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 kilometres). 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 centre. 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 Centre. 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-kilometre) 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 RM1,593 per night from 23 Oct to 24 Oct
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 their reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,006 reviews)
"The hotel is very nice, setting great, food and Bev very good also. Just starting to feel tired in some areas. Horrendous mechanical noise coming through the floor during the night."

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2022

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
5 out of 5
1700 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
The price is RM2,164 per night from 25 Oct to 26 Oct
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 their ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,002 reviews)
"The hotel staff is excellent from the moment we checked in."

Reviewed on 28 Sep 2022

The Huntley Hotel
The Huntley Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1111 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA, 90403
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM1,609 per night from 2 Oct to 3 Oct
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! (1,077 reviews)
"First time here. Staff was amazing, Nicolas the bellman was very attentive and pleasure to speak with, the rooms were impeccable, the restaurant was delicious and accommodating, a spectacular view, the room was very clean and property was well-kept. The staff sent us champagne and a fruit dish for ..."

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2022

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The Santa Monica House 1.2
The Santa Monica House 1.2
728 Pacific Street, Santa Monica, CA, 90405
Stay at this holiday home in Santa Monica. Popular attractions Santa Monica Pier and Santa Monica Beach are located nearby. Discover genuine guest reviews for ...
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