Santa Monica Bike Center Recommended!


If you’re from out of town and not all that familiar with the area, a day of bike rental from the Santa Monica Bike Center really can’t be beat. Easy to get to, hundreds of parking spaces, reasonable rates, extended hours, and friendly service makes this our first choice.
Located at 1555 2nd Street at Colorado. (310)656-8500.

On a very busy summer weekend they had plenty of bikes left mid afternoon.
Santa Monica Bike Center
Santa Monica Bike Center Members Services
Santa Monica Bike Center Colorado
Santa Monica Bike Center 2nd

If $30 a day seems high, consider that is open to close! M-Thur 6:30am to 10pm
Fri 6:30am – midnight, Sat 8am to midnight, Sunday 8 am to 8 pm Not only that but for $5 more you can keep the bike overnight until noon the next day! Price includes a lock and a helmet if you like. To rent a bike you’ll leave a government issue ID or an imprint of your credit card.Santa Monica Bike Center Prices

Santa Monica Bike Center Prices

Six floors of parking.Santa Monice Bike Center Parkng

$9 All Day Flat Rate.Santa Monice Bike Center Parkng

Two blocks from Santa Monica Pier your gateway to the bike path. Head south to Venice!
Santa Monice Pier

Santa Monica Pier North

There’s a massive parking lot just north of the Santa Monica pier. If you’re coming from the North, heading South on PCH, it’s a breeze to get here. Just take that ramp on your right before your turn East onto the 10.
PCH South into Santa Monica Pier

If you’re on the 10 heading West, you want to try to avoid the situation where you’re stuck on the PCH trying to make a left into one of the beach lots. Weekends are busy.
Left Turn Off PCH into Santa Monica Beach Parking Lots

Santa Monica pier offers these directions if you’re heading West on the 10.
From the north or south on the 405 Freeway, take I-10 West. Drive west on I-10 and exit freeway at 4th/5th Street exit. Go north on 5th St. to Colorado Ave. Make a left on Colorado Ave. and drive straight to the Pier at Ocean Avenue. If the parking lot is full (if the lot on the pier is full you’ll be directed to) make a left turn on Ocean Avenue and proceed two blocks. Make a right turn on Seaside Terrace. Follow sign to Pier/Beach parking.
Either way you want to end up here. Looking West from Appian Way.
Santa Monica Pier Parking Lot

Rates today were General $8. Buses $48. and RV’s $32.
Santa Monica Pier Parking Lot Rates

Let’s get our bearings. Looking North from the pier.
View From Santa Monica Pier Looking North
On the left is the Veterans For Peace memorial installation.

We’re less than a quarter mile North of the bike rental places we looked at in the last post. About a 1/2 mile further north is our final bike rental destination. Another Perrys! Where Arizona would meet the sand, if there wasn’t a cliff.

Perrys at Arizona
Perrys Arizona Rates

Santa Monica Pier

We’re in the area of the Santa Monica Pier. This smaller lot at 1670 Appian Way is at Pacific Terrace. There’s another smaller lot off of Appian Way at Seaview Terrace. These are both Pay by Space lots. Price at this time was $8.
Appian Way And Pacific Terrace

That’s very Santa Monica, to actually have a number to call if you have a problem.
(310) 345-6718. Pay by cell phone has recently been added.Pay By Space Parking Machine

pay by phone parking santa monica pier

Here’s where we’re at. The green space adjacent the sand is a favorite place for gymnasts to meet on the weekends. Lots of monkey bars to work out on. The ring swing.
Gymnastics Monkey Bars

Let’s get bikes! First up is Spokes ‘n Stuff. Located right next to the monkey bars. It’s that little storefront at the end of the ring swing. That’s Lowes hotel in the background.
Spokes N Stuff

In case you can’t read that, a crusier goes for $7.50 an hour or $22. a day.
Spokes N Stuff Rates

A little father north right next to the stairs to the pier is Sea Mist Skate and Bike rentals. 1619 Ocean Front Walk.
Sea Mist Bike Rental

Sea Mist Bike Rentals

Bikes or Blades $7 an hour or $17 all day. Are those the best rates we’ve seen so far? I am looking for best prices on the bike path.Sea Mist Rates

As long as we’re here let’s take a look around (though I’ll leave the pier for another time).
Here’s a view of the pier from the bike path.
Santa Monica Pier from the bike path

Rings, ropes, monkey bars.
Rings Ropes and Monkey Bars Santa Monica Pier

The gymnastics green.
Gymnastics Green at Santa Monica Pier

Volleyball at Santa Monica Pier

Kids PlaygroundKids Playground at Santa Monica Pier

The chess park.Chess Park Santa Monica Pier

A bite to eat? (There’s lots of food around here and on the pier. These are a couple notable for their uniqueness.) Hot Dog Stick
Hot Dog Stick at Santa Monica Pier

Big Dean’s ‘Muscle In’ Cafe.
Big Dean's Muscle In Cafe

Not a bad price for a beer!
Big Deans Menu