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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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Los Angeles, CA 90013
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Couldn't go to LA without visiting Santa Monica Bay. Visited as part of LA tour and could have spent a lot more time than we did.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Andy P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are in Southern California then come by the Santa Monica Bay area. Lots of fun things to do, see and eat. Lots of fun attractions, many many people from many parts of the world and of course, you are at the beach.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Family friendly and beautiful ocean location. Always fun with food and entertainment. It is a wonderful way to relax and enjoy the day

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank laura s
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beach Is stunning, but so are the people! Music, dancers, artists, bikers, muscle builders. It was a fantastic stroll, so much to see and experience, fantastic pier. Have to come back with the rest of the family.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank samizuqu
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Santa Monica Pier is a must see. Rides and attractions aplenty. So many interesting characters and street performers. Lots of yummy, fresh and varied food.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Tourist780515
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The beach and pier are wonderful, and watching the winter sun set over the Pacific was a great experience. A part of LA not to be missed.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Norah C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You can walk along the park-like street or down on the water. It is always crowded, even in the rain, but up on the walkway is a great place to watch the sunset.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JJK456
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A bit disappointing the carnival wasn’t opened. Check before you go there for carnival opening times.Only souvenirs on the boardwalk. A few place to buy food. You can hire a bike and ride along the promenade.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Lipptylou
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This area is a favorite for our family and our first stop to bring our out-of-town guests. Beautiful ocean views, great bicycle riding,fun shopping, walking distance to 3rd Street Promenade, amusement rides, and an incredible variety of terrific restaurants! Dorothy, Newbury Park

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank dorothy f
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Made a trip to Santa Monica Shopping Centre to park our car. Walked around and had late lunch. Walked to the Pier at Santa Monica Beach. It was very cloudy and we decided to wait till Sunset. Entertained with music and a very pleasant view....More

Date of experience: January 2019
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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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January 29, 2019|
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Response from m4slcsam | Reviewed this property |
Santa Monica Pier was free. We parked on the main shopping complex which was great and strolled over after.
July 31, 2018|
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Response from JJK456 | Reviewed this property |
Los Angeles has a lot of light pollution. There is a great observatory at Griffith Park, you should check out what they are doing when you are there. There will also be good star viewing if you go north up the coast to... More
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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. Be sure...More