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Santa MonicaUnited States of America

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

Surfing Golden Hour

Ocean Park

4.5/5Wonderful!(219 area reviews)

A noteworthy feature of Ocean Park is its stunning beaches. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Venice Beach and Santa Monica Beach.

Ocean Park
Santa Monica Pier featuring a marina, street scenes and signage

Downtown

4.5/5Wonderful!(431 area reviews)

While you're in Downtown, take in top sights like Santa Monica Pier and jump on the metro at Downtown Santa Monica Station to see more of the city.

Downtown
Santa Monica which includes mountains, landscape views and general coastal views

Pico

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

If you're spending time in Pico, check out sights like Third Street Promenade or Santa Monica Place and hop on the metro to see more the city at 17th Street/SMC Station or 26th Street/Bergamot Station.

Pico
Cool spot for great coffee and pastries, near the beach.

North of Wilshire

4.5/5Wonderful!(96 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in North of Wilshire, Third Street Promenade and Montana Avenue are top sights worth seeing.

North of Wilshire
Santa Monica which includes mountains, landscape views and general coastal views

Mid-City

4/5Very Good!(178 area reviews)

Even though there aren't top sights in Mid-City, you can explore the larger area and take in top sights like Third Street Promenade. Jump on the metro at 17th Street/SMC Station to see more of the city.

Mid-City
"Love isn't complicated, people are."

North of Montana

4.5/5Wonderful!(2 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in North of Montana, Santa Monica Beach and Montana Avenue are top sights worth seeing.

North of Montana

Top Hotels in Santa Monica

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1700 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$12,515 per night

Located in Downtown, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within a 5-minute walk of Original Muscle Beach and Santa Monica Beach. Santa Monica Pier ...

4.3/5Excellent! (980 reviews)

"The staff was very friendly and helpful and the rooms were clean"…"

Reviewed on 2020/7/7

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Hampton Inn & Suites Santa Monica
Hampton Inn & Suites Santa Monica
2.5 out of 5
501 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$4,688 per night

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

4.4/5Excellent! (979 reviews)

"Very friendly staff and very spacious room with a very high ceiling. Loved that it wasn’t carpeted."…"

Reviewed on 2020/7/7

Hampton Inn & Suites Santa Monica
Ocean View Hotel
Ocean View Hotel
3 out of 5
1447 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$5,271 per night

Located in Downtown, this beach hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place. Santa Monica Pier and Santa Monica Beach are ...

4.1/5Very Good! (952 reviews)

"Hotel is very clean,directly across from beach..there is restaurants and shops in walking distance...great spot"…"

Reviewed on 2020/7/7

Ocean View Hotel

Popular places to visit in Santa Monica

Santa Monica Pier
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Santa Monica Pier

4.5/5(6,622 reviews)

You'll find beachside kitsch, boardwalk ambiance and carnival fun at this sunbaked LA attraction that’s more than a hundred years old.

Santa Monica Beach
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Santa Monica Beach

4.5/5(3,352 reviews)

Located just west of downtown Los Angeles, this iconic southern California beach is a haven for swimmers, surfers, beachcombers and fitness enthusiasts. 

Third Street Promenade
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Third Street Promenade

4/5(36 reviews)

You can find the perfect gifts to bring home when you visit Third Street Promenade, a favorite shopping spot in Santa Monica. Stroll along the area's beaches or simply enjoy its restaurants.

Santa Monica Place
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Santa Monica Place

4/5(14 reviews)

You can find the perfect gifts to bring home when you visit Santa Monica Place, a favorite shopping spot in Santa Monica. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

Pacific Park
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Pacific Park

5/5(3 reviews)

Enjoy a trip to Pacific Park, a well-known attraction in Santa Monica. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

Original Muscle Beach
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Original Muscle Beach

4/5(4 reviews)

Why not spend a carefree afternoon at Original Muscle Beach during your travels in Santa Monica? Wander the seaside or discover the area's sunsets.

Reviews of Santa Monica

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4 - Good 39.908256880733944%
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3 - Okay 6.422018348623853%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Love this city, unfortunately the boardwalk wasn’t open at the time. Hopefully next time it will be.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 26, 2020

Bathroom door is heavy ad doesn't stay open. Toilet is very low even for a person like me with no disabilities.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 26, 2020

Best trip.. everything with in walking distance. Hopped on BIRD scooters and rode along bikes. The beach was very clean. Nice to see just everyone having a good time.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 23, 2020

I love Santa Monica--great food and walkable areas. I was there for medical treatment not tourism. It was convenient, safe and clean that was what mattered.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 8, 2020

friendly and felt safe

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Mar 26, 2020

In retrospect this is a fun town to spend a few hours. Wouldn't bother staying here again.

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