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Santa Monica Beach

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Ocean Ave at Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
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This popular beach is a favorite among television and movie producers.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good35%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“great beach” (207 reviews)
“clean beach” (95 reviews)
“people watching” (123 reviews)
Ocean Ave at Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The beach was horrible it was absolutely a mess. There was trash everywhere you couldn't avoid it. You would think that sense it is such a big tourist attraction people would actually want to take care of the beach but they don't. If you think...More

Thank phosford10
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I found if you pass Santa Monica pier towards Malibu the beach becomes quieter & a lot more pleasant. South of that that to many homeless, the smell of cannabis & undesirables.

Thank ashbobs1211
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The water was quite dirty to swim in on an overcast day. We got some lunch from the food trucks and had lunch on the sand. It's a far walk from the sand to the beach. Heaps of homeless people around

Thank travelchick119
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I loved that you could walk, cycle, skate or whatever on this massive stretch of beach, there where lots of area for keep fit and great for families however, as you approached Venus beach I personally found it quite tacky and was surprised how many...More

Thank Mistymoo14
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went there to take the photo for the Route 66 end of trail sign. It appeared that there is a concert and full of people. The Santa Monica wifi is very bad and traffic is bad

Thank Jeffrey_Teh_2000
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The water's cold and filled with debris. The beach is dirty and filled with homeless people. Highly overrated beach.

Thank anagorski
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Santa Monica Beach is iconic so if you're in LA, it's definitely worth a visit. You can rent a bike and go riding on the bike paths here, it's also pedestrian friendly and of course there's the pier. It's also where Route 66 meets the...More

2  Thank Slim5144
Reviewed 2 days ago

We took the walk along the front from Venice Beach to Santa Monica and the beach all along the way was beautiful. My choice for a stay on the beach would be Santa Monica as it has such a nice area around it - Venice...More

Thank newspapertaxi
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is our 3rd trip to LA in the last 10 years and we always go to Santa Monica Beach. It is clean, huge, and easily accessible. The best beach in LA, in my opinion.

Thank guppie9
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A sunscreen is a must! The beach seems to be cleaned up daily. Tons of sand, the beach is so vast, loved it. Lots of people, but you can surely find a spot where no one will bother you. Really pleasant, not too loud. There...More

Thank Justyna P
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
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Dale M
Will be staying in Santa Monica for 4 days. , not much time, hollywood one day and would like to drive the coast another but not be on the car all day. What would be a good destination to enjoy the PCH views with breakfast of the ocean, and end up on a beach.
8 June 2017|
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Response from ToniS1975 | Reviewed this property |
You can stay in Santa Monica at the Channel Road Inn which is a 40 minute walk in to the centre, but is a 5 minute walk to the beach. It also offers free parking. You can drive to Malibu from there, where there's a great... More
Robert M
Where is the best place to park when going to the beach ?
20 February 2017|
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Response from Grace H | Reviewed this property |
I didn't see any free parking, but I didn't think it was bad to pay $5-$10 to park in a parking lot that's right on the beach. I saw at least 4 along the strip of water between the Venice Beach pier and the Santa Monica pier.
Apart from the beach itself, what is there to do activity wise? its our first time to the states and we have a car rental and would love to spend the day at santa monica but we are control freaks and want to have a firm idea of what things rhere are to do /see for the day - any suggestions on what we must see/do or eat? thanks :)
5 September 2016|
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Response from Duygu I | Reviewed this property |
Santa Monica beach is very large and beautiful seaside in California, so if you would like to sea sport, there is the iOS opportunity for you, or not it does not matter there is still best vacation to spend time. Downtown in... More