3 must-see beach cities in SoCal Hermosa Beach, CA Just outside the Hollywood buzz enough but not too far. This adorable beach town is a hidden gem with lots to see. La Jolla, CA One of the most beautiful beaches in California holds residence to seals and sea lions. You can get up close and personal with these seals and sea lions but be careful, they do bark. La Jolla also has tons of trendy and upscale boutiques to check out. Huntington Beach, CA Surf City USA, where you will see plenty of surfers catching waves and sun-kissed locals on every corner. Lots of shopping and fun restaurants to hit along the way as well.