Santa Monica State Beach, Santa Monica

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Bask in the warm California sun on the white sand shores of Santa Monica State 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 State 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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  • Beautiful long beach at the Santa Monica Pier! It cost 100 kr to park and they only take cash! We went to the beach and the pier twice during our stay, well worth the money!
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  • Santa Monica State Beach is just a walk out of most hotel’s doors in SM, which is delightful. There really is quite a bit to do here with Muscle Beach, walking, biking, scooter path and the Pier. Ther...  more »
  • Great way to soak up some rays, kick back with an ice cream or a cold beverage or maybe both. Smell the fresh sea air and enjoy the wind in your hair.  more »
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