Santa Monica Beach

Santa Monica Beach which includes general coastal views, a sunset and a sandy beach

Located just west of downtown Los Angeles, this iconic southern California beach is a haven for swimmers, surfers, beachcombers and fitness enthusiasts.

Get the iconic southern California sun-and-surf experience at Santa Monica Beach. Discover a sandy stretch of oceanfront delights close to one of the nation’s biggest cities.

At 3.5 miles (5.6 kilometers) long, Santa Monica Beach is one of the area’s largest beaches. Stroll down its length and claim a portion of its soft sand. Swim in the clear Pacific Ocean or take advantage of the prime surfing conditions.

Explore the iconic Santa Monica Pier, located in the center of the beach and hosting an amusement park, aquarium and a variety of restaurants. Play arcade games in Pacific Park or enjoy the view from atop the Ferris wheel. Take a spin on the historic carousel and learn about the ocean around you in the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. Try fishing at the end of the pier.

South of the pier the beach joins the city, which contributes to its bustling atmosphere. Check out the original Muscle Beach, popularly known as the birthplace of America’s fitness boom in the 20th century. Gymnastics equipment is still abundant on the beach. Observe or participate in a chess game in the International Chess Park. Sample the restaurants and browse the shops lining the beach.

North of the pier, Santa Monica Beach meets the soaring palisades. The ocean bluff, coupled with the bordering Pacific Coast Highway, give this section of the beach a more remote atmosphere. Spread out your beach towel and soak up the sun or start a friendly game of beach volleyball.

Santa Monica Beach is accessible by public transportation via light rail or bus. Alternatively, drive here and park in one of the more than eight main parking lots located along the length of the beach. On-street parking is also available.

Head just 16 miles (25 kilometers) west of downtown Los Angeles to take advantage of southern California’s famous weather. Visit Santa Monica Beach throughout the year. Although the weather gets chillier in winter, temperatures never dip below freezing. In summer, the days are long and warm. Come prepared with sunglasses and sandals to enjoy the sand in any season.

Top Trending Hotels Near Santa Monica Beach

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
5 out of 5
1700 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
The price is Rs28,139 per night from 5 Jul to 6 Jul
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"It was clean and beautiful, the staff was amazing"

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The Huntley Hotel
The Huntley Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1111 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA, 90403
The price is Rs29,932 per night from 5 Jul to 6 Jul
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Santa Monica. Enjoy breakfast, WiFi and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,053 reviews)
"The room was very fresh, clean and appeared recently redone. As a VIP I was hoping for an upgrade and did not receive one . The room was not as large as i had hoped and the elevators were very slow, with people waiting. Great bar and restaurant upstairs. Very walkable area."

Reviewed on 23 Jun 2022

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Hotel Shangri La Santa Monica
Hotel Shangri La Santa Monica
4 out of 5
1301 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
The price is Rs35,588 per night from 24 Jul to 25 Jul
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4/5 Very Good! (986 reviews)
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Reviewed on 26 Jun 2022

Hotel Shangri La Santa Monica
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Ocean View Hotel
Ocean View Hotel
3 out of 5
1447 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
The price is Rs23,614 per night from 5 Jul to 6 Jul
Ocean View Hotel
The Huntley Hotel
The Huntley Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1111 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA, 90403
The price is Rs29,932 per night from 5 Jul to 6 Jul
The Huntley Hotel
Hotel Shangri La Santa Monica
Hotel Shangri La Santa Monica
4 out of 5
1301 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
The price is Rs35,588 per night from 24 Jul to 25 Jul
Hotel Shangri La Santa Monica
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
5 out of 5
1700 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
The price is Rs28,139 per night from 5 Jul to 6 Jul
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Fairmont Miramar Hotel
Fairmont Miramar Hotel
5 out of 5
101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
The price is Rs43,180 per night from 4 Jul to 5 Jul
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Hotel Carmel
Hotel Carmel
3 out of 5
201 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
The price is Rs24,237 per night from 5 Jul to 6 Jul
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Shore Hotel
Shore Hotel
4 out of 5
1515 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
The price is Rs35,490 per night from 4 Jul to 5 Jul
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Wyndham Santa Monica At The Pier
Wyndham Santa Monica At The Pier
3.5 out of 5
120 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
The price is Rs24,120 per night from 4 Jul to 5 Jul
Wyndham Santa Monica At The Pier
Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suites
Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suites
4 out of 5
1707 4th St, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
The price is Rs26,631 per night from 5 Jul to 6 Jul
Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suites
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