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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
Best way to see and learn about Santa Monica & Venice!
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.
Melinda, Jun 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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Perfection
Dawn_S, Jun 2021
Private Full Day Tour of LA: Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Venice
Our tour could not have been anymore perfect. Glenn was a wonderful guide who made the tour even better. If you are trying to decide what you should do in Los Angeles, make sure you book this tour. If it had the option to give 10 stars, we would certainly do so. Hands down the best tour available in Los Angeles.
star-5
Great experience
Alycia_B, Apr 2021
Small Group Electric Bicycle Tour of Santa Monica and Venice Beach
Loved how our guide was very informative and showed us a great time. Would definitely recommend again.
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E-ride was a blast
Debbie_R, Feb 2021
Small Group Electric Bicycle Tour of Santa Monica and Venice Beach
We loved the sights and riding with Barb. I got to see aspects of the city that I didn’t know existed. The electric bikes were great, too. Barb took us thru crowds and streets safely.
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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Amazing Tour of L.A.
Christine_B, May 2021
Private Full Day Tour of LA: Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Venice
We had a great time with our tour of L.A.! We opted for a private tour since we didn’t want to be in a car with unvaccinated people. Our tour guide was Glenn, very professional, nice, knowledgeable, respectful and very flexible with the changes on the sights that we wanted to see. He arrived on time for our hotel pick up, and was very prompt with responses to my questions via text/email. He showed us all the popular sights of L.A., and even more, since we had to edit the itinerary since we went to the other landmarks already. He even went above and beyond to drive us to pick up dinner after the tour. We loved seeing all the highlights of L.A., the amazing tour guide and the flexibility he showed in making changes to our itinerary. I highly recommend this tour to everyone!
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No need to make plans. Just relax and call Glenn. Experience the best parts of the cities stress free
Tara_L, Apr 2021
Private Full Day Tour of LA: Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Venice
Glenn was very professional, kind, well dressed, and very knowledgeable on all the stops on the tour. He drove a new Tesla and nearly the entire roof of the car was windows which made it not only to see the sights as we drove, we also took some great pics out the back window. He got us really close to the Hollywood sign and even took pics for us. He also cold drinks and snacks for us. It was a private tour just my husband and I. The day after the tour Glenn sat up chairs, umbrella, towels, sunscreen, and again a cooler with drinks and snacks. We had a awesome tour and a relaxing day on the beach “problem free” because of Glenn.
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Tour like a local!
DanaG1657, Oct 2019
Private Electric Bike Tour of Santa Monica and Venice Beaches
Barb was an amazing host and tour guide--she really knows how to give an insiders tour! We brought our teen and she entertained and educated all of us about the great areas of Santa Monica and Venice. Highly recommended!
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California beaches
Romilda2014, Sep 2019
Private Coastal Tour of Santa Monica, Venice Beach and Malibu
This was an awesome tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the areas and sights we saw. We took a lot of pictures and we truly enjoyed everything included in this tour.
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LA stopover
846howardb, Aug 2019
Private Customized Layover Tour of Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica
Jenny picked up our party of 3 from outside the arrivals terminal. Drove us all over LA to all the high spots. Provided interesting commentary. Answered all our questions. Then drove us back to our departure terminal. Highly recommend to other travellers looking for something to fill in their long stop over at LAX

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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