Hermosa is a Spanish word meaning "beautiful". The city's beach is popular for sunbathing, beach volleyball, surfing, paddleboarding, bars, cycling and running. The city itself extends only about 15 blocks from east to west and 40 blocks from north to south, with Pacific Coast Highway running down the middle.
Hermosa Beach offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Hermosa Beach there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks.