Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica State Beach
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Neighborhood: Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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  • Tom F
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Summer place
    Nice beach with beautiful girls and sand and good water for a paddle/bodyboard. It can get a bit busy around the pier side though but great for kids and adults. Parking is bit expensive but it is close to beach.
    Visited August 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written May 17, 2023
  • Michael H
    Worthing, United Kingdom57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fab visit to Santa Monica beach and pier
    Really enjoyed our visit to Santa Monica beach and the pier in May. It was a beautiful day, a bit windy so sea had lots of spray and surf on the waves. We loved the lively pier and it’s views back over the beach and back towards Santa Monica and surrounding area. Seemed full of happy people and families
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 15, 2023
  • Lenny H
    Auckland, New Zealand794 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Californian beach
    A great stretch of beach for a walk and to watch the sunset - which is rather early. Definitely a must visit. Many many beach volley ball courts. Happy, friendly atmosphere.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 5, 2024
  • AMohsen
    Port Said, Egypt489 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Should be on the list
    The most popular and vibrant beaches in Los Angeles are Santa Monica and Venice beaches, so they must be on the list. The seawater quality and color are not that impressive, but the beach is quite joyful and picturesque. The popular Baywatch towers are there.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 7, 2024
  • AMohsen
    Port Said, Egypt489 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beach Joy
    The most popular and vibrant beaches in Los Angeles are Santa Monica and Venice beaches, so they must be on the list. The seawater quality and color are not that impressive, but the beach is quite joyful and picturesque. The popular Baywatch towers are there.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 18, 2024
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AMohsen
Port Said, Egypt489 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
The most popular and vibrant beaches in Los Angeles are Santa Monica and Venice beaches, so they must be on the list. The seawater quality and color are not that impressive, but the beach is quite joyful and picturesque. The popular Baywatch towers are there.
Written February 18, 2024
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Aimee Z
Singapore, Singapore5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Santa Monica Beach is really big, with a long coastline for tourists to swim, play in the water, and even surf. There are also many recreational facilities and entertainment facilities nearby for people to use.
Written January 20, 2024
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Lenny H
Auckland, New Zealand794 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
A great stretch of beach for a walk and to watch the sunset - which is rather early. Definitely a must visit. Many many beach volley ball courts. Happy, friendly atmosphere.
Written January 6, 2024
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Dr Javed Rasheed
Chennai (Madras), India2,687 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Visited this place on 19th May 2023 as it was close to the Shutters on the beach hotel where we were staying in LA, USA 🇺🇸.The beach is located along Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica. It is 3.5 miles (5.6 km) long and has parks, picnic areas, playgrounds, restrooms, it’s a great and popular tourist attraction and destination and took a few pics.
Dr. Javed Rasheed
Written November 2, 2023
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Kelsey M
Calgary, Canada5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Beautiful massive beach. It was our first trip to LA and the beach was amazing. We don't go in the water because the day we were there is was a bit cloudy and chilly. But we rented bike a and ride along the pathway from the Santa Monica pier to Venice Beach. I think because of the weather it wasn't super busy for the little bike ride. Highly recommend!
Written October 7, 2023
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Sheila P
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
It's no wonder that it's considered one of the most iconic beach destinations in the United States. I recently had the pleasure of spending a day at this beautiful coastal spot, and it left me in awe of its natural beauty and vibrant atmosphere.
Written September 27, 2023
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CasandraTP
Sydney, Australia1,081 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
You can’t visit Santa Monica without going to the beach. Admittedly we only went to the beach near the pier but it was really dirty and the water was cold. We even picked up broken glass in the sand before someone cut their foot open. It may be cleaner further down the beach but I wasn’t inspired to find out. You really don’t need to bother.
Written August 2, 2023
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Tracey M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Clean beach and sea, even for a busy Sunday morning! Helpful staff / workers … close to metro station which was easily navigated ..would highly recommend!
Written July 30, 2023
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Michael H
Worthing, UK57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Really enjoyed our visit to Santa Monica beach and the pier in May. It was a beautiful day, a bit windy so sea had lots of spray and surf on the waves.

We loved the lively pier and it’s views back over the beach and back towards Santa Monica and surrounding area. Seemed full of happy people and families
Written July 15, 2023
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BarbG
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Such a beautiful place. Lots of interesting and spectacular things to see. Would absolutely go vacation here. Sadly this was via a tour. But such a great find.
Written July 6, 2023
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