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Santa Monica Beach and Pier
Santa Monica Beach and Pier

Santa Monica Beach and Pier

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200 Santa Monica Pier, 90401

The Basics

Visit Santa Monica Beach on a hop-on hop-off bus tour and stroll to the end of the pier to see the sweeping arc of Santa Monica Bay, from Malibu to Palos Verdes. Dig your toes in the sand and watch the crowds go by, or get active with activities such as surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, swimming, and beach volleyball. For a bit more mobility, rent an electric bike or join a beach Segway tour. Families can enjoy a multitude of kid-friendly restaurants and shops, pet sea stars and sea urchins at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, or purchase tickets to Pacific Park to take a ride on the ferris wheel. Santa Monica is also a stone’s throw from downtown Los Angeles; visit on a full-day bike or coach tour of the LA area to see highlights such as Hollywood Boulevard and Beverly Hills.

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Small Group Electric Bicycle Tour of Santa Monica and Venice Beach
Small Group Electric Bicycle Tour of Santa Monica and Venice Beach
US$79,00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
A great morning beach ride!
We had a great morning ride with Barbara along the Santa Monica and Venice beach boardwalk and along the canals in Venice!! She had lots of great tidbits to share about celebrity homes along the way!
jenniferdilloN, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Los Angeles

star-5
Fun bike tour
Tammy_J, Aug 2021
Small Group Electric Bicycle Tour of Santa Monica and Venice Beach
Barb was a great tour guide. We had perfect weather for riding our bikes. The electric bikes were a plus for me. I would pedal on my own sometimes and when I got tired.....used the benefit of the electric bike. It was so relaxing to bike along the beaches. Barb also took some great photos of our group and emailed them to me. Thank you for a fun tour!
star-5
Great ride on the Santa Monica et Venice Beach bike path!
Stephanie_T, Jul 2021
Small Group Electric Bicycle Tour of Santa Monica and Venice Beach
Fun experience! I would definitively recommend it to everyone! The weather was perfect, the bikes were great and the guides very nice!
star-5
A delightful ride!!
MPB, Jul 2021
Santa Monica & Venice Bike Tour
This was a delightful adventure. Our tour guide from the “Real LA” was informative and engaging. He kept the pace appropriate for the various ages. Seeing different parts of the beach and the canals was the perfect combo. This tour was excellent!
star-5
Excellent tour and customer service!
Cliff_W, Nov 2020
Private 3-Day Los Angeles Tour: Downtown LA, Hollywood and Santa Monica
I was able to see a lot of Los Angeles. the guide went above and beyond to make this a great tour. I felt taken care and it was an excellent tour.
star-5
Sunny Santa Monica Bike Tour
JP_M, Oct 2020
Private Electric Bike Tour of Santa Monica and Venice Beaches
Barbara was a great guide who provided an interesting and entertaining tour. She seems to be a staple of the area with passerby waving and greeting her by name.
star-5
Small Group Electric Bicycle Tour was Fantastic
Lorraine_T, Jul 2021
Small Group Electric Bicycle Tour of Santa Monica and Venice Beach
We really enjoyed this tour and it was our favorite outing while we were in Los Angeles. The guides were knowledgeable, made sure we were safe, and everything went very smooth. I would highly recommend it.
star-4
Bikes are fun to ride
jillyogger, Feb 2020
Santa Monica to Marina Del Rey e-Bike Beach Tour
The ride was enjoyable- however, the owner-leader was quite aggressive and pushy. The support co-leader was professional and kind.
star-5
Tour like a local!
DanaG1657, Oct 2019
Private Electric Bike Tour of Santa Monica and Venice Beaches
Barb was an amazing host and tour guide--she really knows how to give an insiders tour! We brought our teen and she entertained and educated all of us about the great areas of Santa Monica and Venice. Highly recommended!
star-5
California beaches
Romilda2014, Sep 2019
Private Coastal Tour of Santa Monica, Venice Beach and Malibu
This was an awesome tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the areas and sights we saw. We took a lot of pictures and we truly enjoyed everything included in this tour.
star-5
Scenic and different
Skyi_B, Jun 2021
Small Group Electric Bicycle Tour of Santa Monica and Venice Beach
Great guides and nice tour. Weather was great and I truly enjoyed it. The tour guide was very knowledgeable.
star-5
LA stopover
846howardb, Aug 2019
Private Customized Layover Tour of Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica
Jenny picked up our party of 3 from outside the arrivals terminal. Drove us all over LA to all the high spots. Provided interesting commentary. Answered all our questions. Then drove us back to our departure terminal. Highly recommend to other travellers looking for something to fill in their long stop over at LAX
star-5
Perfect day with Jenny
gemmawoolley, Aug 2019
Private Customized Layover Tour of Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica
Thanks for a phenomenal whistle stop tour. We learnt lots and Jenny was the best! Totally adaptable, really convenient airport pick up and drop off.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Don’t forget sunscreen, a hat, and water if you plan to spend a long day in the sun.

  • Smoking is prohibited at the beach.

  • Leashed pets are welcome.

  • Handicap parking is available on the pier. To access the water’s edge, wheelchair users can rent sand wheelchairs from Perry’s Cafe and Beach Rentals.

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How to Get There

Santa Monica is 17 miles (27 kilometers) west of downtown Los Angeles. Parking is plentiful, especially on Main Street, 2nd Street, and 4th Street between Broadway and Wilshire Boulevard. Public transportation via buses is also readily available.

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Trip ideas

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When to Get There

Santa Monica Beach and Pier are open year-round. The weather is mild throughout the year, but summer’s balmy temperatures and sunny skies bring crowds of vacationers. Visit outside of summer for lower prices and more availability.

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Pacific Park and the Pacific Wheel

Located on the world-famous Santa Monica Pier, Pacific Park is an amusement park packed with rides, games, food, and shopping. The iconic Pacific Wheel has appeared in more than 500 movies, television shows, music videos, commercials, and magazine editorials. Come nightfall, the wheel is illuminated by more than 174,000 LED lights that display dynamic, computer-generated light shows.

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