Santa Monica

Travel Guide
Santa Monica

An up-market city home to surfers, students, and celebrities, this is where to enjoy one of the famous beaches, a historic pier and great nightlife of the Los Angeles area.

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.

An up-market city home to surfers, students, and celebrities, this is where to enjoy one of the famous beaches, a historic pier and great nightlife of the Los Angeles area.

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.

Where to stay in Santa Monica

Gateway Hotel Santa Monica
Gateway Hotel Santa Monica
3.5 out of 5
1920 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA, 90404
The price is £244 per night from 26 Jun to 27 Jun
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Santa Monica. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,487 reviews)
"Didn't like that there was no attached gym (it's in another building). No convenient running paths."

Reviewed on 15 Jun 2022

Gateway Hotel Santa Monica
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
5 out of 5
1700 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
The price is £438 per night from 26 Jun to 27 Jun
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Santa Monica. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (967 reviews)
"Great stay. Cleaning lady didn't wear a mask"

Reviewed on 17 Jun 2022

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
The Huntley Hotel
The Huntley Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1111 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA, 90403
The price is £329 per night from 26 Jun to 27 Jun
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Santa Monica. Enjoy breakfast, WiFi and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,052 reviews)
"Great"

Reviewed on 14 Jun 2022

The Huntley Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Private Flower Garden Guest House with a tree house and waterfall koi pond
Private Flower Garden Guest House with a tree house and waterfall koi pond
Santa Monica, CA
The price is £616 per night from 8 Jul to 9 Jul
Stay at this cottage in Santa Monica. Enjoy WiFi, on-site parking and a garden. Popular attractions Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach are located nearby. Discover ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (23 reviews)
Nice property and friendly owner
"The property is consistent with the pictures. Staying at the house is much better than at hotel. Linda is very friendly and make things easy and smooth."

Reviewed on 20 Jun 2022

Private Flower Garden Guest House with a tree house and waterfall koi pond
The Sunset on Terrace #5
The Sunset on Terrace #5
Santa Monica, CA
Stay at this property in Santa Monica. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a TV. Popular attractions Santa Monica Pier and Santa Monica Beach are located nearby. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Bright and clean
"Perfect location to beach, bars, restaurants, and shopping. Easy to access. We will be back"

Reviewed on 26 May 2022

The Sunset on Terrace #5
Santa Monica Beach House
Santa Monica Beach House
Santa Monica, CA
Stay at this family-friendly holiday home in Santa Monica. Enjoy WiFi, on-site parking and an in-room DVD player. Popular attractions Santa Monica Pier and Santa ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (73 reviews)
Outstanding!
"Wow! An absolutely lovely property and a very kind and responsive host. The location is unbeatable and the place is so very cute. I had a magical time here with my friend and I am so grateful for all the help from the host!"

Reviewed on 11 Jun 2022

Santa Monica Beach House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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