California Beaches


Santa Monica, CA Travel, Photos Information and News

Santa Monica is L.A.'s favorite beach destination. Tourists who fly into Los Angeles International Airport try to book hotel rooms in Santa Monica because they've heard so much about it.

Lifeguard services at Santa Monica State Beach are provided by the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Towers 2-16 are located north of the Pier; towers 17 - 29 are located south of the Pier.

From the pier amusement that includes an historic carousel and a solar powered Ferris wheel, to the beach filled with sunbathers, it's just a stroll across the road to shopping and dining at Third Street Promenade, the outdoor plaza where you'll find street artists, fountains, outdoor kiosks and often see a celebrity trying to be in cognito.

Annenberg Community Beach House

415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 l 310-458-4904
A public facility on the beach offering the beach club experience to all, no membership required. Low or no-cost fitness classes, recreation programs and cultural events are offered year-round.
Annenberg Community Beach House
A great day at the beach is yours for the making at the Beach House.

Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier, Suite A, Santa Monica, CA 90401 l 310-458-8901
The Santa Monica Pier is a world-famous destination for fun. Enjoy the views from Pacific Park's ferris wheel (it's solar-powered!). Check out Heal the Bay's Aquarium. Take a ride on the historic 1922 carousel. Grab something to eat at one of the many restaurants and food stands.
Beach Parks
Beach Park 1
Ocean Park at Barnard Way (4.6 acres)

picnic tables
children's playground
beach parking (fee)
2 beach restroom buildings
Perry's Cafe

Crescent Bay Park
2000 Ocean Avenue (2.3 acres)

Historic pergola at lower level
Grassy areas with benches
Gazebo at upper level

Ocean View Park
Barnard Way & Ashland (5.7 acres)

2 junior paddle tennis courts
1 basketball court with lights
6 tennis courts (no lights)

South Beach Park
Barnard Way (1.8 acres)

Picnic tables
Children's playground

Muscle Beach

Ocean Front Walk, south of Santa Monica Pier
During the 1930s, 40s and 50s, acrobats, muscle men and bathing beauties at the original Muscle Beach located just south of the Santa Monica Pier drew huge crowds. Athletic equipment like rings, parallel bars, balance bars & more available at no charge.

Chess Park

Ocean Front Walk at seaside Terrace (.29 acres)

14 large tables with (4) chess boards per table
10 small tables with (1) chess board per table
1 large chess board