About Santa Monica Beach:
Situated beneath the palisades and downtown Santa Monica, Santa Monica State Beach runs north of the Santa Monica Pier. This southwest-facing beach is home to Pacific Park amusement park and is near the Third Street Promenade.
Santa Monica Beach Fees:
- Entrance Fee: No
- Parking Fee: Yes. Park in the lots or at meters along Ocean Avenue.
Creature Comforts at Santa Monica Beach:
- Food nearby
- No Alcohol on the beach
- No pets allowed
Santa Monica Beach Activities:
- Bike path
- Swimming, lifeguard on duty during daylight hours
- Volleyball (7 courts)
- Walking path
Lodging Near Santa Monica Beach:
Highs and Lows at Santa Monica Beach:
- Santa Monica Beach can get very crowded on a summer day. The further you get away from the pier, the thinner the crowds.
Santa Monica Beach Rating:
Poll: What is Santa Monica State Beach Best For?
- Scuba Diving
- Beach Volleyball
- Bicycle Riding
- Wildlife-Watching, tide pooling
How to Get to Santa Monica Beach:
Park downtown and take the Beach Ride which runs in the summer.