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Santa Monica State Beach

Beach and Surf Spot
Downtown Santa Monica, Santa Monica
266 Tips and reviews
  • sunsets
  • beach
  • biking
  • people watching
  • surfing
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  • Josef S.
    Josef Szotten4 days ago
    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
    Nice spot for a walk or relaxing under the sun!
  • Abdullah A.
    Woooooow wooooow wooooow
  • Danny S.
    Danny SelvagOctober 28
    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.
    Beautiful yet very crowded
  • C B.
    C BaileyOctober 18
    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
    Santa Monica beach is home to me
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱October 3
    Remember to bring your own court lines for beach volleyball! Also, no parking after sunset or you'll get a ticket.
  • muharrem s.
    Much better than Venice beach
  • Craig T.
    Craig TheroffSeptember 22
    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
    Love it here, we had a blast on a beauty of a day.
  • Huaisi C.
    Huaisi CenSeptember 13
    The only place you can walk in LA
  • Kelley L.
    Kelley L.September 2
    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.
  • Jaren G.
    Jaren GAugust 28
    Relaxation ✈️🔑
  • Luis D.
    Very nice place for walking
  • Negar A.
    Negar AkashehAugust 21
    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 A.
    Mshaari AAugust 20
    Been here 25+ times
    One of the best beaches in SoCal I love the sunset here
  • Miles N.
    Miles NgAugust 19
    Sunset watching, people watching 👍🏼
  • Paul T.
    Paul T.August 13
    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
    fab place to visit on a hot day
  • Keith S.
    Hot beach! (Bring your sandals) but great place to get into the water to cool down!~
  • Nikos K.
    Amazing beach. Just that!
  • Djayy J.
    Really cool spot to hang out at night. Bring your happy materials.
  • Yuri V.
    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
    I loved Santa Monica. Theres a lot of space sand so the beach never looks full of poeple.
  • Fabiola H.
    The lobster
  • Hyun Ku K.
    It is always right to be there
  • Sam M.
    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.
    Quintessential L.A. beach culture. People watch & feel inadequate. 🏖
  • Karla D.
    Everything here is amazing 😁
  • Ayman S.
    Ayman SirajMarch 13
    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
    Riding a bicycle on the beach is the best experience ever
  • Moe S.
    Moe ShehataFebruary 28
    One of the most beautiful beaches I have ever been too. Night life there is awesome as well.
  • Forrest
    ForrestFebruary 27
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Great getaway on a warm weather
  • Troy D.
    Troy DeversJanuary 27
    Beautiful and historic beach.
  • D. G.
    D. G.January 17
    One of my favorite beaches
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuJanuary 11
    🔥🔥🔥 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
    Pretty chill
  • Amol U.
    Amol UtrankarDecember 29, 2015
    Beautiful homes, clean beaches, great waves, and gorgeous weather (usually!)
  • Moodz M.
    Moodz MDecember 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
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