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Beach Destination for Adventures – Santa Monica, California
The Trapeze School on the Santa Monica beach in California

The Trapeze School on the Santa Monica beach in California

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With a trapeze school right by the beach, non-stop beach volleyball games, great waves for surfing or stand-up paddling, nearby hiking and mountain biking trails, one could say an active, adventurous lifestyle is practically in Santa Monica's DNA. Travelers can join locals in the waves of the Pacific Ocean, or exploring the challenging terrain overlooking the beach from the trails of the Santa Monica Mountains.

If you've ever wanted to learn how to soar on the high wires, like the acrobats in the circus, the Trapeze School of New York is located at the famous Santa Monica Pier. Here, pros offer classes in acrobatic techniques in classes and opportunities for all levels - from thrill-seeker to fear-facer. (Watch this video to what it's like to attend trapeze school.)

The South Coast Bicycle Trail stretches along the sand from Malibu down to Torrance, and it's a great way to stay by the beach, stop for quick dips, and enjoy people watching. Hikers and bikers still get panoramic views, from the dozens of trails threading the Santa Monica Mountains. The 17-mile Paseo Miramar/Temescal Canyon Loop challenges mountain bikers with over 4,300 feet of total climbing, with the toughest segments generously cooled by the ocean breeze. The Lemming Trail offers hikers 12 miles of strenuous terrain stretching from Tarzana to Temescal and the Pacific.

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