The Best South Los Angeles Beach Spots

The Best South Los Angeles Beach Spots

Beloved for its beautiful weather, charming piers, and laid-back vibe, south Los Angeles is the perfect place to soak up sunshine and enjoy a little rest and relaxation. In fact, Los Angeles' South Bay region features some of the best beaches in the world. If you're hitting up the area, here are cute, must-visit beach destinations — we've also snuck in a few local QUAY stores to help you flex sunnies for your coastal 'fits.

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Playa del Rey Beach

South of Marina del Rey is the town of Playa del Rey, a low-key, small beach community with an array of cafes and boutiques. Just northwest of LAX, the beach itself is quiet and calm, featuring soothing views of the Marina del Rey harbor. Whether you're there to ride your bike or enjoy a volleyball match, it's the perfect spot for raising your vibes.

Manhattan Beach

Dubbed the "pearl of LA's South Bay," Manhattan Beach is simply iconic. If you're looking for things to do, downtown Manhattan Beach is a top-notch area to enjoy a fun day out. Indulge in delicious tapas at one of the many seafood shacks and get your shopping on at local clothing boutiques.

Hermosa Beach

If you take The Strand bike trail south from Manhattan County Beach, you'll reach Hermosa Beach in 10 minutes. Stretching two miles along the Pacific Ocean, it's a buzzy destination known for its surf festivals and volleyball tournaments. Besides checking out local events, stroll along Hermosa Beach Pier to watch beautiful sunsets.

Redondo Beach

Redondo Beach is always bustling with things to do, whether you're in the mood for stand-up paddling, whale watching, or fishing. If you're looking for a more relaxed itinerary, explore the food and games on the boardwalk. Depending on when you're at the pier, you might even catch a concert or farmers market.

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Torrance Beach

Torrance Beach is a low-key South Bay treasure that's relatively crowd free. While Torrance is often considered an inland city, its beach stretches 1.5 miles along the coast and features scenic views of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. For Top Gun-inspired aviator shades to level up your beach vibe, drop by our QUAY location three miles away at the Del Amo Fashion Center.

Junipero Beach

Marked by soft sand and calm waves, Junipero Beach is a Long Beach favorite. The sprawling beach area makes it an appealing stop for enjoying sunset views, and it's close to attractions such as the Long Beach Museum of Art. You can even catch free yoga classes at Bluff Park, which overlooks Junipero Beach. If you happen to be in the Long Beach area when checking out beaches south of Los Angeles, stop by QUAY at the Los Cerritos Center, which is about 12 miles away from Junipero Beach.

In the South Bay of Los Angeles, there's no shortage of beautiful coastline destinations. After catching waves and sunshine, check out nearby QUAY stores to treat yourself to some shopping.


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What Color Glasses Should I Get for My Eye Color

What Color Glasses Should I Get for My Eye Color

Besides helping you keep your vision in the clear, glasses can amp up your specs appeal. Other than looking for the perfect fit and silhouette for your face, consider how your specs match your eye color. The right pair of glasses (whether they're prescription, blue light, or readers) can easily showcase your eye color, whether you're emphasizing those baby blues or drawing out those deep browns.

If you’re wondering, “What color glasses should I get?,” we’ve got the answers. We've compiled a guide on the best frame colors for different eyes, adding in a few of our QUAY faves to help you shop your options. Remember that the rules aren't in stone, so don't forget to have fun trying out different colors. Load up our Virtual Try-On Tool to see how a particular frame looks on your face.

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Brown Eyes

Brown is the most common eye color, but that doesn’t mean that you have to default to boring frames. So what color brings out brown eyes? You can make brown eyes pop with plum and burgundy frames for a sleek, model off-duty look. Warm tones such as browns, torts, and khakis also complement earthy brown eyes.

Best Frames for Brown Eyes

  • WIRED: Get your look WIRED with a classic square in a versatile spice red color that will turn heads your way.

Blue Eyes

If you've got baby blues, frames in black and brown will give your eyes a pretty pop. For a soft but intriguing look, go for a light pink or coral accent. If you’re into blue frames for a fun matchy-matchy vibe, try a dark midnight or green-leaning turquoise to provide contrast with your eyes.

Best Frames for Blue Eyes

  • SIGN OFF: SIGN OFF in a large blush pink injection cat eye frame to contrast your ocean blue eyes — this can be an easy everyday pick, but it especially levels up your look during those special occasions.
  • HARDWIRE: HARDWIRE your daily ‘fit with premium specs appeal when you pair your blue eyes with classic black square glasses.

Green Eyes

If you’ve got green eyes, you can play up the greenery with neutrals such as earthy browns and torts. For bolder colors, try hues opposite of green on the color wheel — think picks such as burgundies and plums.

Best Frames for Green Eyes

  • FULLY AWARE: Make them FULLY AWARE of your beautiful green eyes with chic round specs in a milky tortoise color. These specs also feature a comfy keyhole bridge and snag-free, built-in nose pads for the perfect fit.
  • CALL THE SHOTS: Those with green eyes can CALL THE SHOTS with a spicy red color in a flirty cat eye silhouette.

Hazel Eyes

Hazel eyes aren’t just one color — they're a combination of colors, typically gold, brown, and green. Easy go-tos for hazel eyes include metallics, dusty pinks, tans, and grays, which bring out their multi-color vibe. If you're wondering how to make hazel eyes look greener, opt for an olive frame to bring out those greens. On the other hand, browns and golds can draw out the gorgeous gold flecks in hazel eyes. If you want to try out all the looks possible for your hazel eyes, stay tuned for QUAY’s BOGO sales to get a selection of your faves. Get the inside scoop ahead of these limited time sales by signing up for email and text alerts at the bottom of our site!

Best Frames for Hazel Eyes

  • CHECKMATE: If you're looking for the right move with hazel eyes, go CHECKMATE with a gold metal frame that brings out golden flecks in your eyes while keeping you comfy with adjustable nose pads.
  • TOTAL VIBE: Make it a TOTAL VIBE by bringing out those greens with oversized square green glasses.

Grey Eyes

With gray eyes, bright, bold colors may draw more attention to your glasses than your eyes, so a light hue may be the way to go. For soft, subtle grays, try matching your eye color with more understated frames — think metallics, baby pinks, and milky tones.

Best Frames for Gray Eyes

  • HIGH KEY: To keep your style HIGH KEY, contrast your soft gray eyes with a classic metallic aviator frame to flex an effortless beach vibe.
  • CEO: Channel your inner CEO with a blush pink premium injection frame that highlights your gray eyes. To give you those boss vibes, this cat-shaped square features reinforced arms for extra durability and built-in nose pads for comfort.

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Glasses don’t have to cover up your eyes — with the right pair, you can flex a gorgeous style effortlessly while emphasizing your beautiful eye color. To find glasses that make your eyes pop, shop QUAY Rx.

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How to Use Your FSA/HSA for Prescription Glasses

How to Use Your FSA/HSA for Prescription Glasses

As you review your benefits for the year, you might find you have extra FSA or HSA funds. Learn how to use them and what the differences are between the two.

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Best Prescription Glasses for Your Face Shape

Best Prescription Glasses for Your Face Shape

Other than notoriously cool sunnies, you'll also be able to get stylish prescription glasses at QUAY. Learn the best prescription frames for your face shape now.

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How to Shop LA’s Hottest Shops Like a Local

How to Shop LA’s Hottest Shops Like a Local

From beloved eateries to cute boutiques in Los Angeles, we'll help you get started on your LA itinerary. Explore the top shops we recommend now.

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