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Beach Activities & Sports 

Beach House Update as of 9.18
We miss our Beach House community and hope you and your loved ones are well. In light of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting budget crisis, the Beach House summer is different than in years past. While everyone is staying safe, we're bringing the Beach House to you with #BeachHouseBliss, #GoldCoastMoments, and virtual Beach=Culture programs  follow us on Instagram or Facebook!

A number of City facilities will begin to reopen with restrictions on a rolling basis. City staff are making facility improvements to ensure a safe reopen for the community. We are also working to make necessary changes to programming due to modified operating hours, staff reductions, social distancing, and infection control guidance. For City of Santa Monica information as it becomes available, please check Re-opening is subject to change based on the County of Los Angeles Public Health orders and guidelines.

A notable change at the Beach House includes the pool closure through June 2021, and the Splash Pad and Playground closures until further notice. We are as heartbroken as you may be about these extended closures, and we
'll be back as a restorative place with refreshed recreational and cultural programs as swiftly as possible. Stay tuned and stay well!

Open - as of 9.18


  • Parking Lot 
  • Back on the Beach Café  
    • Separately operated, call café to confirm hours, 310.393.8282 
  • Beach Restrooms  
  • Water Fountain 
    • County of LA Public Health recommends bringing your own water or water bottle to fill
  • Wi-Fi  
  • Beach, with accessible walkway


Closed - until further notice 


  • Playground 
  • Pool & Changing Rooms
  • Splash Pad  
  • Canopies 
  • Volleyball courts 
  • Guest Services 
  • Gated Area (includes courtyard, splash pad, view deck) 
  • Marion Davies Guest House 
  • Gallery 
  • Recreation classes 

City of Santa Monica’s Health & Safety Requirements 

  • Face coverings are required.   
  • Stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) apart from others.  
  • Wash hands frequently.  
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.  
  • Stay home if you are sick.  

For local COVID-19 updates, visit Sign up for daily updates at and emergency alerts by texting SMCOVID to 888-777. You can also follow TwitterFacebook, and Instagram. If you have additional questions, contact our COVID-19 hotline at or 310-458-8400. 





 volleyball action

Available year-round on first come, first served basis or reserve up to 4 weeks in advance for $10/hour. No refunds.

Beach court and field reservations are intended for individual or small party use only. See below for information on team and multi-day use. Reservations are not required for court or field use. Courts without reservations are available on a first-come first-served basis for free. Nets are adjustable and may be lowered for beach tennis play.





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There are six beach volleyball courts on the sand next to the Beach House.
On most days, at least three courts are available on a first come, first served basis at no charge.
Court availability may change due to volleyball classes offered through the City of Santa Monica and other use permitted by the Beach Recreation Supervisor.






beach soccer 2016

The Beach House has two regulation-size beach soccer fields available for public use.
One field is available on a first come, first served basis year-round at no charge.




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Rentals are available year-round! Please call 310-458-4904 before your visit to confirm availability.
Rental includes board, paddle, cart to transport board to the beach, and personal flotation device. Waiver required. Minimum age to use a paddleboard is 14 years old. Introductory video available to watch for beginners. Availability is subject to weather and surf conditions. 

$25 1/hour
$40 2/hours
$60 4/hours

Here is a little more info on paddle boarding.
Please note, between October and May (off-season), the office closes for lunch and rentals are available 9am-3:30pm.




Subject to approval by the Beach Recreation Supervisor, team and multi-day court use may be coordinated through the permit process. Fees vary depending on the nature of your group.
To apply for a beach court permit, please submit your permit application a minimum of 10 days prior to your requested date(s) by email to or fax to (310)393-7827.
Download Beach Court Application >

Download Youth Water Activity Permit >

For outdoor beach events with more than 30 people, visit Santa Monica State Beach>




If you are interested in taking surf lessons on Santa Monica State Beach, please be sure that you are contacting one of the Surf Instructors permitted by the City of Santa Monica. These instructors help to maintain water safety and maximize public recreational opportunities on Santa Monica State Beach. All of the Permitted Surf Instructors have been proven to provide the safest, highest quality surf instruction available. They make every effort to help you have a great day at the beach!