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Santa Monica and Venice Beach Tour from Los Angeles
"Meet your guide and group in central Los Angeles to begin your 3-hour tour of the city’s world-famous beaches. Aboard a comfortable air-conditioned minivan travel to Santa Monica whose century-old pier marks the terminus of the old Route 66.As you set foot on Santa Monica Pier hear about the history of the amusement rides from your guide. Then stroll down the Third Street Promenade an open-air shopping district filled with boutiques and name-brand stores in downtown Santa Monica. Back aboard your vehicle drive to another waterfront gem: the Venice Beach Boardwalk. See the Pacific Ocean glittering before your eyes
From $99.00
 
"Los Angeles Highlights Tour: Santa Monica
LA Highlights Tour: Hollywood to Venice Beach"Los Angeles Highlights Tour: Santa Monica Venice Beach Hollywood and Beverly Hills""Meet your guide in central Los Angeles to begin your full-day tour of the city's top attractions and suburbs by air-conditioned minivan. You’ll begin with a morning tour of LA beaches followed by an afternoon tour of the landmarks of Hollywood and Beverl which provides expansive views of the sandy coastline and the Pacific Ocean. Learn about the history of the amusement rides before taking a stroll along the Third Street Promenade an open-air shopping district filled with boutiques and name-brand stores in downtown Santa Monica.Back aboard the minivan
From $149.00
 
The Ultimate Los Angeles Bike Tour
"Enjoy the ultimate Los Angeles experience on this 5.5-hour guided bike tour starting in West Hollywood. Once you’re matched with a high-end hybrid bike snap on your helmet and safety vest and take off! Follow your experienced guide on a 32-mile adventure through some of the most popular sites and attractions of the greater Los Angeles area with several breaks along the way to catch your breath. Your guide ensures your small group stays on bicycle routes away from LA traffic.You’ll get up close to LA attractions and locations that bus tours may miss from the celebrity homes of Beverly Hills and Bel-Air to notable beaches and seaside towns such as Santa Monica Venice and Marina Del Rey. Ride along historic Route 66 and the Sunset Strip and cycle past the shopping and dining district of Robertson Boulevard and the fashionable Melrose Avenue.Your guide points out Brentwood Village
From $162.00

By Car Tips (8)

Parking less complicated here!

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. Make sure to check the web site to ensure prices haven't changed or if there is construction.

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

Pier only
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

Downtown Parking
Main Street Parking
Lot 9
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
Lot 10
Neilson Way north of Hill St. Enter from Hill St. 40 metered spaces: 37 @ 3 hours $.50 each hour; open 24 hours
Lot 11
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
Lot 26
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

Structure #1
1234 4th St. 312 spaces
Structure #2
1235 2nd St. 633 spaces
Structure #3
1320 4th St. 324 spaces
Structure #4
1321 2nd St. 652 spaces
Structure #5
1440 4th St. 664 spaces
Van accessible parking, enter through alley
Structure #6
1431 2nd St. 345 spaces
Structure #9
1136 4th St. 294 spaces

For additional parking please look at the map below.

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Yaqui
Jul 05, 2014

Parking in Santa Monica

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.

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HotSpotJ
Jan 01, 2008

Expect many slowdowns on PCH!

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.

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marinarena
Jan 26, 2006

Driving from Hollywood to Santa Monica

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.

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krizt
Jun 17, 2003
 
 
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The best way to get there is...

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! ;)

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volarevolare
Aug 26, 2002

You Need An AMERICAN CAR

My...

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 :-) !!

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Lys-Noir
Aug 26, 2002

If you have a car, from the...

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.

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Nish
Aug 26, 2002

A car! Wilshire Ave., Santa...

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.

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bruingirl
Aug 24, 2002

Top 5 Santa Monica Writers

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"~Santa Monica~"
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"I Leave My Heart in Santa Monica"
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Waalewiener

"AFTERNOON & EVENING AT SANTA MONICA PIER."
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"Santa Monica"
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"BEAUTY AND THE BEACH"
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Things to Do Near Santa Monica

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Beach Bike Path

Something fun to do in the area is to rent a bicycle by the hour and ride along the paved South Coast Bicycle Trail which stretches over 20 miles along the L.A. Coast from Malibu south to Torrance...
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Third Street Promenade

Good idea, leaving the beach, said Fernanda. Let's move to a better place. And that was... shopping area, of course. Do you believe that I supported the never ending series of malls, shops and...
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Third Street Promenade

Aah, 3rd Street Promenade. It's the shopping version of Disneyland. Shopping in downtown Santa Monica's Promenade may set you back the cost of a one-day park hopper ticket (more or less) at Mickey...
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Santa Monica Place

This is the mall at the south end of 3rd street promenade, it was renovated a few years ago to an open air mall, with trendy designer shops and restaurants. It is also a few block from the beach and...
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Carousel

It's full name is The Santa Monica Looff Hippodrome and it is located on the Newcomb Pier adjacent to the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, California. It was designed and built in 1916 by Charles I....
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Visitors Center

Located along Ocean Ave within Palisades Park is one of three visitor centers. It is Open Daily 10am-4pm. We stopped here and grabs some maps. It is a great place to find any information you made need...
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