Santa Monica

Travel Guide
Santa Monica
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

Viceroy Santa Monica
Viceroy Santa Monica
4 out of 5
1819 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
The price is CA $443 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! (1,003 reviews)
"Good location, staff was friendly and customer service was great. Room and facility were clean."

Reviewed on Aug. 13, 2022

Viceroy Santa Monica
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
5 out of 5
1700 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $543 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
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! (1,007 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
The Huntley Hotel
The Huntley Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1111 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA, 90403
The price is CA $450 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! (1,071 reviews)
"Very comfortable stay."

Reviewed on Aug. 13, 2022

The Huntley Hotel
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 CA $160 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! (77 reviews)
Right by the beach!
"5 minutes to the shoreline, I went everyday. A beautiful home, well equipped kitchen and laundry room, great shower, comfy beds, beach equipment and bikes to borrow. Minor detail but I wish it was clear what was expected of us at check out."

Reviewed on Aug. 12, 2022

Santa Monica Beach House
Private Flower Garden Guest House with a tree house and waterfall koi pond
Private Flower Garden Guest House with a tree house and waterfall koi pond
Santa Monica, CA
The price is CA $185 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Stay at this cottage in Santa Monica. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach are located nearby. Discover ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (27 reviews)
Garden Oasis Extraordinaire
"Lovely spacious private cottage with comfy front porch. Enjoy a Santa Monica visit in a classic, historic property with chickens ( well kept) alongside beautiful Koi Fish pond. Linda is a gracious host and lives in front house. Her guest house has a fully stocked kitchen for meal prep galore. Just ..."

Reviewed on Aug. 6, 2022

Private Flower Garden Guest House with a tree house and waterfall koi pond
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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