Los Angeles Times
What to know before you go
The Los Angeles area obviously has thousands of places to exercise outdoors. But if the Santa Monica beach calls to you, here are a few tips.
Santa Monica’s parking garages are a short walk to the beach and a bargain: 90 minutes free, $1 for the next hour. Other rates apply for evenings and special events. Paid parking, not as cheap, is available along Pacific Coast Highway.
ANNENBERG COMMUNITY CENTER
A beach club open to anyone who pays the daily entrance fee. Pool, activities, cultural events. Fees vary, but general entrance for the pool for the day is $10 for adults, $4 for children, $5 for seniors. No charge for babies under 12 months.
There are kiosks along the beach for food and for bikes and other rentals. Lifeguard staffing varies.
There are plenty of restrooms, and they’re well-maintained. Water fountains are outside. Outdoor rinse-off showers have not been shut off, as have some others in the state because of the drought.
You can even hold your wedding on the beach — no permit needed for fewer than 150 people. Spots are first-come, first-served.