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Santa Monica has been one of LA’s most fashionable beach cities for decades. It’s easy to see why with its famous beaches, historic pier, balmy year-round weather and a trendy crowd that frequents the many cafés, boutiques and bars.
Grab a towel and head to the well-maintained beach, which stretches for 3.5 miles (5.6 kilometers). The sand is raked daily and is shared by volleyball players, swimmers and sunbathers throughout the year.
For a bit of fun, check out the historic Santa Monica Pier where all the family will enjoy the Pacific Park amusement center. There’s also a small aquarium, shops and arcade.
Wander between the cafés, bookstores, and cinemas of the Third Street Promenade. Check out Main Street for more shops, or go celebrity watching on Montana Avenue. Admire quality top-notch art, visit the Bergamot Station Arts Center. You’ll find the Santa Monica Museum of Art as well as several other smaller galleries. In the evening, drop by the Santa Monica Playhouse for a show, then head out to choose from dozens of bars and restaurants.
From Third St Promenade head to Palisades Park. It stretches for 25 acres (10 hectares), and its treelined paths give a great view of the ocean. There are plenty of spots to picnic, read and watch the world go by.
If you feel like picking up the pace, rent a bike and go for a ride along the 22-mile (35-kilometer) Marvin Braude Bike Trail. This trail passes beneath the Santa Monica Pier and runs mostly along the Pacific Ocean.
Santa Monica is home to a sophisticated and fun crowd. You can hit the beach, party, go celebrity watching, or check out the well-developed art scene and eclectic shops.
This Los Angeles-area hotel is set across from the civic center, 2 blocks from the beach and famed Santa Monica Pier; the airport is 9 miles away.
Located steps from the Pacific Ocean and walking distance to Santa Monica’s premier attractions, including the iconic Santa Monica Pier, the original Muscle Beach, 3rd Street Promenade, and a variety of entertainment and outdoor recreation.
This 1921 Los Angeles-area hotel is perched above Santa Monica Beach, and sits at the end of Wilshire Boulevard, across from Palisades Park. Third Street Promenade is 3 blocks away.
This smoke-free Best Western is across from 2 major hospitals, a half mile from the Santa Monica Metro Expo Line, and about two miles from the Santa Monica Pier and the Third Street Promenade.
Located in the heart of Santa Monica, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Santa Monica Museum of Art and within 3 mi (5 km) of Santa Monica Pier and Santa Monica College. Santa Monica Place and Hammer Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).
This hotel is located in Santa Monica (Beach Cities), close to Original Muscle Beach, Santa Monica Pier, and Venice Beach. Also nearby are Santa Monica Place and Santa Monica College.
Located on a quiet residential street, this Los Angeles-area hotel with Art Deco façade is 2 blocks from the beach and Third Street Promenade shopping; the Santa Monica Pier is 4 blocks away.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Santa Monica hotel is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of Santa Monica Place and Santa Monica Pier. Venice Beach and Santa Monica College are also within 3 mi (5 km).