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Holidays in Santa Monica Beach
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Santa Monica Beach featuring general coastal views, a sandy beach and a sunset

Located just west of downtown Los Angeles, this iconic southern California beach is a haven for swimmers, surfers, beachcombers and fitness enthusiasts. 

Get the iconic southern California sun-and-surf experience at Santa Monica Beach. Discover a sandy stretch of oceanfront delights close to one of the nation’s biggest cities.

At 3.5 miles (5.6 kilometers) long, Santa Monica Beach is one of the area’s largest beaches. Stroll down its length and claim a portion of its soft sand. Swim in the clear Pacific Ocean or take advantage of the prime surfing conditions.

Explore the iconic Santa Monica Pier, located in the center of the beach and hosting an amusement park, aquarium and a variety of restaurants. Play arcade games in Pacific Park or enjoy the view from atop the Ferris wheel. Take a spin on the historic carousel and learn about the ocean around you in the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. Try fishing at the end of the pier.

South of the pier the beach joins the city, which contributes to its bustling atmosphere. Check out the original Muscle Beach, popularly known as the birthplace of America’s fitness boom in the 20th century. Gymnastics equipment is still abundant on the beach. Observe or participate in a chess game in the International Chess Park. Sample the restaurants and browse the shops lining the beach.

North of the pier, Santa Monica Beach meets the soaring palisades. The ocean bluff, coupled with the bordering Pacific Coast Highway, give this section of the beach a more remote atmosphere. Spread out your beach towel and soak up the sun or start a friendly game of beach volleyball.

Santa Monica Beach is accessible by public transportation via light rail or bus. Alternatively, drive here and park in one of the more than eight main parking lots located along the length of the beach. On-street parking is also available.

Head just 16 miles (25 kilometers) west of downtown Los Angeles to take advantage of southern California’s famous weather. Visit Santa Monica Beach throughout the year. Although the weather gets chillier in winter, temperatures never dip below freezing. In summer, the days are long and warm. Come prepared with sunglasses and sandals to enjoy the sand in any season.

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5491 Cheap Hotels Near Santa Monica Beach

The Huntley Hotel
The Huntley Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1111 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA
The price is AU$434 per night from 14 Jun. to 14 Jun.
This family-friendly Santa Monica hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Santa Monica Beach and Santa Monica Pier. Venice Beach and Abbot Kinney ...
4.4/5Excellent! (967 reviews)
"What a beautiful quaint place!!! We loved it. Super clean. Very accommodating. You have to check out The restaurant upstairs."

Reviewed on 11 Jun. 2021

The Huntley Hotel
Fairmont Miramar Hotel
Fairmont Miramar Hotel
5 out of 5
101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA
The price is AU$637 per night from 14 Jun. to 14 Jun.
Located in North of Wilshire, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within a 10-minute walk of Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place. ...
4.2/5Excellent! (984 reviews)
"The only reason I’m I’m"

Reviewed on 7 Jun. 2021

Fairmont Miramar Hotel
Shore Hotel
Shore Hotel
4 out of 5
1515 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
The price is AU$540 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Located in Downtown Santa Monica, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Santa Monica Pier and Santa Monica Beach. Venice Beach and Venice Beach Boardwalk ...
4.3/5Excellent! (958 reviews)
"Perfect location with lots of restaurants to choose when you’re tired of walking around the beach."

Reviewed on 11 Jun. 2021

Shore Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Top Santa Monica Beach Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Hotel Carmel
Hotel Carmel
3 out of 5
201 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA
The price is AU$345 per night from 14 Jun. to 14 Jun.
Hotel Carmel
The Huntley Hotel
The Huntley Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1111 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA
The price is AU$434 per night from 14 Jun. to 14 Jun.
The Huntley Hotel
Fairmont Miramar Hotel
Fairmont Miramar Hotel
5 out of 5
101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA
The price is AU$637 per night from 14 Jun. to 14 Jun.
Fairmont Miramar Hotel
Shore Hotel
Shore Hotel
4 out of 5
1515 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
The price is AU$540 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Shore Hotel
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
5 out of 5
1700 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA
The price is AU$742 per night from 14 Jun. to 14 Jun.
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Ocean View Hotel
Ocean View Hotel
3 out of 5
1447 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA
The price is AU$372 per night from 29 Jun. to 29 Jun.
Ocean View Hotel
Hotel Shangri La Santa Monica
Hotel Shangri La Santa Monica
4 out of 5
1301 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA
The price is AU$521 per night from 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
Hotel Shangri La Santa Monica
Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suites
Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suites
3.5 out of 5
1707 4th St, Santa Monica, CA
The price is AU$406 per night from 14 Jun. to 14 Jun.
Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suites
Georgian Hotel
Georgian Hotel
4 out of 5
1415 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA
The price is AU$406 per night from 14 Jun. to 14 Jun.
Georgian Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.