A Spectacular Finish To Fun Days In The South Bay
If there’s one must-do daily things to do in Hermosa Beach, it’s seeing those spectacular sunsets that nature provides us nearly each and every day of the year.
There are precious few places in the entire world that have sunsets over an ocean and we live in one of them. I always watch the sunset because I love the warm feeling they give me, the spectacular satisfaction of their beauty and because I realize how lucky I am to be here to see them.
For me, seeing them is a part of the lifestyle culture of Hermosa Beach (as well as neighboring Manhattan & Redondo).
Yet one things puzzles me. I can never understand why, at about 15 minutes or so before sunset, locals don’t pour out of their houses and apartments to flood The Strand and enjoy it as community.
Why they don’t have a glass of wine or a beer in their hand (easy, City of Hermosa Beach, I’m not talking about having a block party here, just a few minutes which are best accompanied by a drink), fill up The Strand or sit/stand on the beach and take in these marvelous moments.
Heck, even the beach volleyball players rarely stop hitting the danged ball at sunset.
All these people need to go to Mallory Square in Key West where the sunsets are an experience.
About the only place locals do turn out as a group is in El Porto, the northernmost point of Manhattan Beach. Each evening, a few dozen people walk down to The Strand from 40th to 45th streets and enjoy the sunset as a group. Not only are they sharing something special, they are spending time with their neighbors.
That’s why it’s the best place to watch sunsets in the South Bay. It would be nice if people did that here in Hermosa.