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Not all beaches are created equal: some of them are filthy, others are clean. We'd all rather swim in the clean ones, and, thankfully, Heal the Bay puts out a yearly beach report card to help us make educated decisions about where to wade into the briny deep. In honor of Outdoors Week, we've mapped out 20 of the cleanest strands in Los Angeles. All the beaches have scored at least two As and no lower than a B in the three categories on Heal the Bay's 2014 beach report card. Happy swimming!

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1. Leo Carrillo Beach

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35000 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265

Averaging an A on Heal The Bay's list of clean beaches in 2014, this rad Malibu location is close to a pretty sweet campground. Summer (dry) and year-round (wet) grades: A+; winter (dry): A. [Image via Shabdro Photo]

2. Zuma Beach

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30050 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265

At the Zuma Creek mouth, the grades were As all around—dry winter and summer, and year-round wet weather. [Image via Eric Demarcq]

3. Nicholas Canyon County Beach

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33850 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265

Measured at San Nicholas Canyon Creek. Summer (dry): A+; year-round (wet): A+; winter (dry): A.

4. El Matador State Beach

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32215 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Malibu, CA 90265

At Encinal Canyon, the grades were summer (dry): A; winter (dry): A+; year-round (wet): A+. [Image via Ben Foster]

5. Escondido Beach

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This beach is certainly "escondido" but it's accessible to public via a public access gate for the beach on the east side of Escondido Creek (where HtB tested the water) and a second access by a steep stairway just west of the restaurant Geoffrey's Malibu. The street *is* private, though, so don't park there. Grades at Escondido Creek were summer and winter (dry): A; year-round (wet): B

6. Dan Blocker Beach Malibu

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PCH
Malibu, CA

Dan Blocker Beach at Solstice Canyon got an A average. Winter and summer (dry weather): A; year-round wet: B

7. Carbon Beach

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22514 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 456-1117

Grades at Sweetwater Canyon: Summer and winter (dry): A; year-round (wet): A+

8. Las Tunas County Beach

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Pacific Coast Highway & Tuna Canyon Road
Malibu, CA 90265

Grades at Pena Creek were A-pluses all around, wet or dry, rain or shine. Why, hat's good enough for the honor roll!

9. Will Rogers State Beach

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15100 Pacific Coast Hwy
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
(310) 305-9546

Grades at the Pulga Canyon storm drain were the best (A-pluses whatever the weather, all year; on the HtB honor roll), but the whole of the beach averaged about an A- overall EXCEPT for the part by the Santa Monica drain, where Rustic Creek cuts the beach. [Image via L Schinto]

10. Venice Beach

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Venice Beach
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 399-6990
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Venice's beach was cleanest at the Rose Avenue drain, where it got straight A-pluses and won a spot on Heal the Bay's honor roll. Another clean choice is the beach at the Rose Avenue drain: summer (Dry): A+, winter (dry): A; year-round (wet): A. [Image via Eyetwist]

11. Dockweiler State Beach

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12501 Vista del Mar
Playa del Rey, CA 90293
(310) 305-9523

The sections of the beach by North Westchester, Grand Avenue, and the Hyperion Treatment Plant (go figure) were the cleanest, scoring nothing but As. [Image via Daily Matador]

12. Hermosa Beach

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Hermosa was cleanest by 26th Street, where it scored: summer (dry) A; winter (dry) and year-round (wet): A+. [Image via Mike Miller]

13. Redondo Beach

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Redondo beach was cleanest at Sapphire Street, where it scored As in dry winter and summer, and a B in year-round wet weather. Elsewhere on the beach was also fairly clean, except south of the pier, which got a couple Cs. [Image via Howard F.]

14. Torrance Beach

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201 Paseo De La Playa
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Torrance's tiny beach is just about one-and-a-half miles long and was only tested in one spot, but it scored very well: summer (dry): A; winter (dry) and year-round (wet): A+. [Image via Terrell C. Woods]

15. Malaga Cove

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Neighborhood of Malaga Cove
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Palos Verdes' spot Malaga Cove earned A-pluses across the board and a place on HtB's honor roll this year. [Image via Lori Bucci Photography]

16. Bluff Cove

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This Palos Verdes beach scored: summer (Dry): A; winter (dry) and year-round (wet): A+

17. Abalone Cove Shoreline Park

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5970 Palos Verdes Dr S
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
(310) 377-1222

With straight A-pluses, all year and all weather, this was another HtB honor roll recipient. Bonus: this area is actually a two-for-one, since it contains both Abalone Cove and Sacred Cove beaches.

18. Portuguese Bend Reserve

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Park Place Rd.
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

We get it, Palos Verdes: your waters are pristine. This HtB honor roll winner scored all A-pluses in all weather and in all seasons. [Image via DJ Tambour]

19. Royal Palms County Beach

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Straight As for this beach. The Wilder annex near Point Fermin Park also did well: winter (dry): A; summer (dry) and year-round (wet): A+

20. Cabrillo Beach

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3720 Stephen M White Dr
San Pedro, CA 90731

The ocean side of Cabrillo beach was clean and clear enough for HtB's honor roll, but do NOT go harborside by the boat launch or the restrooms, where Fs were handed out at least once. [Image via Joey Zannotti]

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1. Leo Carrillo Beach

35000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265

Averaging an A on Heal The Bay's list of clean beaches in 2014, this rad Malibu location is close to a pretty sweet campground. Summer (dry) and year-round (wet) grades: A+; winter (dry): A. [Image via Shabdro Photo]

35000 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265

2. Zuma Beach

30050 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

At the Zuma Creek mouth, the grades were As all around—dry winter and summer, and year-round wet weather. [Image via Eric Demarcq]

30050 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265

3. Nicholas Canyon County Beach

33850 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265

Measured at San Nicholas Canyon Creek. Summer (dry): A+; year-round (wet): A+; winter (dry): A.

33850 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265

4. El Matador State Beach

32215 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, CA 90265

At Encinal Canyon, the grades were summer (dry): A; winter (dry): A+; year-round (wet): A+. [Image via Ben Foster]

32215 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Malibu, CA 90265

5. Escondido Beach

Malibu, CA

This beach is certainly "escondido" but it's accessible to public via a public access gate for the beach on the east side of Escondido Creek (where HtB tested the water) and a second access by a steep stairway just west of the restaurant Geoffrey's Malibu. The street *is* private, though, so don't park there. Grades at Escondido Creek were summer and winter (dry): A; year-round (wet): B

6. Dan Blocker Beach Malibu

PCH, Malibu, CA

Dan Blocker Beach at Solstice Canyon got an A average. Winter and summer (dry weather): A; year-round wet: B

PCH
Malibu, CA

7. Carbon Beach

22514 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

Grades at Sweetwater Canyon: Summer and winter (dry): A; year-round (wet): A+

22514 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265

8. Las Tunas County Beach

Pacific Coast Highway & Tuna Canyon Road, Malibu, CA 90265

Grades at Pena Creek were A-pluses all around, wet or dry, rain or shine. Why, hat's good enough for the honor roll!

Pacific Coast Highway & Tuna Canyon Road
Malibu, CA 90265

9. Will Rogers State Beach

15100 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Grades at the Pulga Canyon storm drain were the best (A-pluses whatever the weather, all year; on the HtB honor roll), but the whole of the beach averaged about an A- overall EXCEPT for the part by the Santa Monica drain, where Rustic Creek cuts the beach. [Image via L Schinto]

15100 Pacific Coast Hwy
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

10. Venice Beach

Venice Beach, Venice, CA 90291

Venice's beach was cleanest at the Rose Avenue drain, where it got straight A-pluses and won a spot on Heal the Bay's honor roll. Another clean choice is the beach at the Rose Avenue drain: summer (Dry): A+, winter (dry): A; year-round (wet): A. [Image via Eyetwist]

Venice Beach
Venice, CA 90291

11. Dockweiler State Beach

12501 Vista del Mar, Playa del Rey, CA 90293

The sections of the beach by North Westchester, Grand Avenue, and the Hyperion Treatment Plant (go figure) were the cleanest, scoring nothing but As. [Image via Daily Matador]

12501 Vista del Mar
Playa del Rey, CA 90293

12. Hermosa Beach

Hermosa Beach, CA

Hermosa was cleanest by 26th Street, where it scored: summer (dry) A; winter (dry) and year-round (wet): A+. [Image via Mike Miller]

13. Redondo Beach

Redondo Beach, CA

Redondo beach was cleanest at Sapphire Street, where it scored As in dry winter and summer, and a B in year-round wet weather. Elsewhere on the beach was also fairly clean, except south of the pier, which got a couple Cs. [Image via Howard F.]

14. Torrance Beach

201 Paseo De La Playa, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Torrance's tiny beach is just about one-and-a-half miles long and was only tested in one spot, but it scored very well: summer (dry): A; winter (dry) and year-round (wet): A+. [Image via Terrell C. Woods]

201 Paseo De La Playa
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

15. Malaga Cove

Neighborhood of Malaga Cove, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Palos Verdes' spot Malaga Cove earned A-pluses across the board and a place on HtB's honor roll this year. [Image via Lori Bucci Photography]

Neighborhood of Malaga Cove
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

16. Bluff Cove

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

This Palos Verdes beach scored: summer (Dry): A; winter (dry) and year-round (wet): A+

17. Abalone Cove Shoreline Park

5970 Palos Verdes Dr S, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

With straight A-pluses, all year and all weather, this was another HtB honor roll recipient. Bonus: this area is actually a two-for-one, since it contains both Abalone Cove and Sacred Cove beaches.

5970 Palos Verdes Dr S
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

18. Portuguese Bend Reserve

Park Place Rd., Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

We get it, Palos Verdes: your waters are pristine. This HtB honor roll winner scored all A-pluses in all weather and in all seasons. [Image via DJ Tambour]

Park Place Rd.
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

19. Royal Palms County Beach

San Pedro, CA 90732

Straight As for this beach. The Wilder annex near Point Fermin Park also did well: winter (dry): A; summer (dry) and year-round (wet): A+

20. Cabrillo Beach

3720 Stephen M White Dr, San Pedro, CA 90731

The ocean side of Cabrillo beach was clean and clear enough for HtB's honor roll, but do NOT go harborside by the boat launch or the restrooms, where Fs were handed out at least once. [Image via Joey Zannotti]

3720 Stephen M White Dr
San Pedro, CA 90731