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. To visit Santa Monica Beach on your holiday in Santa Monica, and find out what else Santa Monica has to offer, use our Santa Monica trip itinerary maker tool .
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  • Very very clean and beautiful beach and lot of activities are all around, best time to visit is before sunset.  more »
  • noso touched a day low cool to know but the beach was very nice clean take the pier and the Park since I didn't have the climate for entering the water
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  • This was lovely, it wasn’t too busy, relatively clean sand and sea. Only annoying part was the guy selling water, as he was shaking parasols too which blew sand everywhere!!  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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