2024 Readers’ Choice Award Names Santa Monica #6 Best Beach

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (May 29, 2024) – Santa Monica Travel & Tourism is pleased to announce that Santa Monica State Beach has been honored with a 2024 Readers’ Choice Award for Best Beach in California by USA TODAY 10Best.

Santa Monica State Beach placed sixth on the list of top ten beaches in California, nominated by a panel of subject matter experts and USA TODAY 10Best editors before being voted on by the public.

“With more than 400 beaches in California, it’s a true honor to be recognized amongst the ten best beaches in the Golden State. Even more special is that USA TODAY readers made the final selections. Congratulations to all of the CA beaches that made this impressive list,” said Misti Kerns, President/CEO of Santa Monica Travel & Tourism. “Santa Monica State Beach is truly the treasure of our destination, and it is a privilege to welcome visitors and locals to take in the most beautiful sunsets, enjoy a dip in the Pacific and make lifelong memories on our shores.”

Santa Monica State Beach is an iconic example of Southern California’s famed beachfront lifestyle. With 3.5 miles of soft, sandy shores, Santa Monica State Beach is home to the world-famous Santa Monica Pier, friendly gathering spots like the Annenberg Community Beach House and the birthplace of the beloved sport of beach volleyball. Santa Monica’s nearly 300 days of sunshine each year make it the perfect beach destination for a coastal bike ride along the 22-mile Marvin Braude Bike Trail or a surf lesson in the Pacific with Aqua Surf School, all within walking distance to the city’s world-class hotel properties, restaurants and attractions.

USA TODAY 10Best travel experts carefully selected 20 exceptional nominees before inviting the public to cast their vote for the Best Beach in California as part of the publication’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards recognizing the best destinations, accommodations, attractions, culinary experiences and more.


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