Welcome to: Santa Monica Beach
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Ocean Ave. and Colorado Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Hours: The beach is closed from midnight to 5 a.m.; the pier is open 24 hours a day.

Parking: Parking lot located north of the pier at 1550 PCH; $6 on weekdays and $7 on weekends; another lot on pier for $5 weekdays and $7 weekends. There are also parking meters north and south of the pier on Ocean Avenue.

Phone: (310) 458-8900 for Santa Monica Pier info line; (310) 394-3266 for beach information.

Beach Information
Special Comments: Santa Monica State Beach is one of the widest and most popular beaches in the Los Angeles area with everything from an amusement park on the pier to volleyball. The bike path goes for miles directly underneath the Santa Monica Pier north and south. This beach promises to keep the entire family entertained. On the pier, the Pacific Park amusement center offers a nine-story Ferris wheel that provides a bird's-eye view of the city and coastline. There is also a 1920s vintage carousel, plus skeeball, air hockey, pinball, video games and more. A bait and tackle shop on the pier serves fishing fans. South of the pier is the newly renovated Chess Park and the original Muscle Beach. Here you can either play a game of chess or work on your tan while swinging on the rings, climbing the rope, or doing pull-ups. There is also a smaller muscle beach for kids. There are free live concerts Thursday nights during the summer months; call (310) 458-8900 for details. Find out more about Santa Monica.

Food/dining: Restaurants, snack bars and fast food are available on the pier and on nearby walk streets.
Restrooms: There are clean new restrooms located by Muscle Beach and on the pier.

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