was atrocious because of the holiday, but we still found a spot 2 blocks away.
Definitely stroll through the shopping and Muscle Beach. Quirky, rough around the edges. I would limit family time to before 5 though.
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