Annenberg Community Beach House

Annenberg Community Beach House

Annenberg Community Beach House
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The Beach House is a unique community destination. With spectacular views, splash pad, playground, gallery, Marion Davies Guest House, beach courts & fields, community & cultural events, historic pool, free wi-fi, and more, there's something for everyone to enjoy! Site hours change seasonally. Call or check our website annenbergbeachhouse.com to confirm hours of operation. The Beach House is also available to rent for private events and as a location for filming.
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Kittygal 🇺🇦 🌻
Los Angeles, CA8,793 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Solo
Having grown up in the area, I was familiar with the history of this stretch of beach. As a youngster, I spent many a summer day near the original Marion Davies beach house, which later became the Sand and Sea Club.

I'd just finished reading a novelization of Marion Davies' life, so decided to visit on a Sunday. The guest house is once again open and free tours are given from Friday through Monday by knowledgeable docents.

The storied guest house has been beautifully and carefully restored. If you love antique tile bathrooms, you're in for a treat. We visited both floors, and heard about the life and times of those who had stayed there.
After the tour, there's an opportunity to view a film about the life of Miss Davies, which is quite interesting.

The complex includes gardens, an art gallery, a splash pad for all, community space, and activities for a fee, including a beautiful outdoor pool that dates back to the original complex. The beachfront cafe is open again, too. Best of all, entry to the park is free. And the Pacific Ocean is literally across the way. A nice day out for tourists or locals.
Written 30 August 2022
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Simon S
Hastings, UK62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Excellent facilities and staff. So glorious to be able to go to the beach and then also jump into the most glorious pool. We visited with a wheelchair user and the facilities for her were excellent. Using the pool lift was easy and Steve was so patient and helpful. We had a great day. The loan of a beach wheelchair to get my daughter into the ocean was the icing on the cake. And great value too - $10 each is a bargain.
Written 28 August 2022
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khochajee
Dubai, United Arab Emirates95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
This is an absolute joy. There was a need for a place with ample parking, a cafe, pool, clean bathrooms and showers for the kids, a play area and the location couldn’t be better.

A wonderful addition to the Santa Monica beach
Written 16 December 2019
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airbrush1212
Santa Monica, CA173 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
I know that sounds bad...but I am still wondering why the built this. There is a pool....very narrow and long and often filled with screaming children. The community house itself is reserved for events.
Written 23 November 2019
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sjmbdm
Santa Monica, CA96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Wonderful areas for children' play, good for adults too. Great facilities, programs and events. High quality.
Written 16 August 2019
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mauratravels1111
San Clemente, CA48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2019
Great location and ease of parking and high end way to to tan and eat at great restaurant on the beach ~ a little pricey but if you want VIP service and ease ~ this is a great way to go!
Written 6 August 2019
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Michael T
Los Angeles, CA897 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2019 • Family
This place is FANTASTIC! If you plan your day right, you could have the PERFECT SoCal summer day here. Really... perfect!

If you reserve your parking ahead of time (which I strongly recommend), it's $12 and you can get in starting at 8:30am instead of the 10am general admission. It was SUPER convenient and easy.

The window to buy tickets for the pool opens at 9am and the pool opens at 10am. We got there right at 8:30am and only steps away from our parking place was the breakfast cafe. It was fantastic! A bit pricey... like almost everything is $17... but there are tables ON the beach. So we could eat, watch the ocean while our kids played in the sand. It was glorious. You do need have everyone with you when you get your tickets, but since we were there right at 9, there was no line and we came with a friend, so they watched our table and we took turns getting tickets. Mondays are HALF PRICED!!! So $12 for adults and $2 for children. After breakfast we played on the PLAYGROUND which is (you guessed it) RIGHT THERE!!!

People line up to go in at 10am (I'd have someone in your party get in line a bit early, but really everyone was fine). Go in and pick out your spots! There are tons of lawn cots and umbrellas to shade from the sun.

When I first saw the pool I was like, "okay... it's fine". But then you are in it, it's HUGE and the ornament and detail... it's the closest thing to being able to swim in the pools at Hearst Castle! Really.

There's a small "splashed", but it's not great. Like 4 holes squirting a fountain. Not exciting. But everything else is awesome. You can bring food in. So you can picnic here! There is a restaurant if you need it. The beach is right there... so you could hop back and forth from the pool to the beach to the playground and back again. I saw a sign for a game room, but I didn't see it. Also, there is a museum just next door that gives FREE tours!

It's just a magical summer place! Do it!
Written 29 July 2019
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Judy C
9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2019 • Friends
The cafe at this beach house is very nice , good food , I ordered Fred’s salad , French fries and bacon, they come out fast and tasty.
Great visit and beautiful view
If parking full, plenty public parking around for only $12.00 a day.
Written 20 July 2019
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TravelingBbusFun
Annapolis, MD255 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Business
I was here for an event, so that is how I would rate it. The facilities for an event are good. It is on the beach, which means if the weather isn't cold and windy, it is good to lounge for a break. I didnt take advantage of the pool or other facilities, but it was again a basic meeting location with a nice view.
Written 23 May 2019
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Ms Maney
Austin, TX12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
I love this place for SO many reasons. All the amenities you need for a full day at the beach. Clean restrooms, a cafe for lunch, and after a day of swimming in the ocean you can have a final dip in a historic pool. The facilities at the pool are very accommodating, with lounges, tables and shade. While not living in LA, I have spent my day on the beach, had a beautiful lunch, a dip in the pool... Then I used their facilities to shower and get dressed to drive to the airport and board my plane. You reserve a time to use the pool, if they are at capacity, they will text you..."time to swim".
Written 16 April 2019
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