East of the pier, stroll along the Third Street Promenade, an open-air, car-free walkway that extends for three blocks. Enjoy street performances while you take a look at all the shops and boutiques there. For avid shoppers, the upscale Santa Monica Place in the Promenade is a must-visit spot with over 80 retailers. Should you get hungry, stop by favorites such as Mel's Drive-In for gourmet chili or Azulé Taqueria for beach-inspired tacos. Don’t forget to satisfy your sweet tooth with a delicious ice cream cone from Sloan's as well!
Visit Santa Monica State Beach for a taste of southern California's beautiful beach scene. The three-mile soft sand beach is a foolproof spot for sitting, playing, and sunbathing. (The famous pier is on the north side of the beach!) You'll be able to jog and bike along the beach's paved paths. It's also walking distance from popular hotels, shops, and restaurants. Enjoy amenities such as volleyball courts and the North Beach Playground with the entire family. Also on the beach is the original Muscle Beach, an area that features gym equipment such as rings, swings, and ropes for adults and kids alike.
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