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“Crowded but Interesting”

Santa Monica State Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We are from the South (Gulf Beaches) and it is quite different in California. The ocean is beautiful, the sand is tan, deep, and the walk from parking to the water is quite long (esp if you are carrying lots of things). There were A LOT of people on the beach, more than we expected. It was not a wild crowd, but it's not a quiet, relaxing day at the beach either. There weren't too many people in the water and the lifeguards are very involved in what's going on.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

A quintessential Southern California beach with many options to explore. We had dinner at Boa's and then rode bikes to Venice Beach along the board. So much fun watching the street entertainers. Then we rode back and watched Cirque du Soleil OVO (Bugs) that evening under a huge inflatable tent right next to the Santa Monica Pier. So much fun!

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

The entrertainment was great so much going on. Always something different wo watch. Nice long walk into Venice beach where the entertainment gets even more interesting! lots of side shows, stalls and bars.

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Reviewed July 21, 2013

Maybe we didn't visit at the best time, as the weather was cloudy and cool. Also, there were JCB's moving sand around on the beach which didn't add much to the ambience

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Reviewed July 20, 2013

The Santa Monica Beach is very, very wide with lots of room. Unlike East Coast beaches, the Santa Monica beach is about a quarter mile of wide, flat sand, leading up to the shoreline. Plenty of room for everyone. Vendors sell papaya and pineapple slices, water and soda and umbrellas and cheap boogie boards. It can be very foggy in the morning but sun usually appears by 1 or 2 pm. When I visited, it was never actually hot... sunny and bright but with a very cool ocean breeze. Beach near Casa del Mar is nice but parking can be difficult everywhere in Santa Monica.

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