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Santa Monica State Beach, Santa Monica

February 9, 2012 by staff 

Santa Monica State Beach, Santa Monica, Santa Monica State Beach is a California State Park operated by the city of Santa Monica. The beach is located along Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica. It is two miles long and has a picnic area, shops, and pier, as well as manned lifeguard stations, casual eateries, equipment rental spots, public fitness and activity facilities, a bike trail, and wooden pathways for warm days and beachgoers with disabilities. Visitor activities include volleyball, basketball, and a running (on a strip along the beach).

Sunset at Santa Monica Beach

Palms on the beach
At the foot of Colorado Avenue, through the famous arch and sign, lies the historic Santa Monica Pier, which dates from 1909. The pier has a National Historic Landmark — the 1922 Looff Hippodrome Carousel.

Muscle Beach lies immediately south of the volleyball courts and contains athletic apparatus. Recently restored and refurbished, the area features chinning bars at various heights, parallel bars, rings, small jungle gyms for children and a padded-safe gymnastics area.

A few steps south of the Pier volleyball courts is the International Chess Park. The public chess tables-and a human-scale chessboard set into the sidewalk-draw a wide assortment of players.

Palisades Park is located atop Santa Monica’s famed sandstone cliffs, providing a vantage point to see the sweep of Santa Monica Beach and the Pacific Ocean.

Arlington West
The beach is the one Baywatch was filmed at and also the beach the album art for Umbrella Beach by Owl City features.

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