What is unique about the parking garages are decorated with art to help them blend into the historic downtown area. Also some of the parking garages will tell you how spaces might be available by a digital reader out in front of it.
CENTRAL BEACH & PIER PARKING
May - September: $8 weekends & holidays; $7 weekdays April & October: $7 weekends & holidays; $5 weekdays November - March: $6 weekends & holidays; $5 weekdays
May - September: $8 weekends; $7 weekdays April & October: $7 weekends and Friday after 4pm; $.75 per 1/2 hour weekdays, $6.00 maximum November - March: $6 weekends and Friday after 4pm; $.75 per 1/2 hour weekdays, $6.00 maximum
NORTH BEACH PARKING
May - September:
$7 weekends & holidays; $6 weekdays
April & October:
$7 weekends & holidays; $5 weekdays
November - March:
$5 weekends & holidays; $5 weekdays
Lot 1 North - Convenient to the Pier 1550 Pacific Coast Hwy. 1173 spaces 7:30am - 12am seven days a week, year-round.
Lot 1 South - Convenient to the Pier 1640 Appian Way 66 spaces Short term parking only: $1 per hour, two hour maximum
Summer 8am - 7pm • Winter 8am - 5pm
Main Street Parking
2800 block of Neilson Way Enter from Kinney St., Hill St. or off of Main St. at Ashland Ave. 175 metered spaces: 165 @ 3 hours, 10 @ 10 hours $.50 each hour; open 24 hours Change machine available at this location
Neilson Way north of Hill St. Enter from Hill St. 40 metered spaces: 37 @ 3 hours $.50 each hour; open 24 hours
2400-2500 block of Neilson Way Enter from Hollister Ave. or through entrance at 2934 Main St. 110 metered spaces: 95 @ 3 hours, 12 @ 10 hours $.50 each hour; open 24 hours Change machine available at this location
2300 block of Neilson Way Enter from Strand St. 15 metered spaces: 8 @ 3 hours, 6 @ 10 hours $.50 each hour; open 24 hours
STRUCTURES 1 THROUGH 6 & 9
Open 24 hours 8am - 6pm: first 2 hours free, $1 each additional 30 minutes; $7 maximum daily; entering after 6pm: $3 flat rate
1234 4th St. 312 spaces
1235 2nd St. 633 spaces
1320 4th St. 324 spaces
1321 2nd St. 652 spaces
1440 4th St. 664 spaces
Van accessible parking, enter through alley
1431 2nd St. 345 spaces
1136 4th St. 294 spaces
For additional parking please look at the map below.
Pictured here is a relatively good traffic shot of Pacific Coast Highway (mostly referred by its initials). Try to avoid PCH in the rush hour mornings and evenings particularly but at any time there can be a slow up. Look out for the twists and turns between here in Santa Monica and in Malibu.
If you're wanting to see LA and you're planning on going to Hollywood- drive down Santa Monica Blvd from Hollywood to Santa Monica. Watch the road signs though- it gets a little tricky around Beverly Hills. If you take this route- you'll see a lot of things that you wouldn't see from the Santa Monica Freeway. Do not take this route in a cab though- it takes for ever! It's not a far drive, just a long one.
If you have a car, from the north take 405 South and 10 West, from the east take 10 West all the way, from the south take 405 North and 10 West or take Lincoln Blvd North if you are coming from LAX.
If you don't have a car, take the Santa Monica Big Blue bus, from downtown Los Angeles its the 10 ($1.25) and from LAX bus terminal its the 3 ($0.50).
Walking is the best way around the promenade and beach area. Park your vehicle in one of the public parking buildings provided for by the city and avoid parking tickets. You can rent bicycles on the beach too.
The best way to get there is to drive.
It's so easy to get a rental car from LAX and get onto the No. 1 highway, aka Lincoln Blvd. Just follow the road all the way and you'd reach Santa Monica!
We navigated our way around using the map found in Lonely Planet and the one given to us from Hertz.
Parking is expensive, but the mobility you get from driving far outweighs the cost, at least that's what i think.
We drove on the No. 2 highway, aka Santa Monica Boulevard all the way towards Beverly Hills and onto Hollywood.
And we took the No. 10 East to Cabazon for the Factory Outlets at Desert Hills. It was an amazingly long ride on a very hot day! Be prepared to drive for about 2 hours! ;)
You Need An AMERICAN CAR
My favourite is a convertible MUSTANG which had to be tried out right away - so a few hours driving in Santa Monica's surroundings was truly enjoyable in this fine car.
This picture is about MUSTANGS: the CAR and the HORSES :-) !!
A car! Wilshire Ave., Santa Monica Ave., or the 10 freeway are all great ways to get to Santa Monica. Unless you're coming from Brentwood, then you can take San vicente.
Driving and walking around, once you've found parking.
There is a parking garage off of 4th street that is free for the first 2 hours. After that, there is a $1 per 30 minuite charge up to $7 daily, and, unless you try to turn left out of it, its very easy to get in and out. Park and walk over to the Promenade, enjoy yourself without the hassle or expense of valet. There are 4 of these garages along 4th st, I recommend the one at 1440 4th st. because it has the most spaces, many times the other will fill.