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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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Great Beach

Wow I have never seen a beach like it, it is so deep from the road to the surf, and so clean, We were really impressed. Great to stroll down from Santa Monica to Venice Beach.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Wow I have never seen a beach like it, it is so deep from the road to the surf, and so clean, We were really impressed. Great to stroll down from Santa Monica to Venice Beach.

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Mahwah, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

We visited the beach after going to the Santa Monica Pier. It was full of people playing on the sand and surfing on the waves. A fun place to people watch

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Naantali, Finland
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66 reviews 66 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

This is a nice beach. It is very easy to get there. If you go by your own car, it is lot of parking halls few blocks before the beach. It is not very expensive to leave your car there. If you go by bus, the bus is going via Santa Monica Blvd and you can hop off the bus... More 

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Leicester
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193 reviews 193 reviews
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102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

The beach is awesome! Very big, not crowded when we were there although, to be honest, there would need to be some sort of invasion for it to feel crowded. It is VERY BIG! Cleaned each morning and people by and large respect the Beach Rules set out on posters. We didn't go in the sea so can't comment on... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

You kinda can go wrong with Santa Monica beach. Its where Los Angeles meets the ocean. The pier is always fun, there is an arcade with skee ball, air hockey and video games. The pier also has a ferris wheel and other rides. In the summer months the beach around the pier gets really crowded. Do yourself a favor and... More 

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Chandler, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 via mobile

Ive never been to the beach in my life... Until now and Santa Monica beach is beautiful!!!!!! Would love to come here anytime! 🌊🌊

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Atlanta, Georgia
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110 reviews 110 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Santa Monica beach holds many memories for me as my wife and I spent many hours there when our kids were young and we lived in the Los Angeles area for 3 years. I recently went back to Santa Monica and did not want to miss the opportunity to take a power walk along the strand. Bikers, walkers, talkers and... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Loved it and the Pier! Very relaxing even in January! Too cold to swim IMO but some were paddling and surfing a little. Just great to walk around on a sunny day! Lots of restaurants nearby, too!

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Fallon, NV
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

My brother tried to warn us but we still decided to go. Our exchange students wanted to go see the famous pier. After leaving Hollywood and taking an hour to drive 14 miles it took us another half hour trying to find a place to park. We ended up finally finding a place in two hour parking but we were... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 via mobile

We thought this was a beautiful beach with gorgeous sand, paddling along the water's edge between Montana and the pier. That is, until we realised our feet were literally caked in tar. This explains the birds unable to fly and the assortment of dead bird carcasses close to the water's edge. Absolutely disgraceful. What a waste of such phenomenal natural... 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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