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Things to do in Santa Monica State Beach

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Entertainment
“Take a walk on the beach, ride the Ferris wheel, or try your hand at carnival style games. ”
  • 1029 locals recommend
Shopping Plaza
“Outdoor shopping scene. It has everything. A nice walk, crowded on the weekends.”
  • 765 locals recommend
Lounge
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“It's a nice spot to chill and meet people. It get very busy on weekend nights. But you can go anytime they're open and still meet people”
  • 245 locals recommend
Café
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“Nice spot to get some dessert or coffee. Their mac and cheese is also good. It gets very busy”
  • 156 locals recommend
Recreation Center
“Santa Monica is a must go if you’re visiting Los Angeles. It is minutes away from all of the other surrounding beaches such as Venice and Malibu. Take a walk on the pier or rent beach cruisers and go for a ride. You can also hop over to the third street promenade and enjoy all of the street art, shops, restaurants and so much more. ”
  • 64 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Wait times can be long. So head down to the area early and put your name down. There is limited outdoor seating but it’s good for people watching. Be wary of their upstairs seating as some of the two tops are crammed into a corner. ”
  • 95 locals recommend
Farmers Market
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“Beautiful, fresh local produce, meats, and flowers. There is also fun live music many weeks. In Heritage Square, 2640 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405, 8:30 am - 1:30 pm. ”
  • 111 locals recommend
Pool
“Heated pool right on Santa Monica Beach that is only $10! Get there early to park and get tickets (around 8am), then grab breakfast at the beach cafe until the pool opens. Great little playground next to the cafe as well”
  • 78 locals recommend
Café
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“Literally everything here is a winner. Nothing is bad. Nothing. The cafe touts fresh, local, and casual. ”
  • 77 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
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“Super popular for their sandwiches and deli! Gets crowded. Great for grabbing and taking to the beach. Closed Mondays.”
  • 88 locals recommend
Park
“The ocean views are spectacular from the bluffs during a leisurely walk along the path”
  • 63 locals recommend
Beach
“Take a walk along the shore in Santa Monica any time of year. If it's chilly, bring a blanket and a thermos of something steamy to sip as you sit in the sand and enjoy the calming cleansing energy of the ocean.”
  • 58 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Sundays on Main Street in Santa Monica are always fun. There's a farmers market, lots of restaurants and shops, dog rescues holding pop up adoptions, and it's a close walk to the beach!”
  • 74 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
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“Some of the best sushi in Los Angeles. They don't take reservations but they're only 1 block away. Stop by 1-2 hours in advance to put your name down.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Great place for shopping, eating, and movies! Very close to the Santa Monica Pier which is a fun place to take kids, also close to Tongva Park- another kid pleaser. You'll find super high-end shops in Santa Monica Place and less expensive shops just across the street in the equally wonderful Third Street Promenade.”
  • 64 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Lounge
“It's a nice spot to chill and meet people. It get very busy on weekend nights. But you can go anytime they're open and still meet people”
  • 245 locals recommend
Café
“Nice spot to get some dessert or coffee. Their mac and cheese is also good. It gets very busy”
  • 156 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Wait times can be long. So head down to the area early and put your name down. There is limited outdoor seating but it’s good for people watching. Be wary of their upstairs seating as some of the two tops are crammed into a corner. ”
  • 95 locals recommend
Café
“Literally everything here is a winner. Nothing is bad. Nothing. The cafe touts fresh, local, and casual. ”
  • 77 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
“Super popular for their sandwiches and deli! Gets crowded. Great for grabbing and taking to the beach. Closed Mondays.”
  • 88 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
“Some of the best sushi in Los Angeles. They don't take reservations but they're only 1 block away. Stop by 1-2 hours in advance to put your name down.”
  • 43 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“It is atop the Huntley Hotel and has a great view during the day! Great food and craft cocktails and a good DJ on weekend nights!”
  • 53 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Fantastic dinner spot - but also has a great take-out breakfast too.. try the homemade english muffins!”
  • 58 locals recommend

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