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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. Make Santa Monica Bay a centerpiece of your Los Angeles vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Los Angeles travel itinerary maker.
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  • We walked to santa monica beach after visiting venice beach. Kids like the rides. It was much calmer, relaxing than venice beach. less freaks.  more »
  • The beach is large and kept clean. The pier has fun rides, shops and restaurants. It has the best year round weather. The 3rd Street Promenade has every store imaginable with people from everywhere.  more »
  • A great place to visit with the​ kids. Though it is one one side of LA, it is accessible via the metro which is a good thing as LA traffic can be bad. I did it staying at Hollywood and used the metro.  more »