A Complete Guide to Annenberg Community Beach House!

Updated: Jun 29, 2019


With spectacular views, splash pad, playground, public pool, gallery Marion Davies Guest House, beach courts, and more, there's always something to do at Annenberg Community Beach House for everyone in the family to enjoy.


THE HISTORY:

The Annenberg Community Beach House is a public facility located on 5 acres of oceanfront property in Santa Monica. The property was originally developed during the Gold Coast era of the 1920s by William Randolph Hearst for actress Marion Davies. The Davies estate featured a mansion of 100-plus rooms and an ornate marble swimming pool. The Beach House was a hot spot on Santa Monica's Gold Coast, with Hearst and Davies entertaining luminaries from the Hollywood set, such as Charlie Chaplin, Louis B. Mayer, Samuel Goldwyn, Greta Garbo, Clark Gable and other stars of the day.

The property was sold to the State of California in 1959, continuing to operate as the ever-popular Sand & Sea Club under a concession agreement. Wallis Annenberg of the Annenberg Foundation, held fond memories of visiting the Sand & Sea Club. When she learned of the City's struggle to identify funding to rehabilitate the structure after the 1994 Northridge Earthquake damage to all structures, she enthusiastically offered to help. The Annenberg Foundation provided a $27.5 million grant that paved the way for the site's rehabilitation.

The site opened to the public as the Annenberg Community Beach House on April 25, 2009. The Beach House combines elements of the historic Marion Davies Estate with new amenities to create a truly unique community destination that's open to all.


PLAYGROUND & BEACH AREA:

The Playground, courtyard, view deck, beach areas, and courts are open to everyone, and no membership is required. The following is the schedule for the 2019 calendar year:

November - March: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

April: 8:30 am - 6:30 pm

May - September: 8:30 am - 8:30 pm

October: 8:30 am - 6:30 pm

There is a children's playground featuring swings, climbing play-sets, and of course a sandy area to play. There are benches, chairs, and tables for adults to sit while the kids play.

The Beach House grounds are available for small get-togethers and children's birthday parties on a first come, first served basis. Reservations are not available for the public spaces (courtyard, splash pad, or sandy areas). You can take your own canopies, tables, and chairs in the sandy areas. For detailed information about the Beach House grounds, click here.

You may reserve beach soccer or volleyball courts 4 weeks in advance for $10/hour during the summer pool season. Beach court and field reservations are intended for individual or small party use only. 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.

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. Nets on the six volleyball courts are adjustable and may be lowered for Beach Tennis play. Staff is available to assist with lowering the nets during summer.

The Beach House has two regulation-size beach soccer fields for public use. One field is available on a first come, first served basis year-round at no charge. Soccer balls are available to check-out from Guest Services with a valid form of ID.


THE POOL:

The public pool at the Beach House features marble around the deck with beautiful tiles that were restored by hand. The pool and pool deck are complimented by a new Pool House, with changing areas, lockers, and a second floor view deck that offers spectacular views of Santa Monica Bay. The pool schedule is as follows:

May 25 - 27 from 10 am to 6 pm

June 1 - 2 & 8 - 9 from 10am to 6pm

June 14 - Sept. 2 from 10am to 7 pm

Sunset Swim 7/12, 7/26, 8/9 & 8/23 (adults 18+) 7pm - 10pm

Pool closes at 4pm on 8/24 for Cardboard Yacht Regatta

Sept. 7 - Sept. 29 (weekends only) 11am - 5pm

Kids under age 8 and 4’ in height must be accompanied by an adult in the water at all times. Kids under age 12 must be supervised by an adult at all times. Children requiring diapers must wear a swim diaper in the water. Swim suits must be worn in the water. Swimmers must shower before entering the water. Toys and Flotation devices are not allowed in the pool, unless distributed by Beach House staff.

Pool fees are $10 per day for adults, $4 per day for kids (1-17), and $5 for seniors (60+). The pool fee is half price on Mondays except for holidays. Annenberg has several Pop-Up pool days throughout the year when the weather allows. You can sign up for email notifications for the Pop-Up pool days.

Reservations are never required to visit the pool. During the summer pool season, a limited number of reservations for the pool and parking are available, with the majority of parking and pool passes available on a first come, first served basis. Pool and Parking reservations are held until 10am.


SPLASH PAD:

The Splash Pad is a water feature that shoots water out of the ground and is very popular with small children. The Splash pad hours vary by season and are as follows:

May - Sept 4: Daily 9am-6pm

Sept - Oct 1: Mon-Fri: 10am-1pm Sat, Sun, & Holidays: 9am-5pm

Oct - Apr: (off-season) Sat, Sun, & Holidays: 9am-3pm Mon-Fri: 10am-1pm

You can find tables and chairs near the Splash pad to relax while the kids play. There are several good size public bathrooms on the site to change. You can also use the pool's changing rooms if you are using the pool.


FOOD:
You may take your own food, and either picnic on the beach or by the splash pad (seating is limited by the splash pad), or enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner on the Beach Cafe on the site.
Back on the Beach Café offers appetizing meals featuring local and seasonal cuisine with breathtaking views of ocean, mountain, pier, and Catalina Island. Click here for the menu. They take reservations for groups of 6 or more people, and for indoor tables only. The best thing about this restaurant is you can enjoy your meal while the kids play in the sand.
Back on the Beach Café is located at 445 Pacific Coast Hwy (AKA Palisades Beach Road) Santa Monica CA 90402. Call (310) 393-8282 for reservations.
Summer hours are from 8am - 8 pm for through September.

STAND UP PADDLE BOARD RENTALS:
Stand Up Paddle Boards are available year-round for rental for $25 for 1 hour, $40 for 2 hours, and $60 for 4 hours. Rental includes board, paddle, cart to transport board to the beach, and personal flotation device. Minimum age to use a paddleboard is 14 years old. An Introductory video is available to watch for beginners. Availability is subject to weather and surf conditions. You should call 310-458-4904 before your visit to confirm availability.

CANOPIES:

You may reserve 3 canopies on the beach for groups up to 30 people in advance. Reservations must be made online up to 4 weeks in advance. Canopy reservations are good for 9 am to 1pm or 2 pm to 7 pm, and are only $40 per 4-hour reservation. The canopies are 10' x 15' and include two 5' tables. Click here to see canopy locations.


PRIVATE EVENTS & PARTIES:

The Beach House has a beautiful party venue, which is available year-round for birthday parties, baby showers, anniversaries, and any special occasions. But During the summer months, rental availability is limited. The Courtyard and Splash Pad are also available for rental from November to April.

Space rental rates range from $900-$4,000. For detailed rates and availability, fill out an Event Inquiry form here. The Beach House has partnered with a diverse group of caterers to craft memorable fare for your event.


MARION DAVIES GUEST HOUSE TOURS:

On Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays from 11 am to 2 pm, you can take a free tour of Marion Davies Guest House, and discover the rich history of this gorgeous Historical House. Docents are available to share the history, answer questions, and provide brief tours. Tours last approximately 30 minutes, and accommodate up to 15 people. Please check the website calendar before you visit.


CAMPS, CLASSES, AND PRIVATE LESSONS:

The Beach House offers Youth Volleyball Classes, Adult Volleyball, Yoga Classes, and Youth Semi-Private Swim Lessons. Click here for detailed information about the classes. You can also access numerous summer camps, classes, and private lessons offered by the City of Santa Monica, by clicking here.

If you are interested in taking surf lessons on Santa Monica State Beach, click here for a full list of authorized surf instructors.

UPCOMING 2019 EVENTS AT THE BEACH HOUSE:

10th Year Anniversary

Annenberg Community Beach House is having a 10th year Anniversary on April 28, 2019. The 10th year anniversary is from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, and features community group photo in the sand, music and treats, Celebratory remarks, games, and more. This event is free and the first 300 photo participants, get to also use the pool.

Beach Dances

On the following dates, join for a week of contemporary dance open rehearsal, a few workshop, and performances from local choreographers:

June 18th through June 23rd, from 8:30 am to 1 pm

June 22nd from 7 am to 8 pm & June 23rd from 5pm to 7pm

World's Largest Swim Lesson

Enjoy free swimming lessons for ages 6 to 10 years of age on June 20th from 9 am to 10 am. RSVP is required for this event.

Santa Monica Public Library at the Beach

On Friday June 28th & Friday August 16th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Santa Monica Public Library will bring books to the beach house for "Beach Read: Toes in the sand, head in the clouds."

Community Picnic

On July 18th, enjoy public community picnic open to all from 6 pm to 8:30 pm.

Cardboard Yacht Regatta

At home, build your own cardboard yacht to seat two people, and race across the pool at the beach house on Saturday, August 24th from 5 pm to 8 pm. This event is for all ages. There is a $15 fee per yacht, but free to spectators.

To see the calendar of events, please click here.



GUEST SERVICES:

The Guest Services office is open daily from 8:30am to 5:30pm when the Beach House grounds are open. You can call them at 310-458-4904.

LOCATION AND PARKING:

Annenberg Community Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA, 90402. Parking is available year-round on a first come, first served basis. On weekends and holidays, we suggest to arrive early to find a parking spot at the beach house parking lot.

When you arrive, note the number of your space and pay at the Park & Pay machines located in each section of the lot. Parking rates are $12/day or $3/day from April through October, and $8/day or $3/hour from November through March. The parking is usually open from 7am - 9pm during summer time, and till 7pm or 8pm on other months.

If the Beach House lot is full, additional parking lots 8 & 9 (south) and Will Rogers State Beach (north) are within walking distance. The bike path connects these lots to the Beach House on the ocean side. Check Santa Monica's City-Wide Parking Map for updated information about the Beach House parking lot and lots Pacific Coast Highway.

Also note that Santa Monica prohibits dogs on the beach. Service animals excepted (as defined by the ADA).


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