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.

Gateway Hotel Santa Monica
Gateway Hotel Santa Monica
3.5 out of 5
1920 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NZ$296 per night from 27 Oct. to 27 Oct.
Located in Mid-City, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Santa Monica College, Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place. Santa Monica Pier and Original ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,531 reviews)
"nice short term stay hotel"

Reviewed on 24 Oct. 2021

Gateway Hotel Santa Monica
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
5 out of 5
1700 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NZ$533 per night from 27 Oct. to 27 Oct.
Located in Downtown Santa Monica, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within a 5-minute walk of Original Muscle Beach, Santa Monica Beach and Main ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (962 reviews)
"Very limited menu"

Reviewed on 24 Oct. 2021

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
The Huntley Hotel
The Huntley Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1111 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NZ$449 per night from 7 Nov. to 7 Nov.
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! (949 reviews)
"Excellent hotel and location in Santa Monica."

Reviewed on 24 Oct. 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.
Large Room Available in a Beautiful Victorian Manor in Santa Monica
Large Room Available in a Beautiful Victorian Manor in Santa Monica
1815 10th St, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NZ$275 per night from 1 Nov. to 1 Nov.
Located in Pico, this holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of Santa Monica College and Main Street Santa Monica. Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (68 reviews)
Great place!
"Blake was really helpful for our check in process, he let us drop food and bags off early and gave us early parking passes. The room was very clean, well decorated and fully stocked with all typical supplies. The place is also just a 15 minute walk to Muscle Beach/Santa Monica pier. Highly ..."

Reviewed on 26 Aug. 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
300 Entrada Dr, Santa Monica, CA
Located in Santa Monica Canyon, this holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Santa Monica Beach, Will Rogers State Beach and Montana Avenue. Third Street Promenade ...
5/5 Exceptional! (48 reviews)
Great for the price
"All the basics you need and more for the money. Pretty much what you see in a hotel room... but includes a toaster-oven along with microwave and mini-fridge. Hosts live on property and have two other rooms they rent as well. This is probably the smaller of the three rooms they rent, but not sure. ..."

Reviewed on 12 Oct. 2021

BEACH GUESTROOM - Private !!! Guestroom with private bathroom 3 blocks to beach
Santa Monica Beach House
Santa Monica Beach House
41 Vicente Terrace, Santa Monica, CA
Located in Downtown Santa Monica, this family-friendly Santa Monica holiday home is steps away from Santa Monica Beach and Main Street Santa Monica. Santa Monica ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (59 reviews)
Great Location!
"Stayed here for the weekend and loved the location! Felt very safe and was only a few blocks away from the pier. Easy communication with the property manager and the owner Elizabeth was incredibly nice! Only thing I wished we had to opportunity to use were the bikes which were not available for us. ..."

Reviewed on 12 Oct. 2021

Santa Monica Beach House
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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