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Santa Monica Bay

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Address: 322 Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Phone Number: 213-576-6615
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Santa Monica Bay consists of 50 miles of scenic coastline with 22 separate...

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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this bay is very beautiful, if you decide to walk to venice beach make sure you have on plenty sun screen and good walking shoes, its about 3 mile walk to and 3 mile from, lololol

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Chicago, Illinois
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34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

this bay is very beautiful, if you decide to walk to venice beach make sure you have on plenty sun screen and good walking shoes, its about 3 mile walk to and 3 mile from, lololol

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La Mesq, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful view from the pier, nice place to spend a day on the beach or walking around. Santa Monica has great places to eat. Joe's pizza is the best, just like New Jersey.

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North Hollywood, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Me and friends and the kids came here recently. We sat on the beach for a few hours. This is right in the middle of everything. All the hotels and yummy restaurants are close by. Lots of family activities. Bike riding and the pier was fun! We got unlimited wristbands and rode the rides on the pier. Wonderful Day!

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Really enjoyed our trip to Santa Monica on the hop on hop off bus, through Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Amazing beach and lovely old pier with gorgeous old roundabout! Beautiful beach.

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Senago, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you need to relax a little bit from the stress of LA, this is the right place. This is so huge, large, wide that even in a crowded day you won't have many people lying down close to you.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great place to visit loved it, crowded beach but thats expected, typical tourist place, reminds me of when i was a kid and enjoyed the Jersey boardwalk and nice beach. Just to bad the rude inconsiderate people dont pick up their trash.

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Manalapan, NJ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It was very crowded and hard to find parking. Beach was a bit dirty. It's good for younger population and families with teens. It is not a luxury place and it's noisy.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Really enjoyed the shops and relaxed at,osphere on the pedestrian zone, the pier and beach were great too

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Santa Monica Bay, and the pier and it's surrounding areas are not only must-do places to go, but are the perfect examples of Southern California. There is ALWAYS something to do there, and the people are absolutely amazing. Santa Monica is honestly one of the friendliest places in California.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I loved walking and taking pictures on the Santa Monica Pier. I went their last year and the year before that. I love walking and seeing all of the families having a great time on the beach. I shopped at the stores and loved the breath taking view of the ocean.

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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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