Santa Monica State Beach
9 miles to Los Angeles International Airport
Stretching north from the Santa Monica Pier to where Will Rogers State Beach starts, the north portion of Santa Monica State Beach includes a wide sandy shore. The beach has many parking lots, volleyball courts and extended bike ways for bikers and skaters to pass the day.
The south part of Santa Monica State Beach is south of the Santa Monica Pier and north of Venice Beach. Home to the Pacific Park Amusement Park is the Santa Monica Pier, with the historical Looff Hippodrome Carousel and Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. Next to it is Muscle Beach, and in between, there are numerous art galleries in Bergamot Station. You’ll see parks, homes and upscale hotels bordering the shore, as well as International Chess Park and Carousel Park, which are to the south of the Santa Monica Pier, together with the luxurious Shutters on the Beach.
The City of Santa Monica itself is probably the one of the most beautiful in Southern California. With both mountain and beachfront vistas, it lures travelers from around the globe. This coastal city, just west of Downtown Los Angeles, keeps a perfect balance between seaside attraction and coastal sophistication. It is extremely walkable, at only 8.3 square miles.
There are many things to do in Santa Monica: Relax at Santa Monica State Beach, shop the local boutiques, or go to the many museums and free galleries.
End your day with a stroll at the Third Street Prominade, where you’ll be entertained by street performers and top it all off with dinner at the many fine dining establishments there.