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Santa Monica Beach

Vacation Travel Guide
Santa Monica Beach showing general coastal views, a beach and a sunset

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

The Huntley Hotel
The Huntley Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1111 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$8,667 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
This family-friendly Santa Monica hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Santa Monica Beach and Santa Monica Pier. Venice Beach and Abbot Kinney ...
4.3/5Excellent! (959 reviews)
"The Huntley Hotel was a great stay for our anniversary! The location is perfect, walking distance to the Beach and 3rd Street Promenade! The only knock on them is no microwaves and no fridges in the rooms but outside of that, this place is perfect. We will definitely be back!"

Reviewed on 2021/7/20

The Huntley Hotel
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
5 out of 5
1700 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$11,079 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
Located in Downtown Santa Monica, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within a 5-minute walk of Original Muscle Beach and Santa Monica Beach. Santa ...
4.3/5Excellent! (962 reviews)
"Staff was very helpful and friendly. Location was perfect the only down side was that the food menu was very limited. I would definitely recommend this hotel to family and friends."

Reviewed on 2021/7/25

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suites
Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suites
3.5 out of 5
1707 4th St, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$8,667 per night from Aug 12 to Aug 12
Located in Downtown Santa Monica, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Main Street Santa Monica, Third Street Promenade, and Santa Monica Beach. Santa ...
4/5Very Good! (975 reviews)
"Didn’t have a microwave and didn’t know it was valet parking only, other than that, nice hotel!!"

Reviewed on 2021/7/25

Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suites
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Best Lodging Options Near Santa Monica Beach

Hotel Carmel
Hotel Carmel
3 out of 5
201 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$5,180 per night from Jul 27 to Jul 27
Hotel Carmel
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
5 out of 5
1700 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$11,079 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
The Huntley Hotel
The Huntley Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1111 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$8,667 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
The Huntley Hotel
Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suites
Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suites
3.5 out of 5
1707 4th St, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$8,667 per night from Aug 12 to Aug 12
Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suites
Fairmont Miramar Hotel
Fairmont Miramar Hotel
5 out of 5
101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$13,101 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Fairmont Miramar Hotel
Shore Hotel
Shore Hotel
4 out of 5
1515 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$8,305 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 24
Shore Hotel
Georgian Hotel
Georgian Hotel
4 out of 5
1415 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$9,508 per night from Jul 27 to Jul 27
Georgian Hotel
Ocean View Hotel
Ocean View Hotel
3 out of 5
1447 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$6,790 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Ocean View Hotel
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$6,485 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 24
Wyndham Santa Monica At The Pier
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.