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Santa Monica Beach Pier of Los Angeles, California

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.

Details

Hours

  • Open daily 10AM to 12:30AM
 

Prices

  • The Santa Monica Pier is free, and the attractions & rides are $5 - $10.
 

Events

  • Twilight on the Pier
  • Opera on the Beach
  • The Historic Carousel
  • Santa Monica Pier Aquarium Tours
  • Shark Sunday at the Aquarium
  • New Year's Eve on the Pier
 
 

Activities

  • Amusement Rides & Games
  • Live Music
  • Shopping
  • Dining
  • Themed Tours
  • Beach Sports
 

FAQs

  • Where can you park near the Santa Monica Pier?

    There are 8 main parking lots along the length of Santa Monica Beach, open from sunrise to sunset, as well as surrounding street parking. There’s also 24-hour parking at the upper Pier Deck via the ramp at Ocean and Colorado. Parking ranges from $6 to $15 a day.
  • Can you rent a bike on the Sant Monica Pier?

    Santa Monica Beach and the Santa Monica Pier offer numerous bike rental shops and vendors. Perry's rents bicycles, beach chairs, rollerblades, umbrellas, volleyballs, and boogie boards. Santa Monica Beach Bicycles on 4th rents classic beach cruisers for only $15 - $20 a day.
  • Where are the best places to eat at the Santa Monica Pier?

    Enjoy waterfront dining on the Santa Monica Pier at The Albright, The Lobster, Rusty’s Surf Ranch, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., and Seaside on the Pier, serving fresh California seafood with ocean views. Enjoy Mexican food at Mariasol’s and a burger and shake at PierBurger. There are many great restaurants right on the beach, including Shutters on the Beach, Water Grill, Cha Cha Chicken, and Blue Plate Taco.
 

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