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Santa Monica Beach

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Address: Ocean Ave at Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone Number: 310-394-3264
Activities: People-watching
Description: This popular beach is a favorite among television and movie producers.
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Santa Monica and Venice beaches are amazing, idyllic locations. They are clean, safe, well maintained and popular without feeling oppressively crowded.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Santa Monica and Venice beaches are amazing, idyllic locations. They are clean, safe, well maintained and popular without feeling oppressively crowded.

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Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

A gorgeous beach with a mountainous backdrop on one side and the pier on the other! There seems be a decent amount of parking available, compared to other beaches, and plenty of space in the sand.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Wide clean beaches, easy parking and excellent playgrounds for the litttle ones... just a fun time always with the grandkids, who lovegoing there.

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Whenever we are in Los Angeles, we always make certain that we walk and/or swim at Santa Monica Beach. It's long, clean, not too crowded, and has parking nearby. It is both family friendly and hip at the same time. During the heavy use times, there are life guards.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

went to santa monica pier later in the day but it was so crowded we couldn't get near it, so we went to the santa monica beach to watch the sunset. nice beach, fair amount of walking from parking lot to water but water was rough - they had a no swimming warning due to rip tides. couldn't find any... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

I would go as far as to say Santa Monica beach was the best beach I ever seen, maybe I was caught up in the CA magic but WOW. So clean and beautiful. Family friendly, did not feel crowded, I had a relaxing walk, walked for a long time without a care in the world. Take me back

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

loved the pier and the shops/amusements. Area was easy to find and park the hire car. Toilets available nr the aquarium and on the pier. There's a kids play area and a lovely large sandy beach. Lots of places to eat and drink.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Santa Monica Beach western Tip was very beautiful and the ride along the beach was really exciting. We understand that it is the western tip and it is famous for the Route 68 from Chicago wherein the first person who travelled from Chicago to Santa Monica Beach is famous and one of the favourite number printed on the T shirts.

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

It is like any other beach in California .. more on the lively side .. Can get very crowded at times . Nice sand , clean and well maintained ... Which is to be expected with all the expensive prices around. We r a family with little boys so I think I prefer beaches like Pismo more . If u... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

This beach is so many movies, it is a landmark and a must see. The water is ocean cold and the sand is fine and clean. They have free rinse off showers at the entrance and even a wooded pathway in case you have a stroller. The bathrooms are on the pier and the pier offers food and souvenirs. At... More 

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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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