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Santa Monica
Travel Guide

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

The Huntley Hotel
The Huntley Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1111 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA
The price is Rs14,537 per night from 16 Mar to 17 Mar

This family-friendly Santa Monica hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Santa Monica Pier and Santa Monica Beach. Venice Beach and Abbot Kinney ...

4.4/5Excellent! (973 reviews)

"Tha help we’re all friendly and helpful. Everyone was polite and treated us with kindness and professionalism."…"

Reviewed on 2 Mar 2021

The Huntley Hotel
Shore Hotel
Shore Hotel
4 out of 5
1515 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
The price is Rs13,948 per night from 18 Mar to 19 Mar

Located in Downtown, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Santa Monica Pier and Santa Monica Beach. Venice Beach and Venice Beach Boardwalk are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (980 reviews)

"Right across from the Santa Monica Pier. Friendly staff. My favorite part of this hotel is the rainfall shower!!!!"…"

Reviewed on 25 Feb 2021

Shore Hotel
Gateway Hotel Santa Monica
Gateway Hotel Santa Monica
3.5 out of 5
1920 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA
The price is Rs9,420 per night from 21 Mar to 22 Mar

Located in Mid-City, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Santa Monica College, Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Beach. Santa Monica Pier and Santa ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,457 reviews)

"The courtesy and attention to detail by the hotel staff was exceptional. Everyone was so kind and thoughtful from the minute we checked in until we left. It’s a simple, no-frills hotel and may not have all the fancy amenities - but for the price, general location, cleanliness and safety, it can’t ..."…"

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2021

Gateway Hotel Santa Monica
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The Santa Monica House 1.2
The Santa Monica House 1.2
728 Pacific Street, Santa Monica, CA

Located in Ocean Park, this holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Main Street Santa Monica, Santa Monica Beach and Third Street Promenade. Santa Monica Pier ...

The Santa Monica House 1.2
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