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Discover holidays in Santa Monica
This is Santa Monica: Los Angeles’ Beach City
Set along a beautiful 3.5-mile stretch of coastline, Santa Monica blends an unmistakable California beach town vibe with touches of Riviera-style romance and Hollywood glamour to create a destination that is truly like nowhere else in the world.
Santa Monica is where the city meets the sea. And whether you’re an urban sophisticate or a surfer, or a combination of the two, Santa Monica is an endlessly compelling city: beautiful, creative, stylish, and haven for outdoor recreation.
Spend time here and you’ll quickly discover just how much Santa Monica packs into its compact, easily explored area. Along the oceanfront, you’ll find world-class hotels, celebrated restaurants, and real neighborhoods loaded with character. You can bike for hours, learn to surf, or simply take time to rejuvenate your body and mind.
The city has also been an artistic center for Southern California for generations, and a remarkable 43 percent of local residents work in creative businesses believed to be the largest concentration in any American city. With more than 120 galleries, public art installations, theatres, and museums, you’ll find culture everywhere.
A longtime hub for the entertainment industry, the city has seen a recent wave of tech and Internet start-ups, so many in fact, that Santa Monica has earned the nickname, “Silicon Beach.”
The city’s celebrity clientele has encouraged clothing and interior designers to set up shop in retail areas such as downtown (honoured as one of America’s best downtowns by Forbes), Santa Monica Place, Montana Avenue, and Main Street.
No matter what you do in this city, where art, nature, and urban excitement all converge, you’ll quickly discover that Santa Monica is as inspirational as it is irresistible.
Best time to visit: Summer, when there’s no rain and it’s pleasantly warm.
Santa Monica Airport (SMO) is about two miles from the Pacific Ocean and about six miles north of LAX.
The long, wide expanse of Santa Monica Beach is set aside from other beaches along the same coastline by the sheer range of activities that can be enjoyed. Both sand and sea are clean and beautiful, allowing for great sunbathing, swimming and surfing. But that’s not all... Enjoy a bike ride with the sound of the waves in your ears, indulge in some seaside chess, get involved in a game of beach volleyball or simply enjoy one of the many outdoor activities offered at the local beach house. And after a day out, be sure not to miss the stunning Santa Monica sunset.
One of the most iconic attractions in Santa Monica, the solar-powered red and yellow Ferris wheel is the symbol of the city. The Pier offers an amusement park with a selection of restaurants, bars, and souvenir shops as well as an arcade packed with games. By day enjoy the buzz on the Pier with street performers and cotton candy sellers and then enjoy the views of Malibu and the South Bay in the evening.
Whether you prefer high street brands or haute couture, you’ll find it here. But the real highlight of shopping in Santa Monica is the independent boutiques that reflect the city’s casually sophisticated style. From the quaint little shops of Montana Avenue, to the glittering storefronts of Bloomingdale’s, there is something to suit everyone’s style.