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Santa Monica, Venice, and Malibu

Top Reasons to Go

Bike Along the Strand: Spend the day on this 22-mile paved path, also known as the South Bay Bike Trail, that stretches from Santa Monica to Rendondo Beach.

Watch the Sun Set Over the Pacific in Malibu: Either cliffside or parked on beach blanket, the view will stay fixed in your mind as a trip highlight.

Spend the Day at Santa Monica Pier: A fun family day or a night out, the pier's appeal is its Ferris wheel, carousel, fair food, and games galore.

Catch the Mellow Vibe in Venice Beach: Stroll along the canals, shop and grab an all-organic lunch on Albert Kinney, or watch tanned locals in tie-dye toting longboards.

Take a Surfing Lesson: The sport is said to have started on Redondo Beach in the early 1900s—learn how to hang 10 from several great schools along the coast.

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