Once my sister and I hit our teens, being Valley Girls, our ultimate goal was to rub shoulders with the much cooler types who always seemed to be at the beach. Finally, our parents succumbed to peer pressure and we hit the sandy beaches of Hermosa for the family vacation. Our lodgings were The Sea Sprite Motel, an iconic beach motel with a location that was – and still is – totally bitchin’. Like, right on the strand and next to the Hermosa Pier. (A primo place to watch surfers, I might add). Needless to say, my sis and I were stoked. As far as we were concerned, we were in St. Tropez.
It was great to check back in with the Sea Sprite and think back to those hot August afternoons of long ago – of surf and sun, and the wafting scent of Bain de Soleil (for the St. Tropez tan, remember?) And lets not forget the surfer dudes!
It's comforting to know that a total immersion So Cal experience can still be had simply by booking a room at the Sea Sprite. If you visit, go for the ocean view if you can. For an added splash of fun, rent a beach cruiser at Hermosa Beach Cyclery, and hit the strand. A relatively flat ride will take you to the beaches of Redondo, Manhattan, and beyond.
The Sea Sprite Motel
1016 The Strand
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254