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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!(410 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!(91 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!(167 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
Gateway Hotel Santa Monica
Gateway Hotel Santa Monica
3.5 out of 5
1920 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA
NT$3,849
per night
Apr 9 - Apr 10

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

4.4/5Excellent! (1,216 reviews)

"Very close to Santa Monica pier - room was small and dark but nice."…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/27

Gateway Hotel Santa Monica
Viceroy Santa Monica
Viceroy Santa Monica
4 out of 5
1819 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
NT$10,538
per night
May 3 - May 4

This family-friendly Santa Monica hotel is located by the ocean, within a 5-minute walk of Main Street Santa Monica and Santa Monica Beach. Santa Monica Pier ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,606 reviews)

"The hotel was beautifully decorated, the service was impeccable, and it was centrally located directly across the street from Santa Monica Pier. If you’re considering this hotel, you won’t be disappointed."…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/16

Viceroy Santa Monica
Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica
Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica
4 out of 5
530 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA
NT$7,222
per night
May 3 - May 4

This family-friendly Santa Monica hotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Main Street Santa Monica and Santa Monica Beach. Third ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,699 reviews)

"Everything was great, staff, location , room, front desk, cleanliness"…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/23

Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica

Popular things to do in Santa Monica

Santa Monica Pier
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Santa Monica Pier

4.5/5(6,583 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(3,249 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

4.5/5(13 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.

Main Street Santa Monica
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Main Street Santa Monica

4/5(7 reviews)

During your trip to Santa Monica, you can search for that perfect souvenir at Main Street Santa Monica. Stroll along this family-friendly area's beaches, or simply enjoy its restaurants.

Reviews of Santa Monica

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 51.86915887850467%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 40.26479750778816%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 6.230529595015576%
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2 - Disappointing 1.2461059190031152%
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1 - Terrible 0.3894080996884735%

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.

5/5 - Excellent

Shari

Mar 18, 2020

Beautiful, clean, nice beach and friendly people!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

Nice shops

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

Unfortunately, we traveled during coronavirus so many things were closed and the weather changed every minute. We hardly saw the sun out. Besides that, Santa Monica is a great place to visit.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 13, 2020

Great place to visit - easy drive to Malibu. Go to Malibu Cafe, Malibu Ranch..........

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