SANTA MONICA BEACH STATE PARK
This beach is two miles long, has a picnic area, shops and pier. Visitor activities include volleyball, basketball and a running strip along the beach.
This beachfront park was established as a state recreational area in 1955. It spans over three miles along the Pacific Ocean coastline.
The land originally belonged to Native American tribes before Spanish settlers arrived during the late 18th century. After Mexico's independence from Spain, it became part of Mexican territory until ceded to America following the Mexican-American War.
In its early years post-establishment, development included building infrastructure like parking lots and restrooms for visitors' convenience. The iconic Santa Monica Pier with an amusement park also forms part of this popular destination.
Over time, efforts have been made towards conservation and maintaining ecological balance within its boundaries while providing leisure activities such as swimming or sunbathing on sandy beaches.
Today it continues being one of Southern California's most visited parks due to its stunning views and numerous amenities including picnic areas, playgrounds & volleyball courts among others.