Fodor's Expert Review Santa Monica State Beach

Santa Monica Beach
Santa Monica beach, Santa Monica, Venice, Santa Monica, Venice, and Malibu, Los Angeles, California, USA.

The first beach you'll hit after the Santa Monica Freeway (Interstate 10) runs into the Pacific Coast Highway, wide and sandy Santa Monica is the place for sunning and socializing. The Strand, which runs across the beach and for 22 miles in total, is popular among walkers, joggers, and bicyclists. Be prepared for a mob scene on summer weekends, when parking becomes an expensive ordeal. Swimming is fine (with the usual poststorm-pollution caveat); for surfing, go elsewhere. For a memorable view, climb up the stairway over PCH to Palisades Park, at the top of the bluffs. Free summer concerts are held on the pier on Thursday evening. Amenities: parking; lifeguards; toilets; food and drink; showers; water sports. Best for: partiers; sunset; surfing; swimming; walking.

Beach Promenade

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1642 Promenade
Santa Monica, California  90401, USA


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Rate Includes: Parking from $7

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