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Santa Monica Beach

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Address: Ocean Ave at Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone Number: 310-394-3264
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This popular beach is a favorite among television and movie producers.

This popular beach is a favorite among television and movie producers.

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Good place for sunbathing during Sept.

I enjoyed walk around the streets and sunbathing for 3 hours there. Cozy breeze and gorgeous skyline!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Brisbane, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

Not quite like the movies. There are loads of rubbish bins which don't look too good. Even with the bins, there was rubbish everywhere. Many homeless people sleeping on the beach during the day. Not a pleasant experience.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I enjoyed walk around the streets and sunbathing for 3 hours there. Cozy breeze and gorgeous skyline!

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india
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The beach is next to the pier. Waves are good and water is clean. The surrounding is really clean and you can spend entire day there soaking in sun. It's picturesque and symbolizes California's beach life.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a magical place. It's busy and thriving. The pier is so atmospheric and exciting. And you can walk from Santa Monica to Venice Beach in about 15 minutes. Great place.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Just go to Santa Monica. The place is gorgeous (people included), restaurants are pretty good and the sun... The sun just looks amazing from down there.

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Glasgow
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Santa Monica feels like that classic California we expect from all the movies. The beach is pretty good, but the area is really fun. Highly recommend hiring a bike and cruising along the beach front to Vince Beach and back.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great sunsets from the beach. Not crowded at all and the weather was still quite warm. A wonderful experience.

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The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I spent so much time at the beach when I was in Santa Monica because it was just perfect. Very clean, wide and great waves

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Fell in love with that place. The Ocean has never been so beautiful before!!! Live ut from the first sight!!!!

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Hockley, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The beach is beautiful. Everything was clean and bathrooms and foot wash areas are available. Great place for walking, exercising, or relaxing.

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Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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