Santa Monica, CA

Travel Guide
Santa Monica Pier featuring general coastal views, a sunset and a sandy beach
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

The Huntley Hotel
The Huntley Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1111 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA, 90403
The price is $349 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Santa Monica. Enjoy breakfast, WiFi, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,068 reviews)
"Very comfortable stay."

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2022

The Huntley Hotel
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
5 out of 5
1700 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
The price is $425 per night from Aug 31 to Sep 1
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Santa Monica. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,002 reviews)
"The stuff is very nice . The view is beautiful , very convenience , one hour free bike service ."

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2022

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Viceroy Santa Monica
Viceroy Santa Monica
4 out of 5
1819 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
The price is $351 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
Stay at this 4-star boutique hotel in Santa Monica. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,001 reviews)
"The staff here is OUTSTANDING!!! They will do anything to make you feel welcome!!"

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

Viceroy Santa Monica
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Lovely Spacious Patio Guestroom with Beautiful Deck and Hot Tub
Lovely Spacious Patio Guestroom with Beautiful Deck and Hot Tub
Santa Monica, CA
The price is $124 per night from Sep 14 to Sep 15
Stay at this apartment in Santa Monica. Enjoy WiFi, a spa tub, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the family amenities in our reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (158 reviews)
Comfortable and homey
"Absolutely loved staying here. The owners were so thoughtful and kind. Will definitely stay here again if i have a need to come to Santa Monica."

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2022

Lovely Spacious Patio Guestroom with Beautiful Deck and Hot Tub
Santa Monica Beach House
Santa Monica Beach House
Santa Monica, CA
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Santa Monica. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and an in-room DVD player. Popular attractions Santa Monica Pier and ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (78 reviews)
Review at SM
"Our stay in Santa Monica was lovely. The apartment was quaint and well maintained. The location was ideal. We hope to stay here again."

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2022

Santa Monica Beach House
Large Room Available in a Beautiful Victorian Manor in Santa Monica
Large Room Available in a Beautiful Victorian Manor in Santa Monica
Santa Monica, CA
The price is $149 per night from Sep 6 to Sep 7
Stay at this vacation home in Santa Monica. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the quiet rooms in our ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (96 reviews)
Wonderful Space!
"We had a wonderful stay with Blake last week. The room was so comfortable, and there were so many thoughtful touches like guide books and information to make our stay better. The instructions were very clear and check in was stess-free! We would definitely stay here again if we are in the area."

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

Large Room Available in a Beautiful Victorian Manor in Santa Monica
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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