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Santa Monica Beach

Ocean Ave at Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-394-3264
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Ranked #4 of 45 attractions in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Beaches, State Parks
Activities: People-watching
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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Atlanta, Georgia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Cold cold cold water in July. It is quite a hike for limited mobility from the street to the water in shifting sand. The street is a high party zone for heavy drinkers, so overnight with small children may be a challenge.

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Tucson
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5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Easily accessible with short term parking, clean and not crowded. Bike and running path . Great to go alone or with the family

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Ive always wanted to go to the SM beach and pier! It didnt disappoint. From the carnival type atmosphere to the people watching, it was a great time.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Santa Monica beach was so much nicer than I expected. Gorgeous sand with room for everyone... And amazing gentle surf that proved great fun for the whole family. Commercial .... But when you're at the edge of the sea you don't really affected by the busy commercial activities around.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Love Santa Monica Area but for it to be a Sunday it was crowded. Parking for the beach was over packed but overall love the beach. There other beaches in Cali if you want more alone time with your other half. This beach is not as crowded as a Venice Beach just throwing that out there.

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Frankfurt, Germany
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

What can I say, this beach has it all. White sand, blue sky, an even bluer sea and all the restaurants around you you could ever need. A lot of homeless people wander around but this just adds to the character of the place. Loved it.

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

This was a really nice beach, pretty clean too considering the amount of people on it. We rented bikes and biked the path to Venice Beach and back.

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Ellesmere Port, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

lovely sand plenty to see on the approach like all the keep fit folk 'people watching some real characters,views down to venice great.We were there holiday weekend couldnt get a good spot near the sea without sharing towels with strangers morning best time for beach before the rush

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Highland Park, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Very public and felt dirty. Packed. Lots of vendors. I did LOVE the bird man. Great people watching but from afar.

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Denver, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Nice clean beach with great sand and the surf was amazing. Got some good sun and loved the people watching. Once the moon rose the surf intensified and we had to back up a bit. Great time.

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