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Santa Monica Bay

Address: 322 Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (Central L.A)
Phone Number: 213-576-6615
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Ranked #51 of 397 Activities in Los Angeles
Type: Beaches, Bodies of Water, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Santa Monica Bay consists of 50 miles of scenic coastline with 22 separate public beaches...
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Type: Beaches, Bodies of Water, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Santa Monica Bay consists of 50 miles of scenic coastline with 22 separate public beaches, providing recreational opportunities to visitors year round.

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Melbourne, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

easy to get to from Hollywood, we took the hop on hop off bus tour. Really enjoyed the views and atmosphere, also the area was kept quite clean too. The only thing I didn't like was how crowded the pier was. We went around lunch time though so maybe if we went first thing in the morning it may be... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Tried to visit the Observatory but couldn't park. It was our day of departure, weather had finally warmed up so we went to the beach. Wanted to go somewhere else as had been to Santa Monica Pier in 2003 but not too far from airport. Had lunch at Perrys which was OK but nothing special. Toilets on beach nowhere to... More 

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

A great beach where you can frequently see seals, pelicans and sometimes dolphins. Lots of activities including the Venice board walk, the Santa Monica Pier and the new Muscle Beach. Lots of great places to eat -- from casual to mighty fine. Mighty fine often requires a reservation. Also, there are some splendid hotels along the beach. You will pay... More 

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Delhi
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32 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

The place is very crowded and can be found dirty at some places. There are lots of eateries to choose from but nothing special is on offer. It is a decent place to visit during the evening hours to soak in the bay experience but not high on recommendation.

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Melbourne, Australia
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

It breaks my heart to see people rummaging through the bins searching for food. They don't even beg, because they care so assured of rejection. This was more so evident at Santa Monica Pier, and the poverty of the homeless is juxtaposed by the excesses of the tourist. The bag is pretty at night, the Pier lights up with neon... More 

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

The view from the beach and pier is gorgeous. But it's crowded. Definitely not something I'd want to plan a day around, because I didn't find it fun to be around that many people. But still, watching the sunset was amazing.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Lots of rides and amusement place for the kids and not so young kids. Just like a mini carnival with games and such. Can watch the water nearby along the shore. Snacks and drinks for everyone.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

the whole Santa Monica area is well worth the trip. We went there and had a look at the whole area down to Venice. It is a very pretty area and the people are pretty eye opening. The rides at the pier are good value and our kids really enjoyed them.

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Manchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Loved the beach at Santa Monica but certainly didn't see it at its' best as it rained continuously. Went to Chez Jays bar which was atmospheric and friendly and welcome shelter!

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Brisbane, Australia
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Nice beach!! Coming from Australia I didn't expect a lot but I was pleasantly surprised. Unfortunately the day I was there is was one of those rare rainy days in LA so I didn't get to enjoy it in the sunshine, but it would have been a really nice to hire a bike and ride the track down to Venice... More 

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