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Ocean Avenue

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Address: Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone Number: 310-393-6149
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Watching sunrise/sunset

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Main "Beach Drag" of Santa Monica

You can't (well, at least you shouldn't) visit Santa Monica without cruising Ocean Avenue. Fancy hotels and restaurants abound. On the beach-side of the Avenue is a wide sidewalk... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Bethesda, Maryland
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Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

You can't (well, at least you shouldn't) visit Santa Monica without cruising Ocean Avenue. Fancy hotels and restaurants abound. On the beach-side of the Avenue is a wide sidewalk perched atop the cliff overlooking the wide Santa Monica beach. Every 2 blocks or so, there's a stairway down - not for the weak because walking back up is about 200... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Lots of hotels and restaurants. And the office building that houses my son's office! Great places to stay and eat. Just 2 blocks from Third Street and one from the beach.

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Chestertown, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

I enjoyed strolling along Ocean Ave taking pictures of the tropical looking trees and grasses as well as the view of the beach below. I didn't see many homeless people, as others mention in these reviews, so I might recommend staying between the promenade and Santa Monica Blvd if you want to avoid that.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We had no idea the amount of homeless/mentally ill people in this area surrounding the pier. Just a simple walk down Ocean to get to the Third Street Promenade resulted in being pan handled and feeling uncomfortable.

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Rancho Mirage, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

For decades rich meets homeless in Santa Monica. Beautiful runners and fancy dogs mix with tourists, homeless and urine soaked stairs to the beach. Does not make any sense.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

A lovely walk or cycle ride along the tree lined sidewalk with great views of the ocean and beaches. Unfortunately a popular hangout for the homeless.

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

I spent a few hours just walking up and down Ocean Avenue. The path is very clean and very picturesque. There's so much going on all around you from street performers, to random characters just wondering the street. The palm trees and the ocean background are also very scenic. Great way to spend an afternoon!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We parked our car and took a stroll along Ocean Avenue admiring the Santa Monica coastline. The area does have its share of vagrants and on the other side you get to see some nice art deco buildings, apartments and hotels.

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phoenix, Arizona, USA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Took a walk along Ocean Ave, heading north from the Pier. Not doubt the ocean side of the path is beautiful, but the other side of the path is strewn with homeless people. Seemed every 50 feet there was someone sprawled out on the lawn. The same was true for the bike path, at beach level. We walked from Santa... More 

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Seattle
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

There are some really nice apartments along here. It is a seriously good looking place. The south end gets pretty busy though, and the traffic can be a real drag at busy times. I could definitely live here if Bill Gates decided to leave it all to me. No problemo.

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Address: Address: Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone Number: 310-393-6149
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica

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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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