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Ocean Ave at Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Best time of the year to visit. Significantly less tourists than summertime and you can actually walk to the beach without a crowd. We had a great time this visit!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank luv2travel22018
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Fantastic huge beach on the Pacific Ocean with the famous Santa Monica Pier, endless volleyball nets, bike path, Muscle Beach, eateries, sunshine with epic sunsets. Maintained daily by large tractor which sifts white sandy beach.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank morrisjkm
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was a mixed bag. Has the potential to be a great place in the summer but it was pretty dirty, the pier was popular but lots of beggars and homeless walking around does put people off. Has all the hallmarks of a beach/pier town...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 2014msr
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So much to do...walking, biking, scooting, basking in the sun. I did not take part but my daughter loved the rings, ropes and fun activities. Each time me go we find something new.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank emilylV7815NH
Reviewed 1 week ago

Being on the beach is an existential experience. It was great having sand on the feet in December especially coming from the East coast. Enjoyed hearing the waves come to shore and watcing the surfers in the water challenge the waves.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Bob C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Love to visit this beach when we come to the pier! Great place to sit and watch the waves and put your feet in the water! Great sunsets too!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Traycie B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A nice respite from the noise and crowds on Santa Monica pier/3rd Street Promenade. Walked one way down on the beach and came back using the walkways. Wheeled transportation is separated by another walkway for walkers.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spend some time here and just take in the lovely view of the ocean and hills. A must do when in Santa Monica.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Rose21
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely beach. Very different to Venice beach. Very cosmopolitan feeling to this area. Would benefit from having some sun loungers on the beach for hire and some bars and restaurants closer to the beach

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 865kathrynt
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a very great beach. Actually, this beach needs to be considered as "public space" and "common space". there is something almost for everyone. love it.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Bilge S
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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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August 26, 2018|
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Response from Alexandre K | Reviewed this property |
People tend to come with their own stuff; didn’t notice any chair rentals on either Venice or Santa Monica long stretch of beaches
August 12, 2018|
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Response from 396shellyc | Reviewed this property |
I think so, we were there until around 8pm and didn’t have any problems!
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May 22, 2018|
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Response from ALSS-OZ | Reviewed this property |
Santa Monica beach is kid friendly - heaps of eating options, can’t recall kayaks for rent. Close to shops also.