Santa Monica State Beach
|Santa Monica State Beach|
|Location||Los Angeles County, California|
|Nearest city||Santa Monica|
|Governing body||California Department of Parks and Recreation|
The beach is located along Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica. It is 3.5 miles (5.6 km) long and has parks, picnic areas, playgrounds, restrooms, as well as manned lifeguard stations, the Muscle Beach, bike rentals, concessions, a few hotels, a bike path, and wooden pathways for warm days and beachgoers with disabilities. Visitor activities include volleyball, surfing, stand up paddleboarding, and swimming. Smoking at the beach is prohibited.
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.
Just south of the pier volleyball courts is International Chess Park with public chess tables and a human-scale chessboard set into the sidewalk.
Palisades Park is located atop Santa Monica's cliffs, providing a vantage point to see the Santa Monica Beach and the Pacific Ocean.
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 was a temporary memorial 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.
The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has developed a safe eating advisory for fish caught in the Santa Monica Beach based on levels of mercury or PCBs found in local species.
- Official Santa Monica State Beach webpage - City of Santa Monica Santa Monica State Beach
- Santa Monica Pier Aquarium — Aquarium on the pier operated by Heal the Bay, and formerly known as the Ocean Discovery Center
- Pacific Park — the amusement park portion of the pier
- Hot Dog on a Stick — original, opened in 1946, found on the sidewalk just south of the pier in front the original Muscle Beach
- Pacific Ocean Park — former (1958-1967) amusement park one pier south of Santa Monica Pier; demolished in 1974
- Santa Monica bicycle path — path that runs through a bicycle-only underpass under the pier
- Membership discrimination in California social clubs
Gallery of Santa Monica Beach images
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- "Santa Monica Beach". Archived from the original on 2008-05-09.
- "Santa Monica Beach and Bike Path Rules". Archived from the original on 2013-10-02. Retrieved 2013-09-29.
- "LAMountains.com: Santa Monica State Beach". Archived from the original on 2008-04-05.
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2016-10-12. Retrieved 2018-01-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Ocean Park Neighborhood Beach: The Significance of the "Inkwell" in Jim Crow-Era Southern California". The Cultural Landscape Foundation. Retrieved 2020-04-29.
- "The Bay Street Beach". Santa Monica Conservancy. Retrieved 2020-04-30.
- "Arlington West Memorial Santa Monica". Veterans for Peace. Archived from the original on 2006-10-12.
- Sahagun, Louis (May 9, 2017). "Rare birds find Southern California beach housing". LA Times. Archived from the original on 27 August 2017. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
- Borrell, Brendan (August 1, 2018). "Are We Grooming Beaches to Death?". Hakai Magazine. Retrieved 2020-04-30 – via Smithsonian Magazine.
- Admin, OEHHA (2014-12-30). "Santa Monica Beach south of Santa Monica Pier to Seal Beach Pier". OEHHA. Retrieved 2018-06-13.
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