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Santa Monica State Beach

Beach and Surf Spot
Downtown Santa Monica, Santa Monica
224 Tips and reviews
  • sunsets
  • beach
  • biking
  • people watching
  • surfing
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  • Katie M.
    Katie MOctober 29, 2012
    Quite a hike to the water, but it's worth it.
  • Wayner B.
    Wayner BechelliDecember 10, 2014
    The real California Dreamin'!
  • Emma G.
    Emma GooOctober 22, 2011
    People watch; bring a sketchbook or camera. Feel the sand beneath yer feet. Enjoy the immensity of the sea. Stop by a divey hole in the wall; beer it up. Churro. Rent a cruiser. Ferris wheel it. Relax
  • Dwayne F.
    Dwayne FelicianoAugust 18, 2011
    Don't forget to bring a towel!!
  • Katherine S.
    Katherine SMarch 22, 2012
    parking is difficult by the pier; park in one of the structures and walk a few blocks to get to the beach
  • Brandon S.
    Brandon SmithFebruary 23, 2013
    Enjoy the view and catch some fresh ocean breeze on the top of the roller coaster.
  • Lillian S.
    Lillian SwordDecember 19, 2014
    We went to several beaches during our trip to California. The width of the beaches was the thing that impressed me most. It's a LONG walk from the beginning of the sand to the ocean.
  • Ketan S.
    Ketan SampatMay 17, 2014
    Beautiful beach! Very well maintained.
  • Yuna 🇰🇷 P.
    Yuna 🇰🇷 ParkJuly 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Avoid the beach near the pier. Much calmer scene when you head up a bit north, and a much cooler scene down south closer to Venice.
  • Wen Z.
    Wen ZhengDecember 1, 2014
    I like here... Very beautiful...
  • Mshaari A.
    Mshaari AAugust 20, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    One of the best beaches in SoCal I love the sunset here
  • Leah H.
    Leah HengelFebruary 21, 2012
    Park off Broadway and 4th-$1/hour parking with a 9$ max. Close to the beach and shopping/restaurants.
  • 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
  • Metin A.
    Metin ArslanFebruary 6, 2015
    One of the best place that i saw for a summer time. People must see in a lifetime.
  • 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.
  • Troy D.
    Troy DeversJanuary 27, 2016
    Beautiful and historic beach.
  • Gisele M.
    Gisele MinguitoMarch 18, 2012
    its a great place!
  • Karina O.
    Karina OlivaAugust 16, 2015
    Pretty good bringing the kids to the pier
  • Elena
    ElenaMarch 25, 2012
    This is my go to beach.
  • 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.
  • Kevin
    KevinSeptember 3, 2011
    You can rent lowrider chopper bikes by the hour :)
  • Bubsy
    BubsyJanuary 27, 2014
    Wear sunscreen! The sun is brutal in Southern California.
  • 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.
  • Steve B.
    Steve BurtonJune 11, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Fun fun fun. Nice beach bathrooms too.
  • Frank P.
    Frank PatrizioApril 2, 2015
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  • 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! 🇺🇸
  • Justine  E.
    Justine  EzarikJuly 21, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    bring sunscreen!!
  • 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!
    Upvoted Mar 18
  • Emily G.
    Emily GresbrinkMarch 3, 2012
    OCEAN! Did you see it/touch it?
  • Joe J.
    Joe JohnsonOctober 9, 2011
    Check out Ocean Park area south of the pier, north of Venice.
  • Yousif D.
    Yousif DNovember 8, 2016
    Nice spot for a walk or relaxing under the sun!
  • Joe P.
    Joe PicosSeptember 8, 2011
    Always nice to have a walk on the beach with a loved one
  • Karsten M.
    Karsten McVayMay 12, 2015
    Beautiful, but crowded
  • Taylor M.
    Taylor MarshJuly 9, 2012
    Shred the foamies!
  • DJ Latin Prince ✔ 
    Love coming here for a nice walk. #HELLO
    Trails.comJanuary 28, 2011
    The Santa Monica Beach Bike Path extends from Will Rogers State Beach, at its northern terminus, south through Venice and Marina Del Rey to the bridge that crosses Ballona Creek. Read more
  • Steven R.
    Steven RobbinsAugust 13, 2013
    Nice area to explore
  • Nabil B.
    Nabil BazzariApril 20, 2015
    Beach not so wow...but definitely have to visit the pier and walk in Santa Monica above beach
  • Sharon E.
    Sharon ExleyDecember 25, 2011
    The beach is all good!
  • D. G.
    D. G.January 17, 2016
    One of my favorite beaches
  • Manal A.
    Manal Al-ManieOctober 1, 2015
    I love Santa Monica beach
  • Chuck S.
    Chuck SebestaDecember 8, 2016
    A most beautiful beach!
  • 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.
  • Delene 하.
    Delene 하늘July 29, 2013
    Santa Monica state beach is just beautiful! its best when you go with the crowds! and i like to ride one of those roller coaster near there haha its nice and i like the views and areas around too!^^
  • Jose T.
    Jose TorresDecember 23, 2014
    One of the best beaches Ive been to.
  • Kelley L.
    Kelley L.September 2, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Heather S.
    Heather ScottFebruary 27, 2010
    Go on a grey almost rainy day and have the beach to yourself.
  • Jaren G.
    Jaren GAugust 28, 2016
    Relaxation ✈️🔑
  • Ahmad S.
    Ahmad SalahFebruary 28, 2016
    Riding a bicycle on the beach is the best experience ever
  • Lady Steinberg
    Lady SteinbergSeptember 12, 2014
    Beautiful beach, fun boardwalk with food, shops and vendors. Fishing on the pier. Showers at the beach.
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