Santa Monica Beach, Santa Monica

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Bask in the warm California sun on the white sand shores of Santa Monica Beach. Stretching over 4.82 km (3 mi) along the Santa Monica Bay, the beach is the area’s hub for outdoor activity, including swimming, surfing, and biking, as well as beachside eating and shopping. Take a nap in the sand after some beach volleyball or paddleboarding. Pack a picnic to enjoy, and don’t miss a chance to walk along Santa Monica Pier for a full array of eateries, souvenir shops, and street entertainment. Make Santa Monica Beach a part of your Santa Monica vacation plans using our Santa Monica vacation route planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Who wants to lie comfortably on this beach and relax a bit in the Sun, should settle down directly to the pier, but on a walk on the beach. Then, (at least in the week until shortly after noon), it is really very nice!
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  • August 14, 2017
    this beach is cleaner and more recommandable for families that Venice beach//clean and lots of action  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We visited both Venice and Santa Monica beaches, and Santa Monica was definitely the best for surfing. Also, the pier is fun and kitchy too!  more »
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  • August 5, 2017
    I have the honor of working really close to this beach. I get to enjoy small walks on Ocean Boulevard with the beautiful view of PCH and the Santa Monica State Beach. Colorful array of apartments, diverse people, vibrant greens even in the scorching heat of summer. As a local here, it does get irksome especially in the afternoon til dusk for there is a serious influx of people coming to enjoy the beautiful view and warm sand at the beach. But who could blame them? Santa Monica is very popular for a reason. They also have this long boardwalk where a lot of people walk, run, jog m, skate, and bike on. It extends to Venice Beach. There's a specific area on the southern side for working out. There's also a tiny playground. I, myself, have enjoyed the swings multiple times. Of course, it has gotten quite dirty - trash here and there - over the years, as it gets more modish. But its beauty may never get past me.
  • August 22, 2017
    It's Santa Monica.... Rent a bike, take a ride on the bike trail, You'll understand.. Its California in all its misunderstood diversity..... Parking in the beach lots Away from the pier close at SUNSET. Best lot for parking if you're staying late is parking structure 6 or on the pier.
  • May 22, 2017
    The essential Baywatch style, L.A. beach experience. Hugely popular with locals and tourists, expect huge crowds on weekends. Especially during the summer. Parking is not too bad, and beaches are relatively clean, and the crowd varies wildly. Highly recommended, for both couples, singles and families. Excellent for people watching and taking in some sun.
  • September 3, 2017
    Great beach if you love medium waves! Riding or renting a bike is at a good cost, I would have to say the beach is very dirty and filthy. But the park is a must to if you're going to go to Santa Monica.
  • August 25, 2017
    Clean, busy but a good beach for tourists. Parking next to the pier was $10 with no reentry. Venice, although smaller, seemed like a better beach for someone not from California, but Santa Monica was a-OK.

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Where to stay in Santa Monica

Santa Monica's hotels range from luxury to boutique, offering more than 3,500 rooms located at or near the waterfront. Staying at a beachfront resort can cost a bundle, so if you have a limited budget in mind, consider accommodations away from the water. Hotels just a few blocks from the ocean offer comfortable rooms with free Wi-Fi and cable TV at a fraction of the cost charged by their beachfront equivalents. For an even more affordable stay, consider one of the city's inns or motels.
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