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Santa Monica State Beach

Beach and Surf Spot
Downtown Santa Monica, Santa Monica
295 Tips and reviews
  • sunsets
  • biking
  • beach
  • people watching
  • surfing
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  • Alkhuzama
    Alkhuzama3 days ago
    One of the best beach in LA twon😍
  • Mike J.
    Mike Johnson2 weeks ago
    Gorgeous views. Nice paths for skateboarding or biking.
  • Jennifer H.
    Jennifer Haack2 weeks ago
    Love it. Rent a bike and cycle all the way to Manhattan Beach. Great day spent in LA.
  • Naz A.
    Naz AL-donAugust 15
    It's good for a run, biking, or maybe a walk..... I don't recommend it for swimming though.
  • Julio E.
    The beach was good but it was a bit dirty and with garbage on it. Other than that, the pier, fair and view was good.
  • Mohammed A.
    Peaceful and relaxing place ❤️
  • Kimberly M.
    Going for a run w/trainer before sunrise. #Blessed
  • Renato S.
    Just a must go place.
  • Bjorn A.
    It's a beautiful beach.
  • Lexi
    LexiMarch 22
    Beach, skateboarding, scooter ing, biking, sunsets
  • Turgut Can K.
    Great way to start a day, walking here ;)
  • Boldan
    BoldanFebruary 16
    Funny people, great beach!
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyJanuary 25
    Relax and take in the sites, beautiful at sunset with the waves and the lights from the pier. Grab lunch at one of the many amazing food trucks that line up here!
  • Djoni S.
    Djoni SutjiJanuary 4
    Very nice beaches and very crowded 👍🏻
  • Khalid A.
    Wonderful beach
  • Khalid A.
    Amazing beach
  • Khalid A.
    A Wonderful beach
  • Lilith M.
    Lilith MarrinerDecember 26, 2016
    It's a beautiful beach, & the boardwalk is fun. You have the promenade 3 blocks away. Theres concerts during the summer. It's all around great. Its crowded, but so what? its a beach. deal with it.
  • PureWow
    PureWowDecember 20, 2016
    Sure, it’s crowded, noisy, and that pier is a bit much for anyone who’s hit puberty. But if you discover anything more romantic than the image of its lighted Ferris wheel in the distance, let us know. Read more
  • Chuck S.
    Chuck SebestaDecember 8, 2016
    A most beautiful beach!
  • Josef S.
    Josef SzottenDecember 2, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    During tourist season it gets pretty crowded but it's still a gorgeous beach. The pier is best enjoyed from afar as part of the view. Not very nice to actually go to.
  • Yousif D.
    Yousif DNovember 8, 2016
    Nice spot for a walk or relaxing under the sun!
  • Abdullah A.
    Abdullah AlalawlaNovember 5, 2016
    Woooooow wooooow wooooow
  • Danny S.
    Danny SelvagOctober 28, 2016
    Nice beach. Has a great view of the pier at sunset.
  • المهره الصعبه ماهي لأي خيال
    Lovely beach by the pier. Good time for all 👍🏻
  • Alexandre C.
    Alexandre CurielOctober 19, 2016
    Beautiful yet very crowded
  • C B.
    C BaileyOctober 18, 2016
    A little quieter the further north you go. Rent a bike from Venice and ride up and return up there and hang.
  • Jade T.
    Jade ThomasOctober 14, 2016
    Santa Monica beach is home to me
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱October 3, 2016
    Remember to bring your own court lines for beach volleyball! Also, no parking after sunset or you'll get a ticket.
  • muharrem s.
    muharrem sahinOctober 3, 2016
    Much better than Venice beach
  • Craig T.
    Craig TheroffSeptember 22, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    I park at temescal canyon and rollar blade to the Venice pier at Washington and back everyday . Google says 7.2 miles each way but I call it an even 15 miles both ways for a job well done...
  • Steven W.
    Steven WongSeptember 22, 2016
    Love it here, we had a blast on a beauty of a day.
  • Huaisi C.
    Huaisi CenSeptember 13, 2016
    The only place you can walk in LA
  • Kelley L.
    Kelley L.September 2, 2016
    Quintessential Southern California. The bike path runs to Venice, and the scenery is beautiful. Close to shopping centers and good restaurants. Pier is very pretty at night too.
    Upvoted Aug 15
  • Jaren G.
    Jaren GAugust 28, 2016
    Relaxation ✈️🔑
  • Luis D.
    Luis DominguezAugust 22, 2016
    Very nice place for walking
  • Negar A.
    Negar AkashehAugust 21, 2016
    When I was in LA, I used to go there everyday and walking, sunset is so so so beautiful there, you will love there
  • Mshaari bin Abdulaziz
    Mshaari bin AbdulazizAugust 20, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    One of the best beaches in SoCal I love the sunset here
  • Miles N.
    Miles NgAugust 19, 2016
    Sunset watching, people watching 👍🏼
  • Paul T.
    Paul T.August 13, 2016
    An iconic landmark in SoCal. The water is clean and sand very soft. With the amusement park on the pier, it doesn't get much more picturesque.
  • Emma B.
    Emma BrookAugust 7, 2016
    fab place to visit on a hot day
  • Keith S.
    Keith SmithJuly 27, 2016
    Hot beach! (Bring your sandals) but great place to get into the water to cool down!~
  • Nikos K.
    Nikos KrodirasJuly 24, 2016
    Amazing beach. Just that!
  • Djayy J.
    Djayy JonesJuly 23, 2016
    Really cool spot to hang out at night. Bring your happy materials.
  • Yuri V.
    Yuri ValadesJuly 1, 2016
    Love this place... it´s a must... the typical place u expected to see in LA. And all the people is very easy going here
  • Cristina
    CristinaJune 29, 2016
    I loved Santa Monica. Theres a lot of space sand so the beach never looks full of poeple.
  • Fabiola H.
    Fabiola HernandezJune 11, 2016
    The lobster
  • Hyun Ku K.
    Hyun Ku KangJune 4, 2016
    It is always right to be there
  • Sam M.
    Sam MoellerMay 17, 2016
    This is so awesome beach of the world.It is so beautiful and i go to the my family and enjoy this beauty of beach.
  • Christine H.
    Christine HaApril 9, 2016
    Quintessential L.A. beach culture. People watch & feel inadequate. 🏖
  • Karla D.
    Karla DominguezMarch 21, 2016
    Everything here is amazing 😁
  • Ayman S.
    Ayman SirajMarch 13, 2016
    Get there early to find parking! Take a volleyball with you as there are many courts to play. Frisbee or football highly recommended.
  • Ahmad S.
    Ahmad SalahFebruary 28, 2016
    Riding a bicycle on the beach is the best experience ever
  • Moe S.
    Moe ShehataFebruary 28, 2016
    One of the most beautiful beaches I have ever been too. Night life there is awesome as well.
  • Forrest
    ForrestFebruary 27, 2016
    If you're just visiting for the boardwalk there is 2 hour parking available in a self pay lot close to the pier.
  • Katherine C.
    Katherine ColesFebruary 21, 2016
    Beautiful scenery and very relaxing. Easy walk to Third Street and many options for parking. Generally very clean. Toilets available at certain points.
  • Katherine C.
    Katherine ColesFebruary 21, 2016
    Beautiful scenery, generally very clean, toilets and an easy walk from parking near Third Street or off the PCH.
  • Joshua V.
    Joshua Van DykFebruary 20, 2016
    Joshua Van Dyk thinks that Santa Monica Beach is where stunning meets iconic! This is a must see if you are visiting LA.
  • Thomas F.
    Thomas FraleyFebruary 16, 2016
    Becoming worse with the smell of pot. Like Venice smell of saltwater and pot. Took my kids and was very disappointed, wanted to leave right away
  • Irwan G.
    Irwan GunantoFebruary 9, 2016
    Great getaway on a warm weather
  • Troy D.
    Troy DeversJanuary 27, 2016
    Beautiful and historic beach.
  • D. G.
    D. G.January 17, 2016
    One of my favorite beaches
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuJanuary 11, 2016
    🔥🔥🔥 near the pier, restaurants, and promenade shops. Park in the structure attached to the outdoor mall, 90 mins free.
  • Isaac V.
    Isaac V.January 9, 2016
    Pretty chill
  • Amol U.
    Amol UtrankarDecember 29, 2015
    Beautiful homes, clean beaches, great waves, and gorgeous weather (usually!)
  • Moodz
    MoodzDecember 29, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't miss the sunset !
  • Stephane L.
    Stephane LabarqueDecember 8, 2015
    I like this place
  • JP S.
    JP SeralDecember 2, 2015
    Come here for a run, stay here for the sunset.
  • Ece B.
    Ece BolatOctober 31, 2015
    Awesome beach vibe- One of my favorites in SoCal
  • JH H.
    JH H-DOctober 20, 2015
    Such a beautiful view of the ocean
  • Jay H.
    Jay HartwigOctober 20, 2015
    Not the cleanest beach ever, but it's right next to the pier and usually great weather.
  • Raneem M.
    Raneem MGOctober 19, 2015
    The beach nd santa pier ❤️
  • Gina E.
    Gina EstradaOctober 14, 2015
    This break my heart, is so dirty, the sand and the sea, but the view is awesome
  • A.N
    A.NOctober 14, 2015
    Although the parking is pricy, a lovely place to hang out
  • Dywuan B.
    Dywuan BrownOctober 13, 2015
    Amazing! You'll have the best time.
  • Waqas I.
    Waqas IqbalOctober 13, 2015
    A perfect nice clean beach.....
  • Kaitlyn G.
    Kaitlyn GaglioOctober 2, 2015
    Ferris wheel!
  • Manal A.
    Manal Al-ManieOctober 1, 2015
    I love Santa Monica beach
  • tarah k.
    tarah kuceraSeptember 26, 2015
    walk the boardwalk and see all the great things
  • Baha
    BahaSeptember 19, 2015
    Time fly in here😍😍😍
  • Vanessa C.
    Vanessa CardonaSeptember 18, 2015
    The lovley walk you have on the pier and amazing art and street performances. Pacific Park is super fun for the whole family.
  • Magic
    MagicAugust 23, 2015
    Very cold...
  • Karina O.
    Karina OlivaAugust 16, 2015
    Pretty good bringing the kids to the pier
  • Andy W.
    Andy WestAugust 15, 2015
    Great beach and many attractions for kids on the pier
  • Karlsson M.
    Karlsson MartinAugust 12, 2015
    Clean and crowded in the weekend
  • Mohammad F.
    Mohammad FetyaniAugust 11, 2015
    Santa monica is the best place to stay in LA , the beach is clean and the pier have many options to the kids to play or eat , and the views is fantastic
  • Lou O.
    Lou OrtJuly 28, 2015
    The Sunsets Are Always Awsome! The Majestic Of The Pier @ Night Is Always A Joy !
  • Sally S.
    Sally SalamaJuly 24, 2015
    Breathtaking view
  • Edzel R.
    Edzel RebamontanJuly 19, 2015
    The place where The Lost Boys filmed
  • California Girl
    California GirlJuly 14, 2015
    The vibe, the sun, the waves. Its perfect.
  • Steve B.
    Steve BurtonJune 11, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Fun fun fun. Nice beach bathrooms too.
  • aidonna25 A.
    Nice place to walk in the evening! Very romantic)😍😍😍
  • osahon frank o.
  • Bry'n W.
    Bry'n Williams Sr.May 21, 2015
    Carnival setting is perfect for the wife and kid.
  • Karsten M.
    Karsten McVayMay 12, 2015
    Beautiful, but crowded
  • Norma E.
    Norma EvansMay 11, 2015
    Review: Industrial Trends Read more
  • Matthew F.
    Matthew FoxMay 5, 2015
    Though in LA from anywhere in the wonderful sunsets here are beautiful in their own way! It is worth a ride on the Ferris wheel and roller coaster! 🇺🇸
  • Kelsie B.
    Kelsie BuckApril 30, 2015
    Issues in Road Construction Read more
  • Lina A.
    Lina A.April 26, 2015
    Beautiful place beautiful people and extensive selection of restaurants. Luv this place!
  • Nabil B.
    Nabil BazzariApril 20, 2015
    Beach not so wow...but definitely have to visit the pier and walk in Santa Monica above beach
  • Cemalettin M.
    Los Angeles veya 'West Coast' gezisinde istemenizde rotanız buraya düşecek ve ben nereye geldim diyeceksiniz. Çok uzun ve çook geniş, tertemiz, düzenli, pürüzsüz bir plajda Pasifik çok keyifli🌊👍🏽
    Upvoted Aug 8
  • Glow C.
    El muelle es muy lindo. Las fotos salen perfectas desde ahí. Tienes que llegar hasta el fin del muelle.
  • Albndri1993
    😍⛅️👍🏼Nice View
  • Wilson C.
    Praia linda!
  • Lau U.
    Lau UApril 25
    Agua fría pero agradable para pasar unas horas. Lleven sombrilla, tapete, agua, bloqueador y toallas para resistir el sol.
  • Fernando S.
    Tiene un muelle lleno de artistas callejeros de gran calidad
  • Inferno G.
    Aquí encuentras desde un souvenir, restaurantes, hasta atracciones mecánicas. No te lo puedes perder.
  • Ece👑
    Ece👑March 26
    amazing ✌💙
  • Türker S.
    Eh işte gibi
  • Grivy I.
    Grivy IndonesiaFebruary 3
    Hal yang paling ikonik di sini adalah taman bermain dan akuarium yang berpadu dengan pantai menawarkan pemandangan spektakuler dan sangat enjoyable. Read more
  • Homar J.
    Homar JackoDecember 16, 2016
    Uno de los atardeceres más impactantes
  • Bryan C.
    Bryan CamachoOctober 16, 2016
    Un lugar único, histórico y con una hermosa vista. Y el final de la Ruta 66!
  • 💕Mine Y.
    💕Mine Y. 💕September 19, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
  • 🌸Nahla🌸
    🌸Nahla🌸August 24, 2016
    شاطئ جميل .. جو عليل و تشوروز لذيذ مكان جميل جدا يستحق الزيارة من الشاطئ المول و المطاعم
  • Cemil A.
    Cemil AksoyAugust 15, 2016
    Cok buyuk plaji ve inanilmaz guclu dalgalari olan bir yer.. Dalgalara dikkat :)
  • Jordanne S.
    Jordanne ScarpatoAugust 4, 2016
    Idéal pour faire une balade ! Magnifique
  • éM Saif
    éM SaifJuly 30, 2016
    الجالية ال*****ّ* هنا تتكاثر بالإنشطار.. حبُّي لهم ♥️
  • تركي مطرب فواز
    يمكن هو أجمل شاطيء بكاليفورنيا نظيف ومرتب ، وفيه ألعاب جميلة، بس يعيبه أن المواقف بفلوس وغالية شوي . أخذت موقف جنب الشاطيء ٣ساعات بـ ١٠ دولار ، الأفضل تروح بأوبر.
  • Alena L.
    Alena LaPerlaJune 27, 2016
    Здорово, но ооочень много народа
  • Katerina M.
    Katerina MizonovaJune 6, 2016
    Мое любимое место на земле. Ничего особенного нет;) кроме огромного пляжа, океана, простора и воздуха. Ощущение счастья. Кататься на роликах, как в кино и просто гулять. Вкусняшки ням-нам на пирсе.
  • M.ismail Ö.
    M.ismail ÖzkanJune 2, 2016
    Çok temiz ve gözünün görebildiği heryer kum
  • Won-Kyung S.
    Won-Kyung SungMarch 19, 2016
    파도가 정말 멋진 곳이네요.
  • Kirill B.
    Kirill BalakhtinFebruary 23, 2016
    Шикарный закат
  • Alejandro L.
    Alejandro LlanoFebruary 6, 2016
    Imperdible de la ciudad
  • Maribel G.
    muchas actividades par divertirse
  • سـﻉـُود بِن راشِـد🇰🇼
    Best place ever "SANTA MONICA" ✨🚴🏼🎡🌈
  • Ricardo
    RicardoNovember 18, 2015
    La playa está más limpia que en Venice Beach.
  • Jawahir M.
    Jawahir MNovember 16, 2015
    المكان الرايق ❤️
  • Flávio N.
    Flávio N.November 7, 2015
    Lindo píer
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