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Santa Monica Beach
Vacation Travel Guide

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 Hotels Close to Santa Monica Beach

Shore Hotel
Shore Hotel
4 out of 5
1515 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$5,241 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25

Located in Downtown, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Santa Monica Pier and Santa Monica Beach. Venice Beach and Venice Beach Boardwalk are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (993 reviews)

"Stunning rooms with excellent customer service no complaints here"…"

Reviewed on 2021/1/15

Shore Hotel
The Huntley Hotel
The Huntley Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1111 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$5,027 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19

This family-friendly Santa Monica hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Santa Monica Pier and Santa Monica Beach. Venice Beach and Abbot Kinney ...

4.4/5Excellent! (971 reviews)

"I would 10/10 recommend them to everyone! And have to a few people already!"…"

Reviewed on 2021/1/11

The Huntley Hotel
Georgian Hotel
Georgian Hotel
4 out of 5
1415 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$4,728 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19

Nestled on the beach, this Downtown hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica Beach, and Santa Monica Place. Santa Monica Pier ...

4.3/5Excellent! (970 reviews)

"Awesome stay at this hotel. The staff is super accommodating as well. Highly recommend staying here."…"

Reviewed on 2020/12/22

Georgian Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Santa Monica Beach

Shore Hotel
Shore Hotel
4 out of 5
1515 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$5,241 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Shore Hotel
The Huntley Hotel
The Huntley Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1111 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$5,027 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
The Huntley Hotel
Georgian Hotel
Georgian Hotel
4 out of 5
1415 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$4,728 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
Georgian Hotel
Ocean View Hotel
Ocean View Hotel
3 out of 5
1447 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$4,736 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
Ocean View Hotel
Hotel Shangri La Santa Monica
Hotel Shangri La Santa Monica
4 out of 5
1301 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$7,819 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Hotel Shangri La Santa Monica
Viceroy Santa Monica
Viceroy Santa Monica
4 out of 5
1819 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$7,118 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Viceroy Santa Monica
Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
5 out of 5
101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$10,934 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
Wyndham Santa Monica At The Pier
Wyndham Santa Monica At The Pier
3.5 out of 5
120 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$4,462 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
Wyndham Santa Monica At The Pier
Hotel Carmel
Hotel Carmel
2.5 out of 5
201 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$3,699 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Hotel Carmel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.