Located not far from downtown Los Angeles, California, Santa Monica beach is a quintessential Southern California beach and one of the most famous beaches in California. This iconic beach is three and half miles long, with fine, soft, well-maintained sand. It is within walking distance from all major hotels, restaurants and bars. Divided by the famous Santa Monica Pier, the beach is great for surfing, swimming, sunbathing, volleyball, and all other sports on the sand and in the water.
You can rent lounge chairs and umbrellas at Perry’s at the Beach, a beach equipment rental place and popular restaurant. The Santa Monica Pier features an aquarium, an amusement park and restaurants. Watching the sunset from the pier is a must. You can bike from Santa Monica Beach all the way to Torrance Country Beach by taking the Strand, a 22-mile-long bike trail. The best surfing is just off Bay Street, where you can rent equipment and take the surfing lessons you’ve always wanted.
Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, CA 90401 Photo: Zarnell/Fotolia
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