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Santa Monica Bay, Los Angeles

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A bay bordered by a crescent-shaped shore between Malibu and Los Angeles, the mainland of Santa Monica Bay is lined with high-end property. Many piers and docks offer fishing and parking for private vessels. Some of the larger piers, such as Santa Monica Pier and Marina Del Rey, are full of entertainment, shopping, and restaurants. A fishing or boat tour helps you appreciate the California coast. Adrenaline-pumping water activities are also available. Use our Los Angeles trip planner to visit Santa Monica Bay on your trip to Los Angeles, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Really nice beach! And nice boardwalk experience. We ate at Bubbas - great seafood place. Based on the movie Forrest Gump. We stayed about a block from the beach so just walked everywhere. Great shopp...  more »
  • This beautiful place, icy waters, made this walk from the beach of Malibu until the pier, reminds us of movies and series.
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  • Similar to fantastic coastal, one must look far after. Beautiful white sand beaches. There is livredere on most lines
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