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Santa Monica Beach

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Ocean Ave at Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
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This popular beach is a favorite among television and movie producers.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good35%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“homeless people” (89 reviews)
“people watching” (136 reviews)
“rent bikes” (37 reviews)
Ocean Ave at Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Santa Monica
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A really lovely place to spend an afternoon or evening. The beach is very crowded but has a lovely energy and vibe. Try to head to the pier at some stsge as it has lots of performance artists and loads of vendors hawking popcorn, ice...More

Thank Bozeman-Dublin
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Was a clear sunny day. Cold wind though. Water quality not bad. Small waves and easy to swim in. Plenty of people dipping their toes in the water. Easy to get to. Plenty of parking. Summertime would be a insane. Not much else to day...More

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We just walked up and down the beach for a couple of hours and loved it! Venice Beach is just to this one and you walk right into it.

Thank LesleyGulledge
Reviewed 5 days ago

I hosted a 3-day, 45 person family reunion at SHORE HOTEL and couldn't have been more pleased. Starting with Florina & Paulina (mgrs) to Michael Contis (F&B asst.mgr) to Raul at the bar and Carlos & Edwin our wait staff for the weekend and several...More

Thank Judy P
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Huge beach! Great views and a fabulous boardwalk along the waterfront if the sand between your toes isn't your thing. Definitely worth some photos and a swim when in Santa Monica!

Thank Amanda C
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We drove our rented car there at around 4pm and took a stroll on the beach first before parking up nearer to the pier with a parking fee of $7 dollars. At 5pm, We decided to get dinner at the first original Bubba Gump restaurant...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

One of those must do's in LA- the end of the Route 66 highway. We stayed in Santa Monica so the beach was a 5 min walk away, its pretty lively during the day at the pier with tourist and locals enjoying the beach. Personally...More

1  Thank Althea M
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was there the weekend before Thanksgiving, so the beach was empty, quiet and very relaxing. Spent hours laying in the sun, just me and the seagulls. I tried to be reasonably close to the other 4-5 people on the beach; from time to time...More

Thank Sup3rgirl
Reviewed 1 week ago

There were no crowded areas here,plenty of space for ball games,great place to swim,traditional pier,even fishing if you wanted,bikes to hire,resteraunts.

Thank tchell2016
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was too cold to swim this time of year as expected but perfect for watching the sunset on the beach with a pizza and glass of wine!

1  Thank hannahbxxx
Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a
balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a
thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers,
roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the
famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles
weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa
Monica pier spins high above the water, while park
revelers scream with delight riding the roller
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Derek S
17 October 2017|
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Response from Steve H | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I didn't see any lockers
12 September 2017|
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Response from Corkey1972 | Reviewed this property |
Venice beach was nice but had loads of homeless people and drugies in the evening. Not sure I would want to wonder around after dark . Santa Monica was lovely and only 10 mins on a bike away . We ate at james beach one... More
Dale M
8 June 2017|
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Response from Sandy_Salsa | Reviewed this property |
I would stay in Santa Monica, as close to the beach as possible. If your hotel offers breakfast options you could have them there. And then hit the beach...the pier, have a nice, relaxing walk to Venice Beach and back... More