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Southern California's Best Beaches

  First Posted: 07/21/10 02:51 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:05 PM ET

For the rest of the best in LA beaches, dining and culture, check out Los Angeles Magazine.

By Ann Herold and Sara Wilson

We combed the coast for places you could escape to--without a boarding pass. Check out our top 10.

Doggy Day Care: Arroyo Burro Beach
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The sight-seeing is lovely at this Santa Barbara locale (also known as Hendry’s), but it’s that rare prospect of a leash-free dog beach that brings in many of the day-trippers. Signs will direct you to the south, past the striking tree-topped cliffs of the Douglas Family Preserve, where your friend can also roam sans leash. He’ll soon forget he’s a kept beast.

Getting there: Take the Las Positas off-ramp from the 101 north and turn left; turn right at road’s end. The large parking lot is free.

Feeling flush: At the Boathouse restaurant adjacent to the beach, you can load up on a traditional breakfast or a seafood lunch.

Photo via Flickr: R Stanek
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