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Santa Monica, California 90401 USA
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Local Fitness Activities

Viceroy Santa Monica understands the importance of maintaining physical fitness and well-being while traveling for business or visiting the city for leisure. Some alternative fitness activities that Santa Monica offers: 

Running & Walking

With an average of 281 sunny days a year, Santa Monica is the perfect place for outdoor exercise. And, with a plethora of great options to choose from — biking, surfing and paddleboarding to name a few — it’s easy to overlook the most basic activities, like walking and running. A shame, because Santa Monica has some truly incredible spots for these innate exercises, especially on the beach. Affording wide, sweeping vistas of the Pacific and the majestic Malibu coast, the trail that parallels the ocean is ideal for long runs and walks.

The area boasts other trails too that, though not on the beach, can be equally as beautiful. Often comprised of hills, many of the other Santa Monica running trails offer up spectacular views of the Pier, Malibu, and the Pacific, as well as a gentle ocean breeze.

Biking in Southern California

Included in the Guest Amenity Fee, guests are invited to cruise around Santa Monica and the surrounding area on our new fleet of Priority Bikes. Founded through a Kickstarter fund online in July 2014, these sleek and stylish bikes are perfect for an afternoon of meandering around Los Angeles’ Westside.  From cruising up and down The Strand to shop hopping on Abbot Kinney, live like a local from the seat of our unique bikes!

In conjunction with Priority Bikes, we've created a curated map of hotspots to enjoy while you explore the city and cultural enclaves of Santa Monica. Each stop is a personal recommendation for a favorite shop, coffee house or sight to see.

Click here to download our Bike Map

More Hotspots & Tips from the Concierge...

0.1 mi – The Strand Bike Path
A 22 mile stretch of ocean front paved path, great for runners and bikers

0.8 mi – Third Street Promenade
Great for an afternoon snack and shopping 

0.5 mi – Santa Monica Pier
Park your bike and ride the Ferris wheel for sweeping views of the city 

2.1 mi – Venice Beach
People watch and purchase locally crafted nick-knacks 

2.6 mi – Abbot Kinney
Window-shop the trendy boutiques or dine at the latest pop up 

2.8 mi – Venice Canals
Park the bikes and stroll through the quaint neighborhoods of Venice 

*Bike rentals are included in guest amenity fee. Limit two bikes per guestroom. Locks and helmets are provided. Bikes are based on availability.

Santa Monica Surfing Lessons

There's no better place to feel the surf in your face and your toes in the sand than Southern California’s beaches. While staying at Viceroy Santa Monica, you can finally take those surf lessons you've been thinking about and learn tips and tricks from local pros. Experience personalized surf instruction on the beach with private or group classes and feel confident surfing in Santa Monica.

While surf shops abound on the Pacific Coast Highway, Viceroy Santa Monica recommends:


In recent years, paddleboarding has gained a lot of traction and it’s no wonder why. Relatively easy for anyone to do, the activity lures those of all age ranges — from 3 to 93 — and touts incredible health benefits, including improved balance, increased strength and stress reduction. The Pacific Coast Highway is punctuated by shops where you can not only rent Paddleboards, but take lessons too. Please contact our concierge at (310) 260-7500 or click here

Muscle Beach

Established as part of a refurbishment in 1934, Muscle Beach is said to be the birthplace of 20th century’s physical fitness boom. While its location is enough to attract beach-goers, the City of Santa Monica created the area as a recreation and athletics center, luring athletes who enjoyed outdoor gymnastics and wrestling. This unique setting became the place for the budding Hollywood film industry to seek stunt people and actors, leading to its international fame. 

When Muscle Beach was temporarily closed in 1959, it’s sibling, Muscle Beach Venice, arrived.  A small, spartan weight pen was built initially, and now the site is home to a large facility, which is marked by a huge concrete barbell on the roof.

Today, the original Muscle Beach Santa Monica features gymnastic equipment, including parallel bars, rings, swings and ropes, which are enjoyed by kids and adults alike. 

Trapeze School at Santa Monica Pier

Have dreams of flying? Make them a reality with the Trapeze School New York at Santa Monica Pier! While looking out at the waves lapping against the beach, you can enjoy an adrenaline rush unlike any other. Regardless of fitness level or background, these exhilarating classes offer an exciting aerial workout in a safe environment.

Every step of the way, expert instructors will guide you in building a foundation of skills, including taking off smoothly, the basics of knee-hanging and fun tricks. Two classes are offered — Flying Trapeze classes, which run for 2 hours, and Trampoline and Silks classes, which run for one.