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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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The Best of LA Tour: Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Griffith Park +More
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The Best of LA Tour: Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Griffith Park +More
$99.00 per adult
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Enjoyable and fun to see...
Enjoyable and fun to see how movies and TV shows are made. Loved seeing the sets and how they are created.
Mindi_K, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Los Angeles

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Enjoyable and fun to see...
Mindi_K, Aug 2022
The Best of LA Tour: Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Griffith Park +More
Enjoyable and fun to see how movies and TV shows are made. Loved seeing the sets and how they are created.
star-4
Cinematic and celebrity info!
Jocelyn_B, Aug 2022
The Best of LA Tour: Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Griffith Park +More
There was plenty of time at each sight to explore and take pictures. It was a nice introduction to the city. John, our tour guide, had a ton of information on celebrities and where they lived, where they ate, facts about movies filming/filmed, etc. so if you’re looking for celebrity and cinematic info, he’s your guy. There wasn’t as much historical information as I would have liked. But still informative and helped me familiarize myself with the city.
star-5
Lenny; the best tour guide!
ElviraLuisa_E, Jul 2022
The Best of LA Tour: Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Griffith Park +More
Thank you Lenny for such an amazing experience! I'm writing this review a couple days later but the trip was definitely memorable. Lenny especially made it more memorable since he showed us extra places that weren't part of the tour, so thank you for that! Y'all are not going to regret booking this tour
star-5
LA destinations with celebrity service.
Steve_F, Jul 2022
Private Full-Day Hollywood and Santa Monica Tour with Pickup
Ad was very professional and knowledgeable..AB was very attending to our destinations. Highly recommend him. The memories are worth every penny.
star-5
Awesome LA Tour!
Andree_C, Jul 2022
The Best of LA Tour: Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Griffith Park +More
Wonderful sites, excellent tour guide, Lenny! Highly recommend this tour. Comfortable bus! Loved Lenny’s bonuses, seeing extra sites.
star-5
Great experience
Danielle_V, Jun 2022
Small Group Electric Bicycle Tour of Santa Monica and Venice Beach
Great experience! Barb was great! knowledgeable, witty tour guide awesome storytelling. I would recommend this electronic bike tour to everyone.
star-5
Rolling right on the beach!!!
Cheri_E, May 2022
Private Electric Bike Tour of Santa Monica and Venice Beaches
The tour guide, Barbara ,was amazing! Very knowledgeable, patient, funny. Riding the bikes for easy and if you the long beach were wonderful.
star-5
Our First Time Visit
Chris_W, May 2022
5-Hour Limo Tour of Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica Venice and Malibu!
Our tour with Mike was absolutely amazing. He was excellent to detail and very entertaining. We were all very pleased. We got a chance to see many areas in Los Angeles and were able to get out at several places to take pictures and shop for souvenirs. My parents also had a wonderful time esp in Malibu. If any of our friends ask, we will definitely recommend Mike (Hollywood).😊
star-5
Educational
Kimberly_A, May 2022
Los Angeles All Day Tour, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica
Tourist should be informed before attending the tour thart their vaccination cards are needed to enter to Griffeth Observatory.
star-5
Wonderful family vacation!
Alexandra_E, Jul 2022
The Best of LA Tour: Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Griffith Park +More
The entire trip was worth it! We got to relax in the bus while our wonderful host John filled us with a vast knowledge of LA. We loved all the sightseeing with our whole family.
star-5
Awesome bike tour!
Laureen_J, May 2022
Private Electric Bike Tour of Santa Monica and Venice Beaches
We had a great experience all around with Barb. She was very personable, knowledgeable, and fun-loving. We made many stops where she educated the family about the history of Santa Monica and Venice Beach. I highly recommend Barb at Pedal or Not Electric Bike Tours. She made our trip to California memorable. Thank you!
star-5
Fun tour
George_N, May 2022
Small Group Electric Bicycle Tour of Santa Monica and Venice Beach
We enjoyed Barb's friendly tour and her stories along the way. It was a casual, fun morning. Would recommend to others.
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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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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Santa Monica Beach and Pier?
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Attractions near Santa Monica Beach and Pier:
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