Surfs Up!: Top 3 Santa Monica Surf Spots

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Are you a fan of Baywatch, Beverly Hills 90210, or even reality shows like The Hills and Laguna Beach?

If so, you’re surely familiar with the white sand beaches and crystal blue waters of the Pacific off the coast of California.

Southern California is synonymous with beautiful weather and surfing. It boasts world-class beaches and surf breaks and is home to some of the best surfing in the world. In Los Angeles County, which has 75 miles of coastline for your surfing pleasure, Santa Monica is a world-renowned surfing spot.

Whether you’re a local, new to town, or a tourist looking for the best spots for surfing, you’re sure to find something to your liking. Check out these top 3 Santa Monica surf spots.

Santa Monica Surf Spots: 3 Can’t-Miss Locales

Santa Monica is a small coastal city located just 15 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. The Santa Monica Pier is well known for its yellow, solar-powered Ferris wheel and Pacific Park, which is an amusement park right on the pier. Not only is Santa Monica Pier great for tourist activities, it’s also a hot spot for surfing.

Check out Palisades Park for stunning views of the coastline, Third Street Promenade for shopping, and the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market for fresh flowers, produce, and other handmade items.

Santa Monica Pier

Before you check out the pier, wake up early and catch some waves at Santa Monica Pier. There are sandbar peaks on the south side and the waves don’t get very big, making it a great option for beginner surfers.

Santa Monica Beach

Santa Monica Beach is popular for beginners all year long. The waves are frequent and it’s easy to get to. Most of the surf comes from groundswells and waves at the beach break both left and right. because it’s a good beach for beginners, it can sometimes get crowded.

Pay parking is available nearby and you can access it at the corner of Colorado and Ocean Avenues.

Bay Street

Bay St. in Santa Monica is easy to get to and plenty of metered and paid parking. It’s a popular surf spot because it’s easily accessible and it’s usually not too crowded. It’s also a great place for beginners, as there are rentals and surf lessons next to the beach.

Bay Street surfing has been happening since the 1960’s and it’s known as “the beach” in Santa Monica. The waves can get pretty powerful, so it’s a great place to learn how to navigate strong surf.

Start Planning Your Trip

Don’t wait another day to start planning your trip to southern California and Santa Monica. Not only can you get your fill of surfing, there’s also plenty of other things to do and places to see.

After hitting up these Santa Monica surf spots, why not stop by Big Dean’s Ocean Front Cafe for a cold drink and some lunch or dinner. Big Dean’s blog is also full of information on things to do and places to visit in Santa Monica.

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