SANTA MONICA OVERVIEW
Operated by the City of Santa Monica in Los Angeles County, Santa Monica State Beach is a California State Park. It can be found along California’s fabled Pacific Coast Highway, and its biggest claim to fame is that this beach was the location the TV show “Baywatch” was filmed at. The south end of the beach is home to the historic Santa Monica Pier, which was erected in 1909 and houses as a National Historic Landmark – the Looff Hippodrome Carousel, which was built in 1922.
Santa Monica Beach offers beachgoers a variety of amenities, including picnic areas, playgrounds, bike rentals, and concessions. A human-scale chessboard and public chess tables bring in players from around the region. Besides the surfing, paddleboarders and swimmers also enjoy the open beach and inviting water.
Surf conditions at Santa Monica are variable. This is an exposed break that experiences northwest offshore winds. For the best surfing conditions at this location, west/southwest swells are ideal. Consistent surf throughout the year is one of the hallmarks of this break. Waves generally break to the right and tend to be best around low tide.
For up-to-the-minute surf conditions, the live Santa Monica surf cam operated by Swell Magnet is a great way to keep tabs on the waves. If you are a surfer in Southern California or anywhere in the world, our live, real-time HD surf cam gives you a glimpse into what’s going on at Santa Monica. Our carefully-prepared real time Santa Monica surf report gives timely information on wave conditions, water temperature, and prevailing winds so that you can make an informed decision whether to wax up your stick and hit the beach. Swell Magnet’s team of surfing enthusiasts and weather experts provide the free surf cams and reports to anyone with access to the Internet, wherever you are in the world.