Pack your sunscreen and water because it is finally hot enough for a FAST beach day! And don’t forget to wear something cute like always.

As midterm season is in the full swing, we need to remember to take time for ourselves. Spring quarter is halfway done and the hot LA weather is just around the corner. The beach is an easy distraction and a quick detour from our midterm studying. 

We are just minutes away from some of the best beaches in Los Angeles, some may say even the world! People travel thousands of miles to vacation to these beaches while they are just in our proximity.  Here’s where to go and how to get there!





One of the most popular beaches for UCLA students to go to is Santa Monica due to its proximity to the Santa Monica boardwalk and Third Street Promenade. Here you can have it all; carnival rides, shopping, and swimming. You can get there by UCLA’s free shuttle that stops at De Neve and Hendrick!



 Abbot Kinney by Venice Beach is another great place to go if you plan on shopping and suntanning the day away. Who doesn’t love strolling by high-end boutiques and galleries after a day in the sun? You can use the Blue Bus directly from Gayley to Venice! By showing your bruin card this journey ends up being only fifty cents!


Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about the surfers! For the best surf spots, Malibu is the place to go. Both Surfrider and Zuma beach are the perfect places to go if you want to catch ten-foot waves at one of the most famous surfing locations in the world. Malibu is about a thirty-minute drive north from UCLA, but the journey is well worth it. For non-surfers, you can still go to Malibu to sunbathe, brunch or even to shop at the Malibu Mart!


So if you are inspired by these gorgeous photos of our fast team in Santa Monica and want to perform your own beach photoshoot, or you simply want a break from campus, these are the places you should seek out!




Here is the FAST beach photoshoot lookbook:




FAST blogger: Isabella Eagan

Photographer: Marissa Shankar and Jason Chua

Models: Natali Delgadillo and Ashley Garcia

Film: Sweena Mangal



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