Also known as Mother's Beach, this bay-lapped stretch of sand is perfect for families with small kids looking for free activities. The lack of waves and the shallow swimming area are the biggest draws for families, but be sure to watch your kiddos who can gain false confidence and wade out a little too far. There is also a playground within a few feet from the sand boasting modern playthings and is kept relatively clean. But, since this beach is small, expect it to get crowded on the weekends, but a weekday visit offers plenty of space for your kids to run around and splash in the warm Southern California water. Just be prepared with coins for the meter because the change machines don't always work.