Santa Monica Beach is, in essence, at the heart of the fitness revolution that swept across North America over the last few decades. Located just south of the Santa Monica Pier, Muscle Beach was the origin of bodybuilding culture, and is still a big part of that — both on the sand and at neighboring gyms.
If dumbbells and chin-ups aren’t your thing, Santa Monica Beach is also the perfect destination to hone your surfing skills. With a number of surf shops and clinics around, you’ll be taking to the waves in no time, board in hand and spirits high.
Prefer to stay on dry land? Rent a bicycle and cruise up and down the beach, taking in the sand and sun on your own terms. Throw on your running shoes and hit the miles of paths, or simply meander up and down the beach.
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