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What are the best places to visit in Santa Monica?

We have all the latest sightseeing tips for your next trip to Santa Monica. Grab your travel diary and get ready to start topping up that itinerary.

If you're planning to stay in Santa Monica, there's no way you'll be able to miss out on Santa Monica Pier. This iconic attraction lures visitors from all around the world. Ready to see what all the fuss is about?

Santa Monica College has long been fertile ground for fresh ideas, visionary research and future leaders. See if you can tread through its historic halls and learn about its achievements during a guided tour. There's a great range of things to keep you busy in this destination. If you're interested in seeing where the local people go to do their shopping, visit Santa Monica Place. Have a look around and check out which stores they frequent the most. Still got some time to spare? You'll want to don your most artistic outfit if you're visiting Bergamot Station Arts Center. Facilitating a variety of performances and festivals around the year, it's a crucial part of the cultural landscape.

What are the most popular activities for a Santa Monica holiday?

The world is packed with adventure, and there are endless astounding experiences to be had when we grab our bags and go on vacation.

Your trip to Santa Monica is about to get a lot more exciting. There are loads of activities on offer, including:

For more activities, go to our Santa Monica things to do page.

What types of accommodation options are available in Santa Monica?

Whatever sort of accommodations you're looking for, Santa Monica has you sorted. With 29 properties to pick between, you're sure to find one that's ideal for your luxury getaway or cheap vacation.

If you need to keep an eye on your bank balance, why not investigate low-cost accommodations such as The Hotel California (1670 Ocean Avenue) or the Bayside Hotel (2001 Ocean Ave)? Both enjoy great reviews! Fancy options can also be found in the area, such as the Shutters on the Beach (1 Pico Blvd) and the Casa Del Mar (1910 Ocean Way). Their style, service and amenities make for a memorable vacation.

As they say in the real estate industry, location, location, location! The Viceroy Santa Monica and The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows are both within strolling distance of Santa Monica Pier. You'll certainly appreciate this when it comes time to visit this must-see attraction.

Is there an airport in Santa Monica?

Let's be honest, nobody gets excited about hanging around at the airport. However, if you start envisioning the exciting trip to Santa Monica ahead of you, it becomes a little more bearable. After all, you'll be just 7 miles to the southeast of the neighborhood center when you disembark the plane at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).




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Best Lodging Options Near Santa Monica

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Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel NT$7,354
Reviewed on 2020/5/26
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Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

1700 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA
     
    4.2 of 5
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Location was pretty good all staff members where friendly

    Shore Hotel NT$6,424
    Reviewed on 2020/5/23
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    Shore Hotel

    Shore Hotel

    1515 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
       
      4.4 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Beautiful hotel room and enjoyed the stay. Would recommend adding better cell service.

      Ocean View Hotel NT$4,053
      Reviewed on 2020/5/26
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      Ocean View Hotel

      Ocean View Hotel

      1447 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA
         
        3.8 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        It was close to the beach and bus connections, We wished for Bottled water. Staff was very friendly and helpful.

        Hotel Shangri La Santa Monica NT$6,536
        Reviewed on 2020/3/16
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        Hotel Shangri La Santa Monica

        Hotel Shangri La Santa Monica

        1301 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA
           
          4.1 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          One of my favorite spots in Santa Monica. Great views of the Santa Monica pier. The rooms are very retro and the roof bar is one of best. I would recommend everyone and anyone to try out this Hotel.

          Gateway Hotel Santa Monica NT$3,872
          Reviewed on 2020/5/26
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          Gateway Hotel Santa Monica

          Gateway Hotel Santa Monica

          1920 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA
             
            4.4 of 5
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Friendly staff, clean hotel, great location and free parking.

            Hampton Inn & Suites Santa Monica NT$5,673
            Reviewed on 2020/3/17
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            Hampton Inn & Suites Santa Monica

            Hampton Inn & Suites Santa Monica

            501 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
               
              4.4 of 5
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              great staff and friendly, odd site parking is ok - just read the signs, super close to Sana Monica pier

              Ocean Lodge Santa Monica Beach Hotel NT$3,572
              Reviewed on 2020/5/6
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              Ocean Lodge Santa Monica Beach Hotel

              Ocean Lodge Santa Monica Beach Hotel

              1667 Ocean Avenue Suite 1000, Santa Monica, CA
                 
                3.8 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Loved it , nice enough to let us check out late , felt safe needed code to get in through gates up to each floor. Peaceful, beautiful little set up .

                Oceana NT$16,510
                Reviewed on 2020/5/11
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                Oceana

                Oceana

                849 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA
                   
                  4.5 of 5
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Loved being accommodated despite COVID-19. Was a little confused about our room booking and hoped that we would be upgraded or offered more amenities since it was our honeymoon but overall great experience and would come back again.