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Boating in Santa Monica, California

Boating, dockage and reservations in Santa Monica, CA

Outdoor Fun in Santa Monica, CA

Santa Monica located 8 miles from Los Angeles International Airport and 13 miles from downtown Los Angeles, has much to offer to its visitors. The 8.3-mile Southern California beach town is easily accessible by pedestrians, runners, bikers, and sightseers. A wide variety of entertainment, dining, shopping, and outdoor activities are available in any of the 8 districts of Santa Monica.

What to Do

Santa Monica Pier
Bring the kids down to the Santa Monica Pier to ride the indoor merry-go-round, carousel, or one of the other 12 thrilling roller coasters on the boardwalk. The Santa Monica Pier offers a wide variety of activities to suit everyone in the family including the free admission amusement park, arcade, shops, fishing, dining, and live entertainment. (www.santamonicapier.org, 310-458-8901)

26-Mile Bike Path

Enjoy a morning bike ride, run, or walk along the water on Santa Monica’s Bike Path. Starting at the Santa Monica Pier, pass through Venice Beach and Marina del Ray, other hot spots along the path overlooking the Pacific Ocean. If you’re without a bike stop at one of the five Perry’s Café locations to rent bikes, roller blades, or to grab a quick bite to eat. (www.perryscafe.com, 310-939-0000)

Santa Monica Beach
Pick a spot on the 3.5-mile long beach to bathe in the sun, run along the water, or dive into the Pacific. Grab a volleyball court just south of the Santa Monica Pier to soak in the rays while playing with family and friends. Rent some gear and buy bait at the end of the Pier to enjoy an afternoon fishing session. Stop for lunch, rent umbrellas, chairs, and other beach equipment at the Annenberg Community Beach House. (www.smgov.net, 310-458-8573)

Palisades Park
Walk, run, or bike in this 25-acre park located along the scenic coast of the Pacific Ocean. Grab a table and have a picnic with the family, toss around a Frisbee with the kids, take a stroll through the rose garden, or visit the shops and restaurants located in the promenade. (200 Santa Monica Pier, 310- 458-8901)

Where to Eat
Visit Amelia’s Italian bistro located right on Main Street. Stop in for breakfast between 8 AM and 11 AM and taste an Italian inspired breakfast sandwich. Enjoy fresh Italian pastries or coffee including espresso, cappuccino, or macchiato. For lunch grab a sandwich served on fresh Ciabatta bread, soup, or create your own salad. Imported honeys, jams, olives, oils, vinegar and homemade candy are great souvenirs! (www.ameliascafe.com, 310-396-9095O)

Try some authentic Mexican dishes and enjoy the rustic décor at Mercado located in downtown Santa Monica on Fourth Street. Choose from a variety of traditional Mexican dishes including guacamole, carnitas, or enchiladas. Executive Chef Jose Acevedo has been praised for adding extra flair to these Mexican inspired dishes. Don’t forget to try the restaurants famous flan for dessert. (www.mercadosantamonica.com, 310-526-7121)

Blue Plate Oysterette

Visit the seafood and raw bar at Blue Plate Oysterette for lunch or dinner. Located right on Ocean Avenue with out door seating with an ocean view. The restaurant’s menu features classic East Coast American inspired dishes including the lobster roll, mussels, fish and chips, and steamers. The oysters or clams from the raw bar are a must have. Enjoy a pint of Golden Ale from the Santa Monica Brew Works or the daily fruit crumble for dessert. (www.blueplatesantamonica.com/bpo, 310-576 3474)

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