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Annenberg Community Beach House

415 Palisades Beach Rd, Santa Monica State Beach, Santa Monica, CA 90402-1601
+1 310-458-4904
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One of the best family-friendly beaches in Los Angeles

This beach is very well kept. Thank you Annenberg for giving the public a free, decent, clean and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Los Angeles, California
Excellent place if you go with small kids

Awesome beach in Santa Monica. Perfect parking /$3/h, $12max, and not too crowded during the week... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Los Angeles, California
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The Beach House is a unique community destination, open to all, no membership required! With spectacular views, splash pad, playground, gallery, Marion Davies Guest House, beach courts & fields, community & cultural events, seasonal pool, classes for children and adults, free wi-fi, and more, there's something for everyone to enjoy! The Beach House grounds are open daily, including the playground, splash pad, beach area, courtyard, view deck, and volleyball courts. The site upon which the Beach House now sits was originally developed during the 1920s by William Randolph Hearst for actress Marion Davies. The Davies estate, designed by architect Julia Morgan, featured a mansion of 100-plus rooms, three guest houses and an ornate marble swimming pool. Learn more about the Beach House history on a tour of the last remaining Guest House with a Santa Monica Conservancy docent. Classes for adults include yoga, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Beach Volleyball, and Synchronized Swimming. Children can to learn to swim, play beach volleyball, and beach soccer! Our historic pool is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, during the summer pool season, and requires an admission fee. Between October and May the pool is closed. We will occasionally open the pool on warm weather weekends or holidays.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good24%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 08:30 - 20:30
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
415 Palisades Beach Rd, Santa Monica State Beach, Santa Monica, CA 90402-1601
Santa Monica
+1 310-458-4904
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This beach is very well kept. Thank you Annenberg for giving the public a free, decent, clean and beautiful community beach. Excellent for kids. There is a playground, umbrellas, water splash area, overall clean beach. Enough trash cans too. Parking is also well organized. The...More

Thank Bukopop
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Awesome beach in Santa Monica. Perfect parking /$3/h, $12max, and not too crowded during the week - and BY FAR not as busy as any beach near the Santa Monica pier. Good to park, great beach access, reasonable prices for food and beverage. Very clean...More

Thank GuidoKarp
Reviewed 9 May 2017

Great public facility with pool )open Memorial Day to Labor Day, parking, and cutural events. Reserve tickets for the pool and check website for events.Take a walk on the beach or the bike path. Beautiful location on Santa Monica Beach. It's the old Marion Davies...More

Thank Travel4bourne
Reviewed 28 April 2017

I am biased. I got married here. One of the happiest days of my life. So needless to say I highly recommend it for it's romantic oceanside location. But here's what most tourists don't know. It's the former home of actress Marion Davies, mistress to...More

3  Thank Paul R
Reviewed 15 April 2017

We had our anniversary party in the modern Sand and Sea room. A lovely view of the ocean from this space. Plan to watch the setting sun. The indoor outdoor space is clean. The staff is friendly. I did not like the chairs we were...More

Thank TravelAdventurer_10
Reviewed 6 April 2017

beautiful venue which affords beachfront indoor-outdoor space. perfect place for a wedding party. cons: very poor sound system for music.

Thank leeniegeek
Reviewed 10 March 2017

All the things you can do at the Annenberg Community Beach House. Originally property owned by William Randolph Hearst for his large beach house. Now owned by the Annenberg Foundation and open to the public.

1  Thank sunstonetours
Reviewed 4 January 2017

The pool here is just terrific. The changing rooms and showers are also top notch. Clean, well maintained, safe for your kids and family and on a public beach where homelessness is a growing problem, this really is a safe haven. Make sure you check...More

Thank unprocessed_cook
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Our friends have thrown more than one party at the Annenberg Beach Club. They pre-sell the parking which is important to get if you are going. You can rent spaces for your event and it isn't expensive at all. They have a NICE pool, splash...More

Thank FlyersFanInLA
Reviewed 19 November 2016

This is a public beach house and there's no charge for use of their facilities except for the pool and parking. Each will set you back approximately $10. But otherwise there are some tables and chairs which are shaded and right side the bicycle path...More

Thank vincemc
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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William S
Hello, how much is it to do a wedding and reception there? Also seperate prices for the reception, no more than 130 guest
22 January 2017|
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Response from clearbrook6 | Reviewed this property |
Hey William! I have absolutely No Idea! I'm just a tourist. Would be a Lovely Wedding venue! Best Wishes & Congratulations ;-)
Hi, I am visiting Santa Monica for 2 months from June 22 and will be renting an apartment. Can I use the pool at the Beach House to swim lengths daily? Thank you! Sally
23 May 2015|
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Response from Robyn M | Reviewed this property |
I believe you can buy passes that are cheaper than paying the entrance on a daily basis...there are also adult/fitness swim times.....I'm assuming you're an adult:)
Charles U
How much does it cost to have beach birthday party?
27 April 2015|
Response from mailemm |
Hi Charles, There is no charge to have a party on the beach or in any of the first come, first served public areas of the Beach House, including the courtyard, sand areas, or Splash Pad. All the information is at... More