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Santa MonicaUnited States of America

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.

Top hotels in Santa Monica

Gateway Hotel Santa Monica
Gateway Hotel Santa Monica
3.5 out of 5
1920 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NZ$222 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.

Located in Mid-City, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Santa Monica College, Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Beach. Santa Monica Pier and Santa ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,466 reviews)

"They are really nice, really accommodating. Great value , fair price . Good location."…"

Reviewed on 25 Dec. 2020

Gateway Hotel Santa Monica
Shore Hotel
Shore Hotel
4 out of 5
1515 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NZ$305 per night from 2 Feb. to 3 Feb.

Located in Downtown, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Santa Monica Pier and Santa Monica Beach. Venice Beach and Venice Beach Boardwalk are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (992 reviews)

"Stunning rooms with excellent customer service no complaints here"…"

Reviewed on 15 Jan. 2021

Shore Hotel
The Huntley Hotel
The Huntley Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1111 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$280 per night from 17 Jan. to 18 Jan.

This family-friendly Santa Monica hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Santa Monica Pier and Santa Monica Beach. Venice Beach and Abbot Kinney ...

4.4/5Excellent! (971 reviews)

"I would 10/10 recommend them to everyone! And have to a few people already!"…"

Reviewed on 11 Jan. 2021

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.

Holiday Rentals in Santa Monica

Santa Monica Beach Luxury Suite
Santa Monica Beach Luxury Suite
408 Palisades Ave, Santa Monica, CA

Located in North of Montana, this holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Montana Avenue and Santa Monica Beach. Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
Great Place

"These owners/property managers really thought of everything, it was a great quiet place to focus and catch up on quite a bit of work that I needed to do, very peaceful, tranquility abounds here!"…"

Reviewed on 16 Nov. 2020

Santa Monica Beach Luxury Suite
Beach Guestroom - Private !!! Guestroom With Private Bathroom 3 Blocks to Beach
Beach Guestroom - Private !!! Guestroom With Private Bathroom 3 Blocks to Beach
300 Entrada Dr, Santa Monica, CA

Located in Santa Monica Canyon, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Montana Avenue and Santa Monica Beach. Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place ...

5/5Exceptional! (32 reviews)
Great location

"The stay overall happened to turn out amazing, the first night power was out so we got a hotel but Len left us a reimbursement and picked us up from the hotel so we did not have to Uber! Location is perfect in every way, close to the beach, pier, etc. We definitely hope to return soon and we advise ..."…"

Reviewed on 5 Oct. 2020

Beach Guestroom - Private !!! Guestroom With Private Bathroom 3 Blocks to Beach
Georgeous Beach Canyon Guesthouse Steps to Santa Monica Beach
Georgeous Beach Canyon Guesthouse Steps to Santa Monica Beach
300 Entrada Dr, Santa Monica, CA

Located in Santa Monica Canyon, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Montana Avenue and Santa Monica Beach. Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (165 reviews)
Perfect Bungalow Well appointed

"Len and Jan’s guesthouse is a perfect cozy place to stay near the Santa Monica beaches. If you forgot anything, don’t worry, they’ve got you covered with essential food and household items, and everything is accessible/walkable from the house. The guesthouse is cute and comfy and clean and we loved ..."…"

Reviewed on 31 Dec. 2020

Georgeous Beach Canyon Guesthouse Steps to Santa Monica Beach
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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