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Santa Monica State Beach
Location Los Angeles County, California
Nearest city Santa Monica
Coordinates 34°0′54″N 118°30′6″W / 34.015°N 118.50167°W / 34.015; -118.50167Coordinates: 34°0′54″N 118°30′6″W / 34.015°N 118.50167°W / 34.015; -118.50167
Governing body California Department of Parks and Recreation

Santa Monica State Beach is a California State Park operated by the city of Santa Monica.[1]


Santa Monica Beach

The beach is located along Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica. It is two miles long, has a picnic area, shops, and pier,[1] as well as manned lifeguard stations, casual eateries, equipment rental spots, public fitness and activity facilities, a bike trail, wooden pathways for beachgoers with disabilities and warm days.[2] Visitor activities include volleyball, basketball, and a running (on a strip along the beach).[1]

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.[2]

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.[2]

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.[2]

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.[3]

Arlington West

"Ink Well"

A section of the beach was referred to as "Ink Well" and "Negro Beach" in the early 20th century when it was one of the few areas in California where African Americans were allowed to enjoy beach access in a largely segregated society. Other areas for blacks were Bruce's Beach in Manhattan Beach and the Pacific Beach Club in Orange County. Nick Gabaldon, one of the first black surfers in California, lived in Santa Monica, and used the 200 foot roped off stretch of beach demarcated for blacks. He died after crashing into the Malibu Pier.

Arlington West

Arlington West is a temporary memorial is created on Santa Monica Beach just north of the Santa Monica Pier at Santa Monica, every Sunday from sunrise to sunset. Crosses are placed on the beach for each U.S. military person who has died in the Iraq War. The number of crosses erected every Sunday now exceeds 4,000. For military personnel killed within the week past, flag draped coffins with blue crosses are positioned in front. The Arlington West Memorial, a project of Veterans For Peace, is intended to offer visitors a graceful, visually and emotionally powerful, place for reflection.[4]

See also

Gallery of Santa Monica Beach images


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