Hermosa Beach Pier Plaza…Shops, Dining, Local Flavor and more

By Keith KyleHermosa Beach pier plaza

Hermosa Beach has been voted as one of the best beach communities by travel magazines in the past and there’s not much to argue with that claim.  A beautiful beach, small town feel, one elementary and one middle school and just about everything is a short walk to the beach.

At the heart of Hermosa Beach is the downtown area and the focal point of Pier Plaza.  Pier Ave cuts through the center of town and extends from the Hermosa pier to PCH and is lined with an array of shops, restaurants, coffee shops, yoga studios and other businesses.  On “lower” pier the city long ago took cars out of the equation by making pier plaza a pedestrian only block allowing for a wonderful beach vibe with kids on skateboards, people casually walking around, and a quieter atmosphere without the traffic. This palm lined walk offers stores and restaurants that range from the newer more trendy restaurants and bars to some of the longstanding local hangouts such as the Lighthouse and Fat Face Fenners.  Rent a bike at the Hermosa cyclery, or a surfboard from one of the local surf shops.  Hermosa is a great destination town and pier plaza is a must visit.

What Makes Hermosa Beach Such an Incredible Place to Live

By Keith KyleThe-Strand

As a local real estate professional I believe that every city in the South Bay has something unique to offer my clients.  As a long time resident of Hermosa Beach it’s hard to imagine living anywhere else.

So what does make Hermosa Beach so special?

Unlike the neighboring cities of Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach, Hermosa is a very small city.  With less than 1.5 square miles, Hermosa Beach offers a sense of community and charm that it’s larger neighbors just can’t duplicate.  Hermosa Beach is truly a small town and with one elementary school, one middle school it’s hard not to feel like you know just about everyone.

Hermosa Beach SunsetAlthough it has a reputation as a town of beach bums, that aspect pretty much disappeared long ago.  With median home prices over $1,000,000 it is a very upscale beach town but has still retained a genuine feeling of old school beach town.  That reputation as a town of beach bums, may have actually helped the town keep it’s identity as there are few people that move here because it’s the “in” place to live.  Beach front homes in Hermosa Beach

Most residents live here because they want to…it is not a town of residents passing through, not a town of people “willing” to live here until something better comes along.  To most residents there is nowhere better and most people truly enjoy living here and living at the beach.  People walk down to The Strand every night
just to watch the sunset and most have a big smile on their faces while doing so.

Add to the small town community feel full of happy people the almost perfect weather, endless community events including Fiesta Hermosa, Concerts on the Beach, St Patricks Parade, and one of the nices beaches in the world and it’s hard to find much not to like.


World Cup Party in Hermosa Beach

USA vs. Ghana Viewing Party at Hermosa Beach Pier – June 16Hermosa Beach pier plaza

Join the legion of Galaxy and team USA fans ascending on the Hermosa Beach Pier to watch your US men’s national team open up the World Cup against Ghana at 3pm on Monday, June 16.  Join the Galaxy and your fellow fans on the Pier Plaza starting at 2pm as they’ll have a massive TV screen, appearances from Galaxy players and alumni, Star Squad, Cozmo and Futboleros.  They’ll be giving away Galaxy / and team USA gear, scarves, posters and much more. Fans can also enter the LA Galaxy Foundation 90/10 raffle for a chance to win amazing Galaxy / USMNT prizes.   Seating for this event is limited so please arrive early or bring your own lawn chairs.


  • 2pm – Event Starts / Player and Alumni Autograph Signings
  • 3pm – USA vs. Ghana
  • 5:30pm – Event ends