Torrance Beach is tucked away at the base of Palos Verdes Peninsula at the southern end of Santa Monica Bay. Looking up at the red tiled roofs and colors of PV from the beach is like looking at a Greek Isle.You always see surfers here and often see dolphins in pods on winter and spring mornings in particular. The beach has a ramp suitable for strollers and universal access.
If you head south, the sandy beach runs into rocks below the cliffs, so walking toward PV means scrambling unless you climb the path up to the top.In the other direction toward Redondo Pier, there is a wonderful bluff top walkway that is dog friendly with a corresponding no pets allowed walking trail and a designated bike trail on the beach itself. Starting from Torrance Beach and walking north, the Redondo Peir is three to four miles round trip depending on how far you go. There are no restaurants per se on the beach--you have to walk a couple of blocks inland to find them--but some sidewalk vendors sell drinks and snack items almost year round and you can stop at the pier.There is a large parking lot at Torrance Beach plus lots of metered street parking, with free parking on side streets available at non-peak times. I like the beach best in the winter months when it is less crowded;however, on weekends the paths are always full of walkers and bicyclists. It is a beautiful stretch of the California coast.