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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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  • 그냥 마냥 걷기만 했는데도 시원하고 탁 트인 느낌을 온전히 즐기는게 너무 좋았던 곳입니다! 노을지는 것 까지 보면 더 예뻐요! 
  • we visited the beach in late November and the weather was in the low 20's with blue skies. It was a lovely wide beach which we practically had to ourselves. I imagine it would be packed in summer. The...  more »
  • Whether tourist or local, this beach never fails to amaze everyone. From bike rentals to Ferris Wheel, or restaurants and bars, you can spend a whole day exploring this beautiful LA spot. Great place ...  more »
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  • Santa Monica has great beaches in a great location. A couple blocks below third street, it is in a great location. There are great restaurants and shops nearby. The view of Malibu to the North, and Palos Verdes to the South are great, especially at/near sunset. This place is idyllic and a must-see if you are looking for a taste of California life.The Santa Monica pier splits the beach. It is a lot of fun its carnival rides, roller coasters, and its arcades. The food on the pier is expensive, however, and I would recommend walking up into Santa Monica to find something to eat.
  • So so so so crowded but if you can find a parking spot (go early) and relax and set up. It's a really lovely beach. Close to the pier and lots of stuff to do in the area, it is like getting away in a crowded place though. Loved boogie boarding and being able to listen to the performers on the pier. All within a short walk of the parking right at the beach. it cost $12 and cash only but I always think it's well worth it. The bottom one is a bit harder to get to and the pier one fills up very fast but will always recommend the convenience!
  • Gorgeous Beach with a lot of space. Great for sunbathing, swimming, riding a bike, rollerskating. Food, restrooms and rental facilities located on Santa Monica Pier. Most of the time lifeguard on duty.
  • Best beach 🌊 in California. Lots of people to chill there . Good to watch skating , surfing and different people over there ... love it 😍 The view from the giant wheel is superb ... Must experience ... 👌🏻
  • The beach going down from the pier to towards Venice is much more of a place to really get some fun out of your day at then going and hanging out in the other side.