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Santa Monica Beach

Address: Ocean Ave at Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone Number: 310-394-3264
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Ranked #9 of 62 Activities in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Beaches, State Parks, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Activities: People-watching
Owner description: This popular beach is a favorite among television and movie producers.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Type: Beaches, State Parks, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Activities: People-watching
Owner description: This popular beach is a favorite among television and movie producers.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

I spent a long weekend in L.A. to visit a friend, so of course we had to make a quick touristy stop here. As far as beach standards, this one was fine, but there is no denying that the pier makes for an excellent photo opportunity.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Good waves for beginners. Even in January, we were able to do it comfortably. The instructor from the hotel (The Shore) was great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

just walking along the beach looking at the ocean or the sunset, looking at the people I just love it

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

From an Aussie's perspective, an average beach. Brown sand and loads of homeless people everywhere. Venice beach needs to be experienced though.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

We stayed at the LAX airport for a one night stopover after flying from Vancouver and before travelling at midnight to Australia. We had half a day to fill in and so we cabbed it to Santa Monica Beach from the airport Hotel to have a good walk around, some fun and good eating. The temperature was about 22 degrees... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We have been here multiple times and many of our friends do not like this beach because its often crowded and the mix of people aren't what they perfer. We all agree that the pier can be fun. But somehow we always end up back here because of the familiarity of it and also because it has ample and near... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Nice beach, I lay on it very hungover with the California sun blazing down at me. Wear something on your feet, the sand is burning hot!

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Large expanse of sand and the sunsets are divine. Lots of interesting characters to see, and it's easy to see why there are so many exercising along the paths.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The beach is very large and there is an excellent lakefront trail for bikers, runners, walkers, etc. Great time!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This has to be one of the nicest, cleanest and scenic beaches I have been to in LA. Although the water was too cold, it was still fun being on the beach.

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