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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
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This popular beach is a favorite among television and movie producers.

This popular beach is a favorite among television and movie producers.

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$75*
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All-Inclusive Santa Monica Bike Tour and Beach Rental
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$125*
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Venice Beach Private Surf Lesson
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$59*
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Los Angeles Night Tour

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Beautiful beach, live atmosphere!

One of my favorites!! Gorgeous beach and an awesome diverse atmosphere!! Nothing but love and good vibes all around! Can't wait to return!!

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Chico, California
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9 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Decided to visit Santa Monica Beach during our visit to the LA area. It was exactly what I had read. Typical crowds on pier and beach. Beach was extra crowded on the day of our visit. Trash everywhere except in the big trash bins that were on the beach next to the beach goers. That was not appealing to say... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

One of my favorites!! Gorgeous beach and an awesome diverse atmosphere!! Nothing but love and good vibes all around! Can't wait to return!!

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Omaha, NE
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We've been to the Santa Monica beach before, and it's always a busy beach, but this time was more crowded (which is fine) but the trash was terrible! We found a spot to sit and every 5 minutes someone came over to us trying to sell us something. It was hard to relax and enjoy the beach. If you're on... More 

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Thank KMoran114
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This beach is so relaxing. The scenery is just beautiful with the ocean and the mountains. Great place for photos and hanging out

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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I've been to better, less crowded beaches. Too many people and too much trash. It is a nice place to see the sunset because no mountains block you.

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Interlachen, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

By the time we brought the kites down, there were six kites flying at one time. Wind was perfect.Boogie boarding was okay and practicing kick ball was fun too.

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Thank Susanne P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The fancier side of the beach, more corporate side vs Venice beach. Bikers dream, sands are white and hot and go on for miles. Many vendors and nick nac shops. Great place to get souvenirs. I didn't swim but I didn't miss the water because there is so much to see and do

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St Austell, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Superb sandy beach with facilities, great restaurants on Pier. Easy walk to Downtown Santa Monica or even beautiful walk along beach path to Venice Beach.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have visited Santa Monica beach for roughly 50 years but my partner had not, so as we were visiting Los Angeles we went to the end of I-10 and followed the signs to Beach Parking ($10 for 2 hours). The sand is light but not white and I thought it was clean considering the number of people visiting. We... More 

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Potomac, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very large white sand beach. Very crowded on a weekend in August, but still beautiful and fun. You have to go down quite a few steps from street level to reach it,

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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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