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Santa Monica Beach

Ocean Ave at Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-394-3264
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Ranked #5 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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Pickerington, Ohio
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74 reviews 74 reviews
15 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

You won't want to miss a visit to Santa Monica Beach. It will give you a flavor of the California Coastal happenings. There are nice areas to sit and enjoy the views without actually going down on the beach. The pier traffic was almost insurmountable on the Saturday we were there. There are loads of restaurants in the area to... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We arrived in Santa Monica on Labor Day (Monday). We decided to have a walk along Santa Monica beach and along the Pier. There is so much to see and do, and a great place to just sit and people watch. There are pathways for cyclists to use and ample space on the beach to find your own spot. Muscle... More

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We had a great time at Santa Monica Beach. It's a huge beach, full of beautiful people. A wonderful place to people watch.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We didn't spend a lot of time on the beach, but it sure was beautiful and clean. The pier was also great. We ate at Blue Plate Taco up on Ocean looking over the beach and had a great experience. Beware though, the beach is really long/wide and the sand is scalding hot!! My mom's feet have blisters.

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Edmonton, Canada
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97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This was one of the widest and cleanest beaches I've seen in Cali. Lots and lots of people and the beach didnt even take a dent. you need to walk quite a bit before you hit the water. we wanted to do manhattan beach so decided to just walk this one. as usual lots of beautiful people and many food... More

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Caledonia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Lets get straight to the point if your looking for a fun time santa monica beach is the way to go!! I only have 2 things to say and one is i don't know if its Just me but i have been to this beach 4 times and i have encountered nothing but friendly people and 2 the view is... More

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

SO beautiful for the health conscious or the carnival crazed. If you stay at the Loew's you walk right out your door to a shoreside heaven!

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The beach is nothing out of the ordinary - full on weekends. We thought the pier was fun and had a few good treats but it's not like the one you find in Galveston for instance. It's small(er) but free, I'll give it that. We did find the area AWESOME for renting a bike and just cruise along the "freeway"... More

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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204 reviews 204 reviews
46 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

We stayed at Santa Monica for 4 days and walked/cycled every day, you will thoroughly enjoy the whole experience. The beach runs for about 5 miles, walking is safe and fun. You can hire bikes for $8 an hour, bring a driving licence or photo ID and pay when you return the bikes. The rides are on cycle pathways and... More

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Leatherhead, Surrey
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Amazing beach, so big and beautiful. Sand cleaned and combed by tractor each morning. Life guides patrol. Avoid venice beach-full of down and outs, people trying to sell you tat or drugs. Yuck

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