Santa Monica Beach

Santa Monica Beach

Santa Monica Beach is an iconic destination known for its fun beach activities which attract visitors from around the world. The three-mile-long beach features restaurants, a bike trail, gymnastics equipment, rides, and more, making it a top location for tourists. The beach’s expansive pier, home to Pacific Park, the historic Carousel, a trapeze school, and more offer additional experiences for visitors to enjoy. With so much to do, you can easily spend an entire day here.


Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Recommended Audience
Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Top Features

Swim, surf, and paddleboard in the water, plus enjoy a scenic bike path, the Original Muscle Beach, and nearby restaurants.

Pacific Park
Enjoy the many classic amusement rides that line Santa Monica Pier, including a towering Ferris Wheel and an exhilarating roller coaster.

Santa Monica Pier Carousel
Visit the historic carousel attraction and climb atop a wooden family of animals.

Heal the Bay Aquarium
Experience hands-on presentations and interactive exhibits designed to educate, inspire, and empower visitors to be stewards of the environment.

Playland Arcade
Play classic and contemporary games and attractions at Playland Arcade, home to over 200 arcade activities, including PacMan and Dance-Dance Revolution.

Popular For

West Coaster
Though short in length, the West Coaster is an overall fun experience and great for those testing the roller coaster waters.

The Original Muscle Beach
Santa Monica’s Muscle Beach, which opened in the 1930s, features retro gym equipment, such as parallel bars, rings, and ropes.

Hotels near Santa Monica Beach
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Cover photos are the property of Boden/Ledingham/Getty Images. Select photos on this page are the property of Santa Monica Travel & Tourism, Pacific Park, Santa Monica Pier, Heal the Bay, and Playland Arcade.

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