04/01/2013 12:23 pm ET Updated Jun 01, 2013

5 Awesome Los Angeles Beaches for Families

Miles of soft sand, swaying palm trees, and the lure of the sparkling ocean make the City of Angels a magnet for surf-and-sun devotees. Yet with over 90 beaches and 75 miles of shoreline in Los Angeles County, it can be difficult for visiting families to know where to begin.

When compiling this go-to list of great kid-friendly beaches, we gave top priority to cleanliness. Each of our picks consistently makes the A-list from Heal the Bay, an organization that measures and tracks pollution at 475 California beaches. We also considered location, amenities, and family-fun vibe. These five beaches get top marks on all fronts, so lather on the sunscreen and bring the kids.

Mimi Slawoff, a Los Angeles-based journalist, contributed this to

5 Awesome L.A. Beaches for Families