Latitude: 33.990 Longitude: -118.459
Beaches come to mind when we hear about Southern California. A very special beach area is Venice, annexed by Los Angeles, and bordered by Santa Monica, and Marina del Rey. My son lives in Venice which took its name obviously from the Italian city. In the 1904 Abbot Kenney hired an apprentice to Frederick Law Olmstead (designer of many parks including New York Central Park) to design the Venice of America Seaside Resort which included main canals and system of lateral canals, along which residences would be built.
Along the waterfront are beaches but also a famous boardwalk with hawkers, homeless, scam artists, and musicians trying to earn money through sweet talk or selling items such as incense, free speech broadsides, sage, hats, t-shirts, and photos. There's some great street art and murals, so you really don't have to spend anything, except for parking.