Torrance, CA, USA

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Torrance, CA, USA

Torrance vacation rentals

A hidden gem on sunny South Bay

Torrance may not get the hype of neighboring coastal communities like Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach, but it’s just as much of a hotspot. Located further down South Bay, overlooking the vast, sapphire sweep of the Pacific Ocean, Torrance exudes charm with its historic, preserved buildings, and of course the long sweep of the beach. Torrance vacation rentals have pride of place in these idyllic surroundings – you can expect to find houses just steps away from the sands, blessed with fruit-filled gardens and hammocks to relax on. For pure R&R, Torrance ticks the boxes.

Basking on the sand in Torrance

The main draw around these parts is that sparkling coastline. Torrance Beach is less well known than some other spots on the bay, but that only adds to its allure. Here, you’ll find a long swathe of sand, lapped by crystal-clear water, and attracting volleyball players, hikers, surfers, and those just wanting a place to lie back and catch the California rays. The view of Palos Verdes Peninsula gives the horizon a dramatic aspect, too. Feeling active? Hop on a bicycle and pedal along the Strand, an epic bike path which runs all the way up to Malibu. If it’s shopping you’re after, there’s no better place than Del Amo Fashion Center, an airy mall dotted with palm trees and chic boutiques.

Exploring art in Torrance

If you can bear to drag yourself away from the soft sands on the SoCal coast, there’s plenty of culture to explore near your Torrance vacation rental. One rather exquisite attraction is the California Museum of Fine Art, which is a hybrid of museum and private gallery. Here, you can browse works by local artists and actually buy them, if your bank balance allows. It’s a revealing look at the thriving arts scene around these parts. Then, make a beeline for the Chen Art Gallery, a lavish treasure trove of Chinese art, which will take you on a journey across 5,000 years of history. You can see ancient jade carvings, bronze Buddhist statues, and imperial rooms decked out with Ming Dynasty decor.

Late summer pleasures in Torrance

It almost goes without saying the best time to book Torrance vacation rentals is the summer. That said, you’ll probably want to avoid the early summer months if you can help it, to steer clear of “June gloom”, when the skies can get overcast. Come from August onwards to be sure of hot, glorious, beach-worthy weather. Pack the sun cream and your most flamboyant swimming threads, and prepare to get stuck into the Californian beach lifestyle during an unforgettable vacation.

Rugged natural nooks in Torrance

Torrance is about more than picture-postcard beach vistas. There are also some more rugged and dramatic areas to explore, if you’re feeling intrepid. The Madrona Marsh Preserve is a wetland within the urban sprawl, offering an unexpected glimpse of nature at its most untamed. Walking through this fertile area, you can spot over 275 native bird species. To the south, there’s another natural landmark in the form of Malaga Cove, which leads onto the peninsula, has an off-the-beaten-path feel, and is a magnet for scuba divers.