Santa Monica State Beach

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Santa Monica's most prized possession, this serene waterfront California State Park is the closest landmark to the Californian icons of Santa Monica Pier and Third Street Promenade. Equipped with modern amenities such as volleyball courts, serene picnic spots and scenic swimming zones, this golden-sand landscape houses something that sets it apart from everything else in the vicinity, Muscle Beach, the mecca of flamboyant bodybuilding exhibitions and gymnastic presentations. A sunbather's heaven, the beach also seems to be a magnet for themed special events like the world-famous Cirque du Soleil, which is when the place transforms into a dynamo of energy, music and vivid colors. The Santa Monica Ferris Wheel is by far the state park's most noticeable attraction.

Location:  Pacific Coast Highway