For well over 100 years, crowds have flocked to Los Angeles beaches.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when elaborate bathing costumes and parasols constituted standard beachwear, visitors and residents descended upon beachfront resorts and boardwalk amusement parks.
Most of those attractions had vanished by the 1960s, but people didn’t stop going to the beach, and new activities like surfing and beach volleyball had emerged as some of the region’s most popular pastimes.
Thanks to old photos like the ones below, we have plenty of record of how, when, and where people have enjoyed the beach throughout LA’s history. If you plan to hit the shore this weekend, take these images as inspiration. And be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen.