Santa Monica State Beach

Off Ocean Front, Santa Monica, CA 90403
84 reviews

Like many locals, I never get tired of watching the sun set over the pastel blue color of the Pacific. Venice or Santa Monica Beach is the perfect location for this ultimate, eternal grand show of nature.

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  • 61
    0.83 mi

    Santa Monica Pier-9.3 miles-16 minutes

    0.83 mi from Santa Monica State Beach
    1 review
  • 62
    0.63 mi

    Diane's Beachwear

    0.63 mi from Santa Monica State Beach
    1 review
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  • 63
    0.6 mi

    The Hot Yoga Center

    0.6 mi from Santa Monica State Beach
    1 review

    The Hot Yoga Center offers an array of classes in a VERY hot room, yes, Bikram style. While some classes are the traditional Bikram series and some are varied, all classes are hot and on the infamous carpeted floor. For Bikram style yoga, the studio proved just fine. Bikram style has many fans and many people who react in an ...

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  • 64
    4.58 mi

    The Getty Center

    4.58 mi from Santa Monica State Beach
    151 reviews

    A fantastic museum! Between the permanent collection and the rotating exhibits, you absolutely cant go wrong. Plus some phenomenal view for photo ops as you walk around the center and the gardens because the views are incredible...from everywhere! The architecture of the building are amazing! If you are into art (or just incredible locations), you have to go to the ...

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  • 65
    3.0 mi

    Venice Beach

    3.0 mi from Santa Monica State Beach
    175 reviews

    A must see venue if you haven't been before but not a spot that you need to visit often. It get's really crowded and the stores get repetitive too so its not so much for shopping. A good place to see the local LA culture. For easy parking go here:

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  • 66
    3.42 mi

    Venice Canals

    3.42 mi from Santa Monica State Beach
    63 reviews

    A very nice and romantic place to visit. Street parking can be difficult, depending on what time you're going. But it's not that bad! You can walk around and check out the canals and walk over the bridge. You can also see the duckies playing around. If you keep walking a few more minutes, you hit Venice Beach! So overall, ...

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  • 67
    3.11 mi

    Abbot Kinney Blvd

    3.11 mi from Santa Monica State Beach
    48 reviews

    In any other city but LA, this charming strip of shops (Gant, Alternative Apparel), boutiques (Me. Steves Beauty Cottage, Aesop), and galleries (G2, Hamilton Press) would be THE STRIP, and celebrated as such. But in LA, the shopping cup truly spilleth over, and Abboy Kinney somehow manages to sneak by as one of the lesser sung hotspots in town. Skip ...

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  • 68
    4.63 mi

    Legend Charters

    4.63 mi from Santa Monica State Beach
    45 reviews

    Fun times on a harbor cruise around Marina Del Ray on Sunday morning... I had hoped to leave the harbor, but alas we cruised back and forth around the entire harbor pulling 180s at the end of each row of boats. Consequently, due to the location; the boat ride was a gentle meandering around the harbor. Several of the folks ...

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  • 69
    4.49 mi

    The Getty Museum

    4.49 mi from Santa Monica State Beach
    37 reviews

    One of my top 4 places in Los Angeles. Great views, beautiful architecture and art, and the Getty Center is also terrific.

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  • 70
    1.72 mi

    Santa Monica Farmers' Market

    1.72 mi from Santa Monica State Beach
    35 reviews

    A mainstay in Santa Monica. This is a great place to head for Sunday brunch. You can sit outside on the grass beneath a shady tree or on one of the tables, eat mouth watering buttermilk pancakes, huge home-made omelettes or fresh tamales, and even ride a pony if you are so inclined. They also have some of the best ...

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  • 71
    2.93 mi

    Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea

    2.93 mi from Santa Monica State Beach
    29 reviews

    Of my three favorite coffee brands that I seek out in all of my American travels (Stumptown. Blue Bottle and Intelligentsia), this one is by far the most elaborate. If you don't have 45 minutes to devote to a cup of coffee, then this is most certainly not the spot for you. The line alone at this particular cafe can ...

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  • 72
    3.02 mi

    A Day in LA Tours

    3.02 mi from Santa Monica State Beach
    11 reviews

    The Rastabus is a fun party party bus with a great staff. We took the tour of Los Angeles and they literally took us on our own personal itinerary tour. The driver was excellent and did the best he could to accommodate us every which way, including running some errands for us while we were off the bus!! The atmosphere ...

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  • 73
    3.48 mi

    Liquid Kitty

    3.48 mi from Santa Monica State Beach
    11 reviews

    My first Gogobot... because Traci said there'd be issues otherwise.

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  • 74
    3.33 mi

    Arsenal Bar

    3.33 mi from Santa Monica State Beach
    13 reviews

    I often go there for happy hour! They have great quesadillas and really cheap beers! They also have a patio on the left where you can smoke (if are a smoker).

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  • 75
    4.25 mi

    Mitsuwa Marketplace

    4.25 mi from Santa Monica State Beach
    11 reviews

    Mitsuwa is a popular Asian market on the Westside. It is home to an amazing food court as well. I eat here way too much.

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  • 76
    1.71 mi

    Will Rogers State Beach

    1.71 mi from Santa Monica State Beach
    11 reviews

    I really like this beach - it's a bit out of the way and thus nowhere near as crowded as Santa Monica or even Redondo, parking is a little steep at $12, try to find parking on the street, just watch out not to park too far up the hill, they do enforce parking rules and write tickets.

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  • 77
    2.28 mi

    Bergamot Station

    2.28 mi from Santa Monica State Beach
    10 reviews

    Features many artists, galleries and suppliers in one area. I enjoy taking my daughter there for inspiration. It is free.

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  • 78
    3.18 mi


    3.18 mi from Santa Monica State Beach
    12 reviews

    Nice venue, great location in Brentwood. Good food and good drinks. Plenty of TV's for all the sports going on and great music.

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  • 79
    4.67 mi


    4.67 mi from Santa Monica State Beach
    12 reviews

    Westwood has a nice variety of restaurants and a fair share of stores. It has definitely struggled over the past few years and businesses have come and gone, but you can get everything you need here. There are also theaters where film premieres are periodically held and of course UCLA is just a short walk north.

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  • 80
    2.98 mi

    Temescal Canyon Trail

    2.98 mi from Santa Monica State Beach
    8 reviews

    #BeWell Hands down our favorite hike in town. Breathtaking views of the entire city on a clear day, and no dog pee. Also, there aren't as many people on cell phones and/or gossiping loudly as in Runyon.

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