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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

Traveler Favorite

Small Group Electric Bicycle Tour of Santa Monica and Venice Beach
$79.00 per adult
Great ride on the Santa Monica et Venice Beach bike path!
Fun experience! I would definitively recommend it to everyone! The weather was perfect, the bikes were great and the guides very nice!
Stephanie_T, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Los Angeles

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Amazing experience
Magda_K, May 2021
Private Full Day Tour of LA: Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Venice
The best experience. Private tour. Lots of fun info. Cool places Highly recommend Glen. Vehicle we were in new & clean. Glen even had snacks and drinks for us.
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It was great
Rogelio_V, Jul 2021
Private Full Day Tour of LA: Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Venice
It was a good way to quickly visit places And then figure where you want to visit Our driver was pleasant and knowledgeable
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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!
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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.
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Great tour
Tiffany_G, Jul 2021
Private Full Day Tour of LA: Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Venice
Having a tour customized without all the stops, crowds and long wait times is a plus. This tour is a must do and takes away the lines and crowds you will have with the other tours.
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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
Great experience
SeRina_B, Jul 2021
Private Full Day Tour of LA: Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Venice
Glen was great! He was on time, accommodating and gave us history on the areas that we visited. His music playlist was awesome as well.
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.
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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-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.
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Wonderful Experience - Well Worth the Money
Inge_F, Jul 2021
Private Full Day Tour of LA: Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Venice
Glenn was an exceptionally good tour guide. We toured all the most popular sites in LA and he tailored our tour to focus on what most interested us. I could not think of a better first day in LA! It’s allowed us to plan the remainder of our trip by returning to the locations we visited and enjoyed the most. I would highly recommend to anyone visiting LA for the first time. It was well worth the money.
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Best way to see and learn about Santa Monica & Venice!
Melinda, Jun 2021
Small Group Electric Bicycle Tour of Santa Monica and Venice Beach
We loved every moment of our bike tour. Our tour guide Barb made it very enjoyable and was extremly knowledgeable about the area including the history. Will for sure go back.

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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