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Santa Monica Bay consists of 50 miles of scenic coastline with 22 separate public beaches, providing recreational opportunities to visitors year round.
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Booked the hop on hop off tour bus and one of the routes took us to Santa Monica and the beach. Pacific Park is a good place for families with kids, the ferris wheel, roller coaster, restaurants and cafes with street entertainers on the pier.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Homejames63
Reviewed 3 days ago

I cannot say one thing negative about this area. I started by taking the Red/purple line from Union Station and transfer to the Expo Line which has the last stop in Santa Monica. From that point on do what you like Shop, take a Walk...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank cbq12018
Reviewed 5 days ago

Santa Monica Bay is fabulous.. there is something for everyone.. a visit to the pier either Santa Monica or Venice Pier, although there is more to do on Santa Monica pier.. you can eat, fish, watch the surfers or walk along the beach or walkway...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Caroline G
Reviewed 6 days ago

Went to the beach at night and ate at a seafood restaurant there. Food was great and the view was just beautiful and peaceful.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 235mango
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited this iconic area on a breezy Sunday. Pier was throbbing with visors and artists performing. Walking along the beach path passed the beachfront holiday homes for several kms was interesting and then up onto the promenade to the shopping precinct again with various artists...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MargoT460
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Santa Monica beach is one of the coldest and dirtiest beaches in LA County, there are to many homeless and gang related people around you won’t feel safe or enjoy your trip there, the boardwalk it’s crowded and again not very exciting.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank MarkE0668
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Santa Monica Bay and the beaches there are easily accessible. There is so much to see and do. Not the cleanest water to swim in but it's come along ways. You can enjoy the beach, walk or bike the bike path, get a snack or...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank OakSpringFarm
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

hey this is the end of Route 66, where Forrest Gump walked to the end of the Pier and turned around and where some of Baywatch was filmed. It is gimmicky but you need to see it and it is a pretty area.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went there for the !st time, spent the afternoon on the beach and cycling the pathways. Enjoyed the day very much.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 534andyd
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was just nice to stroll along the soft whitish sand after walking along the roads and sidewalks . The sand being so soft and clean , the family kept their eyes on me , as I would have walked for miles .Brilliant well cared...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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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
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Adelaide, Australia
My 1 day itinerary, please advise (7 Replies)
Hi I have 1 full day in LA and looking to do the Warner Bros tour, Hollywood walk of fame, Hollywood museum, Madame Tussaud, Chinese Theatre in the morning until around 2-3pm. Then thinking of catching public bus to Santa Monica bay for the Pacific Park. However the bus takes just over 1 hour to get there and longer to get back. Is it worth going to the Santa Monica just for the Pacific Park at that time of the day? Or should I just stick to Hollywood area as I am sure there will be other...More
July 10, 2014|
Response fromPlumeria D|
Welcome to the forum. I don't think it would be worth it for your very short stay. Stick to the Hollywood area. At night, you might enjoy the views from Griffith Park. You can also reach The Original Farmers Market/Grove via bus if you run out of things to do, or during the evening.
Trip to LA + Anaheim w young kids. Is my itinerary ok? (21 Replies)
Hi all, will be travelling to LA + Anaheim in mid-June for a week with a travelling party of 3 adults, a 4yo and a 11mth. We will be hiring a car for convenience. Have identified a few places to visit and some questions to help with the planning. Appreciate any advice please. I am trying to keep the programme loose, with no more than 2 areas each day, to keep the babes going. Day ONE (14 June Sat): Touch down 10.10am. Drive to Buena Park, spending the day at Knott's Berry Farm. Return to...More
March 13, 2014|
Response fromaussiesharon12|
I wouldn't do Knotts on the first day. It's a long flight and the kids will be really tired. Maybe a beach, as happytotrip said. Or even do the afternoon/evening at Disneyland after you've settled into your hotel and had some lunch.
Memphis, Tennessee
Best route to cover 3 big cities in CA (13 Replies)
Hi, We are travelling with two kids (7 years and 5 years) to California for summer vacation. We will be landing in Las Angeles on July 2nd and will be returning from LA again on 12th July, So, for 10 days, we are planning to cover LA, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Yosemite park. These are the things that we have in mind to cover. This list is not final and can be changed based on your suggestions Yosemite park, Las Angeles, CA Universal studios, Hollywood Santa Monica bay Las Vegas ...More
April 18, 2016|
Response fromPacificNWFamily|
I think this is WAY too much for ten days with kids. Which of the many places are most important to you? And remember that you need to plan for travel time to each destination as well. If this were my trip, I'd "save" Las Vegas NV and Grand Canyon AZ for a future trip (and then I'd add some additional natural beauty like Bryce Canyon & Zion.) Another thing to consider ... Universal Studios isn't as appealing to young kids as some of the other theme parks & attractions like that....More