Annenberg Community Beach House

Top choice beach in Santa Monica

Like a fancy beach club for the rest of us, this sleek and attractive city-owned spot, built on actress Marion Davies’ estate (she had a thing with William Randolph Hearst), opens to the public on a first-come-first-served basis. It has a lap pool, lounge chairs, yoga classes, beach volleyball, fitness room and art gallery.

There’s a cafe nearby, and it’s set on a sweet stretch of Santa Monica Beach. Opening hours are seasonal; see the website for details.