There's so much to do here at the Santa Monica Pier. Rides for adults and kids, arcade games, etc. The food is good. You can choose fast food or a sit down restaurant. There's many things to look at along the pier like artists, performers, and shops. But most of all, you have the beautiful beach right there at your toes, and it's breathtaking. It's true there's a lot of homeless people around, but they're homeless, and there's a police atation on the pier, so there's really nothing to worry about. You really don't see LA unless you go to the pier!
Pros: exciting, lots to do, beautiful beach
Cons: bathrooms kinda yucky