Santa Monica Beach

Santa Monica Beach showing general coastal views, a beach and a sunset
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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, 90403
The price is $314 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Santa Monica. Enjoy breakfast, WiFi, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,069 reviews)
"Exceptional property with great location and service."

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2022

The Huntley Hotel
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
5 out of 5
1700 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
The price is $421 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Santa Monica. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,002 reviews)
"Very nice hotel that we’ve stayed at multiple times. The location is awesome, but it is a little overpriced for the amenities they have to offer. The area has changed quite a bit since last time we were there. 3rd street promenade used to be thriving, but now is a ghost town, which is a shame."

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2022

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Fairmont Miramar Hotel
Fairmont Miramar Hotel
5 out of 5
101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
The price is $566 per night from Sep 10 to Sep 11
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Santa Monica. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and 4 restaurants. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,003 reviews)
"Professional and friendly staff beautiful facility amazing restaurants and food beautiful views and pool I would definitely come back here"

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2022

Fairmont Miramar Hotel
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Best Lodging Options Near Santa Monica Beach

Ocean View Hotel
Ocean View Hotel
3 out of 5
1447 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
The price is $269 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
Ocean View Hotel
The Huntley Hotel
The Huntley Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1111 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA, 90403
The price is $314 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
The Huntley Hotel
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
5 out of 5
1700 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
The price is $421 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Fairmont Miramar Hotel
Fairmont Miramar Hotel
5 out of 5
101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
The price is $566 per night from Sep 10 to Sep 11
Fairmont Miramar Hotel
Hotel Shangri La Santa Monica
Hotel Shangri La Santa Monica
4 out of 5
1301 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
The price is $385 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Hotel Shangri La Santa Monica
Shore Hotel
Shore Hotel
4 out of 5
1515 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
The price is $349 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
Shore Hotel
Hotel Carmel
Hotel Carmel
3 out of 5
201 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
The price is $272 per night from Sep 11 to Sep 12
Hotel Carmel
Viceroy Santa Monica
Viceroy Santa Monica
4 out of 5
1819 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
The price is $352 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
Viceroy Santa Monica
Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suites
Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suites
4 out of 5
1707 4th St, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
The price is $302 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suites
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