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.

Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suites
Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suites
4 out of 5
1707 4th St, Santa Monica, CA
The price is CA $300 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Located in Downtown Santa Monica, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Main Street Santa Monica, Santa Monica Beach, and Santa Monica Place. Santa ...
4/5 Very Good! (976 reviews)
"The staff at this Hilton are extraordinary. I love staying here! Also the restaurant has really delicious food. A small menu, but everything is really fresh and yummy. Add in that it's right in the middle of all SaMo has to offer and staying here is a no brainer."

Reviewed on Jan. 8, 2022

Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suites
The Huntley Hotel
The Huntley Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1111 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $309 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21
This family-friendly Santa Monica hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Santa Monica Beach and Santa Monica Pier. Venice Beach and Abbot Kinney ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (999 reviews)
"Clean and smooth"

Reviewed on Jan. 17, 2022

The Huntley Hotel
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
5 out of 5
1700 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA
The price is CA $494 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Located in Downtown Santa Monica, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within a 5-minute walk of Original Muscle Beach and Santa Monica Beach. Santa ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (956 reviews)
"The location next to the beach is great"

Reviewed on Dec. 29, 2021

Loews Santa Monica Beach 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.
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 CA $119 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Located in Pico, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Santa Monica College and Santa Monica Place. Santa Monica Pier and Santa Monica Beach are also ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (70 reviews)
Small drawbacks
"Quiet neighborhood. The room is rather dark. Somewhat noisy occupants in the rest of the house"

Reviewed on Nov. 28, 2021

Large Room Available in a Beautiful Victorian Manor in Santa Monica
BEACH GUESTROOM - Private !!! Guestroom with private bathroom 3 blocks to beach
BEACH GUESTROOM - Private !!! Guestroom with private bathroom 3 blocks to beach
Santa Monica, CA
Located in Santa Monica Canyon, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Will Rogers State Beach and Santa Monica Beach. Third Street Promenade and Santa ...
5/5 Exceptional! (51 reviews)
Quick Stay for Concert
"My daughter and I found everything about this trip to be easy. The property is so cozy and welcoming. The neighborhood is ideal. And best of all, Len is both communicative and gracious. We'd stay again in a heartbeat."

Reviewed on Dec. 6, 2021

BEACH GUESTROOM - Private !!! Guestroom with private bathroom 3 blocks to beach
Santa Monica Beach House
Santa Monica Beach House
Santa Monica, CA
This family-friendly Santa Monica vacation home is located near the beach, just steps from Main Street Santa Monica and Santa Monica Beach. Santa Monica Pier ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (65 reviews)
Excellent!!!
"Had a wonderful time and the holidays here were greatly enriched by our stay!!"

Reviewed on Jan. 17, 2022

Santa Monica Beach House
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