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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful beach and views. Seems like they try hard to keep the beach area clean but so many people obviously make it a challenge. Nice to walk the beach though and take in the views

Date of experience: January 2020
Thank Experience740753
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Reviewed January 6, 2020 via mobile

Santa Monica is not the beach I go to if the beach is the main thing. This is a beach I go to in combination with doing the third street promenade, or sometimes before I go to LAX. There is a paved path along the beach which is great if you want to ride a bike, skate board or roller skates, or if you just don’t want sand on your feet.
The beach is big and can host a lot more people than the surrounding parking can suffice.

Date of experience: January 2020
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Reviewed January 2, 2020

Santa Monica Beach is hands down one of our favourite places in the world. It's vibrant, full of life, colour and has some of the most beautiful, unique views you will ever come across.

Overall the beach is clean and people respect the beach rules, it has cute shops and restaurants along the beach road and is frequented by some of the coolest, quirkiest people around. Our favourite is Big Dean's which is located to the bottom of the pier (towards the right hand side if you are walking off).

Once on the pier you have various different restaurants to choose from (our favourites being Bubba Gump & Seaside on the Pier). There are also some cool street performers and the fabulous Pacific Park (theme park) to keep you entertained. You may recognise Pacific Park from various different films/TV shows as it's used quite a lot during filming for it's beautiful views at sunset).

A lot of people rent bikes out for the day and cycle from Santa Monica/Venice and vice-a-versa. It is a beautiful, scenic little bike-ride that takes around 20 mins. There are plenty of places to leave your bike at the beach (as long as you've got a suitable lock which the bike companies usually provide you with upon hire).

There are a lot of homeless people in Venice Beach (most of whom are on drugs of some kind) that pretty much set themselves up at the beach or live there permanently. They use the showers/bathrooms as if they were their own and leave them in quite a mess. Overall it's not a problem – but where possible to try avoid them if you can as (if they are on something) you could end up putting yourself in true danger.

At Santa Monica Beach however there doesn't seem to be this issue. All rest-rooms are cleaned and foot showers/showers are cleaned daily.

Overall Santa Monica Beach is beautiful. It is the perfect family day out and can also be very romantic. We are already looking forward to our next visit.

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Date of experience: January 2020
Thank journeywithuss
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Reviewed December 31, 2019 via mobile

Amazing view, the sunset is not to be missed. Great to walk around the beach on a lazy afternoon. Can fit in a day trip with Santa Monica to Venice Beach

Date of experience: January 2020
Thank Lovegoodfoodgoodwine
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Reviewed December 30, 2019 via mobile

Even though we were visiting for the holidays in December it was still a gloriously sunny day as we took a stroll along Santa Monica Beach, tried some great sea food and enjoyed watching the roller skaters and cyclists.

Date of experience: December 2019
Thank BebeDrew
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