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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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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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  • This was our first California beach experience. There were homeless people on the beach. When you go to the pier their are musicians begging for your money. I noticed some trash in the sand. In my opi...  more »
  • It was an okay beach. We passed up the pier which we regret but we had already paid for parking so we weren't going to walk all the way down the beach to get there. It's not much to say about this bea...  more »
  • If you're looking to actually go to the beach , go south a few miles to Venice or walk (or) ride Bikes which would be good during the week but on the weekends it's gridlock like the freeway at 5:00......  more »