Los Angeles International Airport

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Santa Monica Pier is the focal point of a wide stretch of beach.

For a quick blast of that endless summer vibe, it's relatively easy to escape LAX and soak up some Southern California sunshine.

The closest strand, just over the airport fence and directly under the LAX flight path, is Dockweiler State Beach, a wide sandy stretch with Playa del Rey at the northern end.

Just north is Marina Del Rey and Venice Beach, famous for its colorful people-watching opportunities on the boardwalk.

Beyond lies celebrated Santa Monica, with the buzzing Santa Monica Pier and the original Muscle Beach on its south side. A taxi is the quickest option. You can also get there by public transport -- just allow up to an hour each way.

Santa Monica offers plenty of hearty food joints near the beach. If you're in the mood for a more upmarket seafood eatery, there's Water Grill (1401 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica; +1 310 394 5669) on Ocean Avenue.

South of the airport, Manhattan, Hermosa and Redondo Beaches are decent options.

First published July 11, 2017: 8:06 AM ET

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