Nothing beats simply sticking your feet in the fine sand, sitting in the sun and observing the ocean swell, or watching your kids frolic. The simple pleasures. Santa Monica Beach is perfect for that, as well as any of the following fun, athletic activities. Any equipment needs are available for rent. Easily turn the hour at the beach into a day.
Annenberg Community Beach House: This restored landmark will serve as a visitor's center with cultural and interpretive programming year-round. The Beach House features an upgraded beach cafe, new concession stands as well as beach recreation equipment rentals such as umbrellas and beach chairs. The public pool facility is entirely restored with a pool deck for lounging and an enclosed picnic area that features a special water playground for kids and a two-story pool house with lockers. Now Open!
Biking: The South Bay Bicycle Trail runs along the Santa Monica State Beach. The Trail stretches 22 miles (35 km) – north towards Malibu and south to Torrance – and is the longest beach path of its kind in the world. Sample an array of Southern California beaches on any non-motorized wheeled conveyance.
Fishing: No fishing license is required, and rods and bait are available for rent at the ocean end of the Pier. Many serious fisherman stake out favorite spots, but amateurs are welcome to drop a line.
Sunbathing: Stretching for 3.5 miles, Santa Monica Beach is the perfect location for soaking up the California sun. Experience real VIP treatment with your very own Beach Butler who will set up your beach chair, table and umbrella and assist you with beverages and more!
Surfing: Permitted year-round depending on the level of beach activity. During the summer, surfing is allowed only between lifeguard towers 18 and 20 (Pico Blvd. and Bay St.), and between 28 and 29(Ashland Ave. and Pier St.). Always check with lifeguards before surfing.
Swimming: Santa Monica’s mild surf makes it a prime beach for swimming, bodysurfing or boogie boarding. (Rental equipment available.)
Volleyball: Sandy beach volleyball courts south of the Pier are always available to the public and free of charge. Join pickup games or grab a place on the bleacher-style seating to watch others play – Olympic competitors have trained on these courts. Additional beach courts run along Ocean Front Walk and the bicycle path in both directions from the Pier.