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Caution: Before setting out, always check with lifeguards that conditions are safe for your planned activities.

Annenberg Community
Beach House

The Annenberg Community Beach House located at the north end of Santa Monica Beach is a public facility which offers a variety of classes, activities, and cultural programs. The schedule of activities changes through the seasons. You can keep track of what is available through their website. Annenberg Community Beach House

The Annenberg Community Beach House provides spectacular views, splash pad, a children's play area, a gallery, and an historic pool. The Marion Davies Guest House is open for free tours. Outside are sand courts for soccer, tennis, and volleyball. In the summer there are Monday Fun Day activities, a Rec Room with ping pong and board games, and summer classes. Most facilities are free. There is a fee for parking and for the swimming pool.

Beach House Rentals

  • Beach Canopies
  • Stand-up Paddleboards
  • Soccer balls
  • Volleyballs
  • Sand chairs
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Boogies boards
  • Beach tennis rackets & balls

Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos
Beach Volleyball Class

Youth classes held at the Annenberg Community Beach House. Learn winning techniques from coaches trained by Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos. Pay by the class or by the session. Adult and youth classes. Youth Volleyball Camp at the Beach House.
Find more information in Santa Monica's community newsletters, SEASCAPE AND RESCAPE Community newsletters.

Make a Splash in the Beach House Pool

After Labor Day the Beach House pool will be open weekends in September from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Admission is $4 for youth under 18, $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 60+. Swim lessons are available
Beach House Pool

Beach House Walking Club

Join in for great exercise walking on the beach for an hour with the Beach House Walking Club. Enjoy soft morning breezes, the rumble of the surf, and the soft feel of the sand underfoot. Learn correct walking techniques, nutrition and hydration, how to calculate your hear rate, and how to set goals for yourself. Tuesdays, beginning in September at 9:00 AM.

Synchronized Swimming with the Aqualillies

For ages 14 and older. Enjoy six 75-minute classes at the Beach House pool. Get in shape, learn sculling, back layouts, ballet legs, and much more. Read all the details in Santa Monica's community newsletters, SEASCAPE AND RESCAPE Comunity newsletters.

Yoga by Santa Monica Yoga

For ages 12 and older. Classical yoga classes at the Beach House. Improve your flexibility, develop your strength and balance, learn proper breathing techniques and guided relaxation. Monday, Wednesday and Friday classes from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM.

Sample of Beach Activities

2017 Summer Schedule of Activities coming soon. For more information on these classes, call (310) 458-4904

For a complete list of activities, see Santa Monica's community newsletters, SEASCAPE AND RESCAPE Community newsletters.

Junior Lifeguards at Santa Monica Beach

The Junior Lifeguards program develops skills in ocean swimming and in dealing with hazards in the ocean. Participants learn about water safety, surf rescue, surf riding, and first aid. The 5-week program is open to youths ages 9 to 17. Participants meet just south Lifeguard Tower 8 at Santa Monica State Beach.

New participants must pass a basic swimming test held in April and May.
LA County Junior Lifeguards

Santa Monica Beach Junior Lifeguards
2017 Program Schedule

Session One: June 19 through July 20, 2017 (mornings only)
Session Two: July 24 through August 18, 2017
Morning Session - 8:30 AM to 11:30
Afternoon Session - 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Rentals at Perry's Cafe Four Locations

The four locations of Perry's Cafe rent a variety of bicycles and other beach items. They offer hourly to all-day rates, and even extended rates for multiple days. Listed here are many of their most popular rental items:

For the Water

  • Surfboards
  • Stand-up Paddleboards
  • Boogie Boards

Relaxing in the Sand

  • Beach chairs
  • Umbrellas

Rentals with Wheels

  • Roller blades
  • Adult Bikes
  • Mountain bikes
  • Adult trikes
  • Kids' bikes
  • Kiddy carts
  • Strollers

If you are looking to be pampered, ask about their unique Butler Service.

Perry's Cafe

Route 66 Sign, Santa Monica State Beach, Los Angeles County, CA

Parks at Santa Monica State Beach

Chess Park

Located just south of the pier, quarter-acre Chess Park features 14 large tables with 4 chess boards per table, 10 smaller tables with individual chess boards, and one large, human-size chess board. The tables are open for public use. Often skilled chess players are found there. Spectators are welcome. Ocean Front Walk passes in front of the park. Restrooms are nearby. The closest parking is in lots 1-south and 2-south.

Muscle Beach

Located just south of the pier and Chess Park, Muscle Beach spreads between the Bike Trail and the parking lots with athletic equipment ranging from rings and parallel bars to balance beams and chinning bars. There is also a jungle gym for children and a padded gymnastic area. All the equipment is free for public use. In the 1930s-1950s Muscle Beach attracted many leading muscle men and bathing beauties of the time. Among them were Jack LaLanne, Mae West, and Kirk Douglas. The closest parking is in lots 1-south and 2-south.

Dorothy Green Park

Located on Ocean Park at Barnard Way, this 4½-acre park has picnic tables, a children's playground, restrooms, and Perry's Cafe.

Crescent Bay Park

Found at 2000 Ocean Avenue (south of the pier), Crescent Bay Park's 2.3 acres are divided between upper and lower sections. The park has a lush grassy area, a gazebo on the bluff overlooking the beach, and the historic pergola at the lower level offering shade.

Ocean View Park

Ocean View Park is at Barnard Way and Ashland, south of the pier. Its 5.7 acres include a pair of junior paddle tennis courts, a basketball court with lights, and 6 tennis courts (no lights). There is also a nice spread of lawn and a grassy hill with a spiral walkway leading to the summit.

Reservations for the tennis courts are available year round on Saturday and Sunday. Weekday reservations available during the summer season only (Memorial Day through Labor Day.) (310) 394-6011

South Beach Park

Found along Barnard Way, South Beach Park has nearly 2 acres and includes picnic tables and a children's playground.

Santa Monica State Beach, Los Angeles County, CA

Marvin Braude Bike Trail

Will Rogers State Beach is the northern terminus of the Marvin Braude Bike Trail, which stretches along the coast 22 miles to Torrance County Beach. The paved path passes Venice Beach, around Marina Del Rey, and on to Dockweiler State Beach, El Porto Beach, Manhattan Beach, and other key places to the south. Along the way there are plenty of restrooms, drinking fountains, food sources, and interesting diversions.

Beach Volleyball

Volleyball courts are located in several places north and south of the Santa Monica Pier. The courts are available for public use, but can be reserved for special events. (310) 458-8300

Surfing Lessons

Santa Monica State Beach is known as a good place to learn to surf. Usually the waves are mild enough that beginners can experience immediate success. With the beach's gradual slope, waves break gently well providing consistently perfect beginner's waves. The beach is also a good place for intermediate surfers to develop their skills.

Surf Lessons with Katie

2-hour long lessons at Santa Monica Beach. Wet suits and surfboards provided. Private or buddy lessons.
Santa Monica Surf Camp for ages 6 - 17. Students learn to surf while making new friends and lasting memories. Week-long sessions offered all summer from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Instructors work with groups of 4.
Surf Lessons with Katie

Surf Academy

Private and semi-private lessons at Tower 24 on Santa Monica Beach. Special Silver Surfers lessons for those 50 and older. Kids' Surf Camps for ages 10-17, also at Santa Monica Beach. Surfboards and wetsuits provided.
Surf Academy

Learn to Surf LA

Lessons for ages 5 through adult and all abilities from beginner to advanced at Santa Monica Beach near Lifeguard Tower 18. Boards and wetsuits are provided. Private and group lessons offered.
Learn to Surf LA

Natural Surf Technique

Learn to surf with professional surfer Frank Caronna. Frank has been teaching surfing for more than 20 years. Private lessons at Santa Monica Beach for ages 6 through adult. Boards and wetsuits provided. Lessons scheduled when tide and waves are at their best. Learn good technique and ocean safety.
Natural Surf Technique

Aqua Surf School, Inc.

Private and group lessons scheduled anytime from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM, every day, year-round. Lessons for anyone age 4 through adult, from beginners to advanced levels. Surfboards and wetsuits provided. 1, 1½, and 2 hour lessons. Week-long surf camps for ages 6 - 17 at Santa Monica Beach from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM all summer long.
Aqua Surf School, Inc.

Nearby Activities and Events

Mi's Westside Comedy Theater

1323-A Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA
An ever-changing calendar of improv, stand-up comedy, open mic night, and much more.
Mi's Westside Comedy Theater

Jazz on the Lawn

Stewart Street Park
Summer concert series of free jazz each Sunday in August from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Bring a blanket and beach chair.
Jazz on the Lawn

Palisades Park

Ocean Avenue, from Colorado to San Vicente
Santa Monica, CA
26-acre park overlooking the beach. Senior Center, Visitors Center Kiosk, Camera Obscura, picnic areas, rose garden, beacon overlook, benches, pergola, shuffleboard courts, paths, restrooms.
Palisades Park

Santa Monica's Open Street Event

June TBA, 2017, 9:00 AM -
3:00 PM
Two miles of car-free streets, local food, music, shops, culture, dance and games with family and friends.
Santa Monica's Open Street Event

Third Street Promenade

Within easy walking distance of the beach, from Santa Monica Place shopping mall to Wilshire Boulevard.
Explore a variety of shops from traditional to unusual, specialty shops, clothing, books, restaurants, coffee shops.
Thirds Street Promenade

Cove Skatepark

14th and Olympic, Santa Monica, CA
20,000 square feet, ramps, bowls, stairs, pool, over-vert bowl
Santa Monica residents get reduced price. Day passes range from $3 to $5.50
Must be at least 6 years old
Cove Skatepark

Books of Local Interest

Ocean Safety

California State Parks and Recreation cautions that "large surf, cold water temperatures, backwash, sudden drop-offs, pounding shorebreak, and dangerous rip currents can turn what seem like safe activities such as playing near the surf line, wading, or climbing on rock outcroppings, deadly." Learn more about ocean safety at
CA State Parks: Ocean Safety

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