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Santa Monica State Beach Santa Monica

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Santa Monica State Beach
1642 Ocean Front Walk
Santa Monica
CA
90401
Tel: 310 458 8300

Where are we going today?

Santa Monica is one of the most popular destinations to anyone living or visiting the great city of Los Angeles, and Santa Monica State Beach is a huge reason why!

Santa Monica State Beach is the city's most beautiful natural attraction, with 3.5 miles of lovely sandy coastline to play on. With 340 days of sunshine a year, you can have more than one family day out here for sure!

The beach is a great way for active kids to get out all that extra energy that we know they have! They can play in the water, build sandcastles, explore and run. But Santa Monica State Beach is so much more than just sand!

There are fun and athletic activities all along the beach front, which include trying to catch a wave in the surf, and practicing your swimming in the beautiful ocean. Maybe you want to try your hand at beach volleyball or ride along on your bike on the bike paths.

Parents, you don't need to worry because lifeguards are posted all year round, so you know that there is always someone on duty to watch your playing kids!

The pier, of course, is nearby too and has a host of fun attractions such as a theme park, boats, rides, an aquarium and an arcade. 

Did you know that Santa Monica State Beach has a number of beach parks to? Each one is a few acres in size, and each have a range of attractions from children's playgrounds, picnic tables, cafes, tennis courts and even a basketball court. 

Get that sunscreen out, get those active kids ready and get out into the sunshine to enjoy California as it should be enjoyed! 

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsPay and Play
  • ChildrenPay and Play
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Independent features operating individually.

All year round

I'm Hungry!

Food and beverages may be purchased at several concession stands and restaurants north and south of the Santa Monica Pier. .

Healthy Eating!

There are picnic tables in some of the beach parks so bring your own lunch and enjoy some healthy favorites!.

Any Top Tips?

Public restroom facilities with outdoor rinse-off showers are available north and south of the Santa Monica Pier. Restroom facilities are open to the public every day from 5am to dusk..

Doing our bit

There is a lifeguard along the beach so you know they are always looking out for you! .

Need a little extra help?

Several wooden pathways leading from the parking lots to the sand are available on both the north and south sides of the Pier. These pathways provide beach access to individuals with disabilities..

More information

Don't forget to cover up in the sun! .

What people are saying?

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    I got married here. It was the most wonderful day of my life. Most beautiful sunsets.

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    You don't need to be a sand wizard to maximize the benefits of this beautiful beach. Volleyball, surfing, kite flying, sand sculpting…you name it, humanity is here enjoying life to its fullest. Lifeguards stationed strategically looking out for ocean goers. Welcome to paradise.

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    Hire some bikes while you are here. You'll get some great exercise and see much more of this amazing beach. We spent over 30 minutes cycling before turning back for our return route. The cycle paths make it easy and there are several bars you can stop off along the way if you need a pit stop for refreshments.
    I'd also recommend sticking around to watch the sun set over the pacific ocean - the view is spectacular.

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    Santa Monica Beach is my home beach. I love the view of the Santa Monica Mountains, the sunsets, the sand under my feet, and everything else about it. (Disclaimer; this is not an endorsement of any medical procedure or treatment.) I had some swelling in my feet, but when I walk on the North Sands (north of the pier) inside thirty minutes every ounce of swelling went away.

    Southern California has very nice beaches but this one is my favorite one. It is so calm and peaceful and to be quite honest with you I don't want to go anywhere else. It is...Read More

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    A beautiful, big beach, mostly clean and with all the necessary amenities. In the summer, people hawk beach umbrellas and slices of fruit.

    The vast stretch of sand makes every journey inland feel almost like a struggle across the Sahara, but it's an excellent spot for beach volleyball or if you fancy doing some sand running.

    Watch out for the waves, which aren't big enough for surfing, but strong enough to potentially cause wardrobe malfunctions.

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by Erica Baker

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Santa Monica Beach is my home beach. I love the view of the Santa Monica Mountains, the sunsets, the sand under my feet, and everything else about it. (Disclaimer; this is not an endorsement of any medical procedure or treatment.) I had some swelling in my feet, but when I walk on the North Sands (north of the pier) inside thirty minutes every ounce of swelling went away.

Southern California has very nice beaches but this one is my favorite one. It is so calm and peaceful and to be quite honest with you I don't want to go anywhere else. It is close to the pier, shopping, and dining, and yes it is close to a nice little amusement park as well.

I love feeling her sands, and smelling the fresh salt air, so sweet and serine.

The Weather

Saturday

Conditions: Mostly Cloudy
Temp: 62° F / 17° C
Humidity: 89 %
Wind: SSE - 5 MPH

Sunday

Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Temp: 65° F / 18° C
Humidity: 85 %
Wind: S - 6 MPH

Monday

Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Temp: 62° F / 17° C
Humidity: 89 %
Wind: S - 6 MPH

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