Santa Monica Beach and Pier, An LA Classic
Just west of downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica Beach is one of the most beautiful and iconic stretches of sand in the LA area. Santa Monica State Beach offers 3.5 miles of sandy shoreline for sunning, surfing, swimming, fishing and paddle-boarding. Check out the landmark Santa Monica Pier with waterfront shops, restaurants, an aquarium and Pacific Park featuring classic rides, rollercoasters, a Ferris wheel, games, and carnival-style food. Soak up the Southern California vibe, dine with views of the Pacific Ocean, and enjoy outdoor activities, from beach volleyball to cycling on the Marvin Braude Beach Trail. Santa Monica Beach offers art and music festivals and fun family events.