Summer days are here and kids are out of school, so what better way to cool down and have fun than visiting a nearby beach? Swimming, playing beach games or jogging for those who want to stay in shape while getting a golden tan is just a bonus, but these days it’s hard to pick a good beach because so many of them are getting polluted making it impossible to spend a full day there. You can spend a whole day just searching for one, and we know how important it is to get there in the morning, maybe catch a bit of sunrise and save a good spot for the entire day.

This is why we picked the best and the worst so you know where to go and what to avoid next time.

The Cleanest 5:

Zuma Beach

Zuma Beach scored A at the annual Beach Report Card for all three testing periods, according to HtB’s report card. Therefore it might be a good place to visit and relax.

Hermosa Beach

Right after Zuma Beach, Hermosa is beautiful indeed. Scoring grade A again at the annual beach report as well, it should easily make its way to your to-go list this summer.

El Matador State Beach

At Encinal Canyon, this beach got A+ for all three testing periods, dry summer, dry winter and year-round wet. Well worth the visit.

Escondido Beach

Again with excellent scores, Escondido Beach is one of the cleanest in the area scoring A+ in all the tests conducted year-round.

Nicholas Canyon County Beach

The Nicholas Canyon Beach has a well-deserved spot on the list since it was voted one of the best and scored A+ at the annual beach report as well.

The Dirtiest 5:

Dockweiler Beach

Dockweiler Beach near the North Westchester storm drain gets a special mention since it scores highly in dry weather but absolutely failed after a rain, scoring an F at the annual beach report.

Mother’s Beach

Situated in Marina del Rey, unfortunately, this beautiful beach scored lowest at all the tests and is one to avoid.

Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier follows right after The Mother’s Beach and is 6th on the list of dirtiest beaches. Until they clean it out, it is a place to avoid this summer.

Cabrillo Beach

The harbor side of San Pedro’s Cabrillo Beach is frequently on the list of worst beaches and there’s currently a plan to turn the perpetually dirty beach into LA’s first dog beach, in part to help spread the word that it’s not fit for human swimming.

Redondo Beach

This beach, when tested year-round and in winter, got two Fs but its summer periods were no better as well. This is why you might want to stop and look around before jumping in.

The drought has meant less rainwater runoff to help carry filth onto the beaches, and “beach grades across the state are consistently outperforming their five-year average” because of it, says Heal the Bay, but you still need to pay attention to the list and the warnings because some beaches have high levels of bacteria that can cause rashes and sickness.

Enjoy your summer!


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