Santa Monica State Beach

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Santa Monica's Best Attractions: Santa Monica State Beach looks like the opening credits for the 90's television show, Baywatch, as it has a large expanse of golden sand, blue lifeguard towers and wave after wave of salty seawater gently crashing to shore. Santa Monica State Beach is three miles long and has an enviable location on the Santa Monica Bay. Views of the Santa Monica Pier and the nearby Santa Monica Mountains can be seen from your spot on the sand and the Santa Monica Ocean Front Walk is a stone's throw away. If you choose not to blissfully lie on the beach all day, you can go boogie boarding or surfing in the water, or try stand up paddle boarding beyond where the waves break.

Beaches: Santa Monica State Beach is the perfect oceanfront playground for fun-loving families. The expansive, two-mile stretch of sand has plenty of space to sunbathe, go for a walk, or set up a game of volleyball. The paved path along the beach is great for running and biking. Beachgoers can also take a break from the ocean and enjoy the Santa Monica Pier, which features delightful shops, scrumptious restaurants, an amusement park and aquarium. For the quintessential California beach experience, stay at popular luxury hotel Shutters on the Beach and enjoy the beautiful sunsets from the privacy of your own hotel room.


380 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401

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Expert Tips by Gina Douglas Tarnacki

Travel Expert

Santa Monica's Best Attractions: "Santa Monica State Beach is located right by the Santa Monica Pier – go on some rides and then lay on the beach to soak up some sun."

Best for Santa Monica's Best Attractions Because: Santa Monica State Beach is a fun, sandy piece of coastline that is right next to some of Santa Monica's top sites.

Expert Tips by Sujata Day

Los Angeles Local Expert

Beaches: "Ride the ferris wheel at the Pier for great views!"

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