Discover Santa Monica's gorgeous golden beaches
Santa Monica Pier at sunset
Beautiful beach houses lining Santa Monica's coast
Dus Santa Monica Mountains

Santa Monica – LA’s Beach City

Set along a beautiful 3.5 mile stretch of coastline, Santa Monica blends an unmistakable laid-back appeal of a classic California beach town with big-city sophistication to create a destination that is unlike anywhere else in the world. You get the best of everything Californian here – amazing beaches, endless sunshine, and the style and charisma of Los Angeles. This sunny beach city is perfect for those looking for a city break with beachy vibes. The eight neighbourhoods each have their own character and personality, from shopping to food offering, Santa Monica has plenty to offer.

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Discover Santa Monica

Santa Monica's compact size means that visitors can find a variety of farmers markets, wellness and dining options within walking distance of most hotels and attractions. The city is also a hub for the arts (it’s home to 130+ murals and a short drive from the iconic Getty Villa) and has an array of unique boutiques and top name brand stores.

Life here is all about the outdoors, whether you’re pedalling, swimming or strolling your way through the scenery. The blissful sunshine and stunning beach views make it ideal for relaxing amongst it all. In fact, walking is the best way to soak up the ambience here and there’s no better way to enjoy the weather. Grab a bite to eat in one of the many healthy and delicious restaurants or brunch joints, pick up a takeaway drink and head to the beach or iconic Santa Monica Pier.

So, if you do plan on staying a couple of days, take a look at our recommendations for spending 48 hours in Santa Monica that details where to stay, what to do and where to dine.

Five reasons to visit Santa Monica

  • The beaches – they are as golden and gorgeous as you’d expect so spend some time relaxing with friends and family and enjoying the atmosphere
  • Food-wise, Santa Monica has plenty to entice you with – there are fusion flavours, Californian favourites and a great blend of innovative offerings
  • Go shopping and seek out some great buys, from purse-friendly items to upscale designer buys
  • Take in the culture of Santa Monica by stopping by some of the museums, murals, galleries and architectural highlights
  • Being so close to other cities in California makes this an ideal location for multi-centre holidays – pick a few of your dream destinations and create the ultimate trip


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