Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica State Beach
4.5
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Neighbourhood: 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 coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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  • Michael H
    Worthing, United Kingdom153 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fab visit to Santa Monica beach and pier
    Really enjoyed our visit to Santa Monica beach and the pier in May. It was a beautiful day, a bit windy so sea had lots of spray and surf on the waves. We loved the lively pier and it’s views back over the beach and back towards Santa Monica and surrounding area. Seemed full of happy people and families
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 July 2023
  • Lenny H
    Auckland, New Zealand840 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Californian beach
    A great stretch of beach for a walk and to watch the sunset - which is rather early. Definitely a must visit. Many many beach volley ball courts. Happy, friendly atmosphere.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 January 2024
  • AMohsen
    Port Said, Egypt541 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beach Joy
    The most popular and vibrant beaches in Los Angeles are Santa Monica and Venice beaches, so they must be on the list. The seawater quality and color are not that impressive, but the beach is quite joyful and picturesque. The popular Baywatch towers are there.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 February 2024
  • Grover R
    Pensacola, Florida21,818 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Made It to the Iconic LA Beaches
    On my last trip to LA, we did not get to the beach or at least Santa Monica as we were in Long Beach. The beaches you really think about when you think Los Angeles are the beaches along Santa Monica Bay, so the trip I made the effort to visit Santa Monica and see the beach. While as a Gulf Coast guy, I prefer a white sand beach, this was a great beach. The background of mountains here on the coast is simply something we don't have. I am very glad we made the great beaches around LA for this visit.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 April 2024
  • Rodalita B
    Francisco I. Madero Municipality, Mexico3,230 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Santa Monia State Beach...
    STUNNING VIEWS BEACHES:: Santa Monica State Beach At California; .a Beautiful beaches in Los Angeles..a very popular beach of the tourust destined A brilluant place beautiful surround. It could be seen. Good for a walk in the morning while the sunset is up. So pretty and stunning spit of bay views ..it is an Atmosphere place wirh a great friendly staff....
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 12 June 2024
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M G
Oakland, CA186 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Family
This is a very nice long stretch of beach, but it is extremely crowded to the point of not being enjoyable. Way too many people & vendors to be able to relax or find a decent spot. There are so many beaches along this coastline that going here makes no sense. It's fun to go the pier & walk around in the crowds, but if you are actually trying to experience the beach & the ocean, then this place is overcrowded.
Written 11 July 2024
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Rodalita B
Francisco I. Madero Municipality, Mexico3,230 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Friends
STUNNING VIEWS BEACHES::

Santa Monica State Beach At California; .a Beautiful beaches in Los Angeles..a very popular beach of the tourust destined A brilluant place beautiful surround. It could be seen. Good for a walk in the morning while the sunset is up. So pretty and stunning spit of bay views ..it is an Atmosphere place wirh a great friendly staff....
Written 12 June 2024
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1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Friends
There are cracked out homeless people everywhere and I felt very unsafe. People were sleeping in the middle of the sidewalks, swatting at imaginary bugs, harassing people for money, and even saw a lady taking a dump in the middle of the sidewalk. We drove down south to Huntington Beach and it was MUCH nicer.
Written 11 June 2024
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koebe
Edmonton, Canada105 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Did not feel safe here. Lots of homeless and high/drunk. Did not feel safe to walk on my own. One evening a fight broke out and 6 cop cars came. Garbage all the way along the beach.
Written 29 April 2024
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL21,818 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
On my last trip to LA, we did not get to the beach or at least Santa Monica as we were in Long Beach. The beaches you really think about when you think Los Angeles are the beaches along Santa Monica Bay, so the trip I made the effort to visit Santa Monica and see the beach. While as a Gulf Coast guy, I prefer a white sand beach, this was a great beach. The background of mountains here on the coast is simply something we don't have. I am very glad we made the great beaches around LA for this visit.
Written 21 April 2024
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Doi D
Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
I went there in May 2022. the weather was so cool, got a full-day Hollywood trip with Viator. it was a very nice trip, I would recommend this,
Written 9 March 2024
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AMohsen
Port Said, Egypt541 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Friends
The most popular and vibrant beaches in Los Angeles are Santa Monica and Venice beaches, so they must be on the list. The seawater quality and color are not that impressive, but the beach is quite joyful and picturesque. The popular Baywatch towers are there.
Written 18 February 2024
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Aimee Z
Singapore, Singapore8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Family
Santa Monica Beach is really big, with a long coastline for tourists to swim, play in the water, and even surf. There are also many recreational facilities and entertainment facilities nearby for people to use.
Written 20 January 2024
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Lenny H
Auckland, New Zealand840 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
A great stretch of beach for a walk and to watch the sunset - which is rather early. Definitely a must visit. Many many beach volley ball courts. Happy, friendly atmosphere.
Written 6 January 2024
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Dr Javed Rasheed
Chennai (Madras), India3,761 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Visited this place on 19th May 2023 as it was close to the Shutters on the beach hotel where we were staying in LA, USA 🇺🇸.The beach is located along Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica. It is 3.5 miles (5.6 km) long and has parks, picnic areas, playgrounds, restrooms, it’s a great and popular tourist attraction and destination and took a few pics.
Dr. Javed Rasheed
Written 2 November 2023
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