International Chess Park on 0212 2008

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Santa Monica’s outdoor chess facility is Washington Square Park west — only at the beach with an ocean breeze. And within steps of Hot Dog Stick. Geek heaven. Lots of chessboard-inlayed tables mean you can always get your game on here. Plus, there’s generally a lot to feast your eyes on while waiting for your rival to decide on his or her next move. Don’t forget your sunblock.

Perry’s Café & Rentals (end of Hollister Ave) on 0212 2008

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Perry’s will hook you up. And it’s to this location that all you fledgling bladers should come for a lesson with the incomparable Debbie Merrill.

Drum Circle On-Deck Circle on 0212 2008

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In the hours leading up to a full-fledged drum circle there’s often a warm up—a drum circle on-deck-circle—taking place on a beach-side grassy knoll near Ocean Front Walk and Breeze Ave. There you’ll find an assortment of rhythm-crazy revelers, conga players and bongo beaters. Lots of folks who march to the beat of a different drum as you’d expect at a Venice Beach drum come together.

The Galley on 0212 2008

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Before there was surf ‘n turf there was steak & seafood.

Surf Liquor on 0212 2008

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Classic name, classic sign, same old merch. But nice when you need to show up with a bottle of wine.

Hot Dog on a Stick on 0212 2008

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I prefer the shorter Hot Dog Stick (see signage). This fire-engine-red wiener and lemonade stand is classic Santa Monica boardwalk. Can’t vouch for the wieners…I don’t eat no swine.

Beach Volleyball Nets (Ocean Park) on 0212 2008

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Beach volleyball is big in southern Cal and the stretch of sand between Hollister and Ocean Park Blvd features a bunch of nets. They’re free, just show up and claim a net. But bring your balls. And know there may be a league or special event monopolizing several nets. If your serving arm goes dead, there’s often a pick-up roller-hockey game across the bike path.

Undefeated on 0212 2008

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Well-curated sneaker collection. It would be right at home in Tokyo.

Original Muscle Beach on 0212 2008

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This historic stretch of Santa Monica beach — the original Muscle Beach — was the epicenter of the American fitness movement in it’s salad days. Now it’s a veritable cornucopia of sturdy exercise apparatuses and playground equipment. There are balance beams, chinning bars, rings and ropes. The padded play/workout areas are nice, too. There’s also gobs of playground equipment and mock rocks for children to play on, and you’ll generally see plenty of kids here going bonkers (under the watchful eyes of parents and teachers).

Main Attraction Nails and Spa on 0212 2008

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I’ve never been to the Main Attraction, but I know attractive people who have. But I don’t think it’s a spa spa.

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