"The Best Little Beach City"
A sunny small beach city of 1.4 square miles, Hermosa Beach sits at the center of Los Angeles County’s South Bay coastline along the Santa Monica Bay. The town is the very essence of the Southern California lifestyle, with an average of 283 sunny days per year and nighttime temperatures that rarely dip below 50 degrees. With two miles of sandy beach shoreline, Hermosa attracts more than a million visitors to the beach each year.
The small town charm of Hermosa Beach is highlighted in commercial areas like Pier Avenue, well known for its many diverse restaurants and local retailers.There are architecturally diverse residences on the Strand, bungalows scattered throughout the town, and multi-level homes with ocean views.
Outdoor activities such as beach volleyball, surfing, skateboarding, and biking are quintessential to the Hermosa Beach culture. Other favorite activities include jogging or walking along the Greenbelt or the Strand, the paved path paralleling the beach and connecting Hermosa Beach to cities up and down the Santa Monica Bay coastline.
This lively beach city is also well known for its entertainment offerings including live music from rock to blues to jazz. Festivals, special events, and summer concerts occur throughout the year. The three-day weekends of Memorial Day and Labor Day bring thousands of visitors to the Fiesta Hermosa street fair, which has been a tradition for many years, features hundreds of crafters and artists and live bands.
Home to nearly 20,000 residents, Hermosa Beach is within a short commute of many of the largest and best-known names in corporate America in the aerospace, tech, industrial, service and financial fields. The Hermosa Beach City School District, consistently recognized as a California Distinguished School, offers a high quality education to students in kindergarten through eighth grade, while high schoolers attend Mira Costa or Redondo Union High Schools.
The City of Hermosa Beach operates under the Council-Manager form of government with five council members elected at large, with each serving a rotation as Mayor. The City Council is responsible for appointing a City Manager to direct the day-to-day operations of the City, which includes Community Development, Community Resources, Finance, Human Resources, Police, and Public Works Departments.