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Dockweiler Beach
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Dockweiler Beach Setting Sun © Rainer Quesada
The sun begins to set over the beach.
Dockweiler Beach Bike Path © Rainer Quesada
A detail of the bike path that runs through the Los Angeles beaches.
Dockweiler Beach Rock Pier © Rainer Quesada
Rocks jut out into the ocean for people to enjoy.
Dockweiler Beach California Sunset © Rainer Quesada
A classic California sunset.
Dockweiler Beach Dockweiler Life © Rainer Quesada
A starfish and mussels are on exhibit as two of the many life forms one can enjoy on the beach.
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12000 Vista Del Mar   90293
(lat:33.9305 lon:-118.4357) map location

Phone: 424-526-7777
Dockweiler Beach is three-mile-long section of Los Angeles shoreline that's seldom crowded. A west-facing beach, Dockweiler is the only place in Los Angeles County where you can have a bonfire and it has the only beachfront RV park as well. Although it's in the middle of the city, this piece of sand is not surrounded by buildings and houses.
History of the Area
Located in Los Angeles County, this beach was named after Isidore B. Dockweiler, a prominent local figure and lawyer.

The area originally belonged to the Tongva Native American tribe before Spanish colonization in 1542.

In the late 19th century it became part of Rancho Sausal Redondo owned by Sir Robert Burnett of Scotland.

It later transitioned into an oil field during California's early-20th-century petroleum boom until its depletion around mid-century.

Los Angeles county acquired most land parcels between 1948 and1975 for public recreational use as a park with camping facilities.

It is known for hang gliding activities from adjacent bluffs and bonfires on designated fire rings along its shoreline.
- Dockweiler RV Park: Offers full hook-up sites for recreational vehicles.
- Tent Camping: Not allowed on the beach itself, but nearby campgrounds offer tent camping options.
- Day Use Areas: Picnic areas and fire pits are available during daytime hours.

- Dockweiler Beach Bike Path: A 22-mile long trail, ideal for biking and walking with stunning beach views.

- El Segundo Beach Trail: Located adjacent to the north of Dockweiler State Beach; a short but scenic hiking route.

- Ballona Creek Bicycle Path: An approximately seven miles path that starts at Syd Kronenthal Park in east Culver City and extends to Playa del Rey.

- Marvin Braude Coastal Bike Trail (The Strand): This is an impressive 22-mile bike path along the Pacific coastline from Torrance County Beach to Will Rogers State Beach.

-The South Bay Bicycle Trail : Extends over three miles through Manhattan, Hermosa, Redondo beaches ending at Torrance County beach

-Culver Boulevard Median Park - Biking & Walking Trails : Offers two parallel paths - one for walkers/joggers another dedicated cycling lane stretching about four blocks on either side of Overland Avenue

-Veterans Parkway/Hermosa Valley Greenbelt : Approximately six mile-long urban forested corridor offering shaded jogging or strolling opportunities

-Manhattan's Veterans Parkway/Bike Paths - Provides roughly two-miles stretch between Ardmore Ave/Valley Drive running south towards Herondo Street near Hermosa border

-Bruce's Beechwood Canyon Hiking Loop-A moderate level hike spanning around five kilometers located close by in Topanga state park

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
March 7 Cali Trip by Kathy_R
park review stars; one to five
April 10 To the lifeguards. by Lisa_H_
park review stars; one to five I just want to Thank the lifeguards that were on duty today 04/09/22 They saved myself and my daughters life. We were carried out by a current and we were drowning. Just when I thought that I was going to drown three lifeguards were in the water helping us back to shore. I never got a chance to thank them, I was trying to catch my breath and couldnt talk.They really saved our lives. You guys are my heroes Im forever Grateful
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Dockweiler Beach RV Park
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The beach is located at the western terminus of Imperial Highway in Playa del Rey.

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