Santa Monica

Santa Monica Beach


1920 Main St., Ste B,
Santa Monica,
United States,

Perhaps the most unusual designee in this year’s 10 Best Public Spaces, this 3.5-mile stretch of public beach just west of Los Angeles draws millions of people annually to watch sunsets, stroll along the beachfront paths, sunbathe, people-watch, listen to musicians, surf, or ride the 1920's carousel on Santa Monica Pier. Iconic images abound along the strand, which is recognized as the birthplace of beach culture: stilt-borne lifeguard stations, bikini-clad rollerbladers at Venice Beach, sun-bleached surfers at Malibu, body builders at Muscle Beach, leggy palm trees along Ocean Avenue, and those remarkable and unaffected sunsets over the Pacific.