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4 of 5 bubbles Review of Santa Monica Beach

Santa Monica Beach
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$125.00*
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Venice Beach Private Surf Lesson
Ranked #2 of 104 things to do in Santa Monica
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Owner description: This popular beach is a favorite among television and movie producers.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2014

The areas next to the pier (north and south within 200 yards in both directions) are a dump and way over-packed. The tourists and people coming from the inland apparently mistake the sand for a garbage can.

As you go North of the pier, it gets quieter and cleaner (any area north of lifeguard stand 10). If you're going South, another semi-less crowded spot to go is south of the volleyball courts at Ocean Park and North of the start of the Venice Boardwalk.

If you really want to experience beautiful beaches in So Cal, go to Malibu--Point Dume is absolutely gorgeous but it gets super crowded. Best to get there by 9am and leave when the early afternoon crowd starts rolling in.

Visited April 2014
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“Sun, sand and ocean; what more could you ask for”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2014

Our visit to the Santa Monica beach was great. We were able to rent bikes and ride along the beach and get out of the saddle and spend some time in the sand. The beach was clean and easily accessible, wasn't so crowded that you couldn't have your own space and had great scenery while relaxing in the water. This is one of the better beaches I have visited in California.

Visited April 2014
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“Darth Vader on the Beach!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2014

The beach is great. Get there early and stake your claim at water's edge. Most folks are pretty friendly out on the sand. The parking lot and washrooms are another matter entirely. All in all the biggest jerks you will meet will be on ATV vehicles and they will be dressed in black with a riot helmet on with a mirrored visor. It is hard to put a positive spin on these goons for your kids. They ride their little bikes all around in the crowds and try and look in your beach bags and stuff. Really annoying. Bring binoculars and train them on the buoy past the end of the pier and watch the sea lions going nuts out there. Attention soccer moms..............please stop letting your kids run through the sleeping gulls and pelicans.

Visited April 2014
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Santa Monica, California
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“Near the Santa Monica Pier Sucks”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014

Do not swim near the Pier . . go to Malibu or Zuma Beach

Or go to Hollywood

Failing that head to Las Vegas.

Visited September 2013
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“Eh...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

Not super impressed. But the pacific never really does. A little dirty for my liking but Fun for kids though. Worth checking out the pier if in the area.

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