Best Swimwear Shops In South Bay

April 24, 2012 6:00 AM

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Swimming in Northern California takes some guts. Whether you are surfing the cold waters in a wetsuit, taking your family on a water adventure and needing accessories or simply laying poolside with friends, these swimwear shops have the best bikinis, boardshorts, bodysuits and accessories to have a good time.
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Palapa Lounge
88 W Main St.
Los Gatos, CA 95030
(408) 395-0692

Hours: Tues to Fri – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Named after the owner’s beautiful back yard seating area in Cabo San Lucas, Palapa is an independently owned and operated company that has once again created the need for designer swimwear in South Bay. Palapa Lounge has only been around since 2009, but already offers some of the best designer swimwear for the everyday woman. Collections include classics like O’Neill, lesser known brands like Sunsets and swimwear from MiracleSuit, designed to make you look 10 pounds lighter. It also offers darling clothing and accessory lines with options from Fancy Flips flip flops, Dorfman Pacific hats and Sun-n-Sand.

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Ujena Swimwear
1931A Old Middlefield Way
Mountain View, CA 94043
(650) 938-1010

Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ujena is an online swimwear shop with a factory showroom catering to Mountain View locals. Here you can walk in, try on and purchase. There are always associates nearby to help you find the perfect suit for your body type. Either try a suit on and purchase directly, or go online later and purchase that item you’ve been debating. The convenience available when coming to this swimwear shop is that they will always have your size and color, as the factory is attached to the showroom. Be sure to try on everything you like because bottoms cannot be returned.

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Palo Alto Sport Shop & Toy World
526 Waverley St.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 328-8555

Hours: Mon to Sat – 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Palo Alto is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. The large swimwear section alone deems this worthy as one of San Francisco’s best, because it offers options for the whole family. You can find swimwear for the kids, snorkling gear, wetsuits, fins, goggles, thermal wear and all other necessary equipment to kick your swim adventures up a notch. Palo Alto also runs a competitive swim website, which offers the aftercare products needed from swimming in chlorine or salt water. Bring the entire family in to get suited up for the summer.

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Canyon Beachwear
2855 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Santa Clara, California 95050
(408) 984-7848

Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Sat – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Canyon Beachwear caters to women with various swimwear styles. Located close to Santa Clara University in the Valley Fair Mall, this shop sells luxury swimwear for the casual female swimmer who wants to look and feel good in her swimsuit. Associates will immediately assist you in finding the perfect suit for your body type. They get in the newest designer collections every season including Swim Systems, Melissa Odabash, Lisa Curran and Nanette Lepore.

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NorCal Swimshop
5124 Stevens Creek Blvd.
San Jose, CA 95129
(408) 248-7946

Hours: Mon to Tues, Thurs to Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wed – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

NorCal Swimshop sells swimwear targeted to the competitive or advanced swimmer, as well as swim students of all ages. These one-piece suits are designed for speed and maximum agility with brands like Powerskin X-Glide gracing the selling floor. They work closely with the Pacific Swim Coaches Clinic and are experts in the competitive swim training circles. A trip here is informative and may even leave you signed up for swimming lessons. Make sure you like what you buy because there is a 15 percent restocking fee on all returns.

Mel Ball is the founder of, utilizing her background of 10 years in the beauty industry to promote, market, mentor, and build business for small salons and spas across the country. She links up quality salon or spa talented folks with businesses that need them, and supports the growth of all those in the service industry through her virtual knowledge networking site and real-world events. She resides in San Francisco. Her work can be found at

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