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How to park at your favorite birding beach for (almost) free

March 6, 2014

This isn’t for everyone. Mature audiences only! Children need not apply.

But….did you know that if you are privileged to have passed your 62nd birthday that the City of Santa Monica and the County of Los Angeles will pay for your beach parking– that otherwise can cost up to $12 in summer? There are some conditions, such as no parking next to the pier in SM, and no weekend parking in County lots. However, the conditions do allow for a lot (excuse the pun) of free parking. I use it often when counting plovers at Zuma Beach (County), parking in the Marina del Rey area or monitoring at Dockweiler’s plover beach. This is the best time to sign up for the Santa Monica pass, since the renewal date is March 31st and there are a relatively limited number of passes available annually. Below are the keywords to Google the pages with detailed information, office hours, administrative fees etc.

If you can’t find the pages, send me an email to and I’ll send you all the instructions via email. Enjoy the birds and respect the beach!

los angeles county beaches senior parking permits

city of santa monica senior beach permit

P.S. These don’t cover Malibu Lagoon and other State Parks sites nor a few leased and private lots up and down the coast in commercial districts. The L.A. County pass comes with a detailed list of eligible lots.


One Comment
  1. Karen&Doug Kirk permalink
    March 6, 2014 1:11 pm

    Thanks so much for passing on this great information.

    Karen & Doug Kirk


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