Santa Monica State Beach

Santa Monica State Beach is a California State Park featuring a boardwalk, wide sandy beaches, and Pacific Park, the historic amusement park on the iconic Santa Monica Pier.

“The beach near Main + Ashland in Santa Monica: Parking is easy and the beach usually isn’t too crowded and there’s a ton of food and shopping very close by. It’s the most all-in-one beach situation you can get while staying in a single parking spot.”  —  Baths

photo by: Marina Williams