Struggling to choose between city break and beach holiday? There’s no need. Santa Monica incorporates everything you love about the classic Southern California seaside town with a vibrant cityscape️.
Known as Los Angeles’ premier beach city, Santa Monica is a charming waterside escape with all of the culture, events, and urban amenities of a bustling metropolis.
At just 8.3 square miles, the city is home to eight very walkable neighbourhoods along with 41 hotels and attractions including the Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Pier. Santa Monica is the quintessential beach town, offering a balance of seaside charm and coastal sophistication with a dash of big city attitude mixed in for good measure.
Looking to get away from it all, without really, well, getting away from it all? Soothe your mind, body, and soul at Santa Monica Beach: with large expanses of coastline, bike trails and other nearby activities, the area has everything you’re looking for. Elsewhere, presiding over the sandy seaboard is the iconic Santa Monica Pier, a landmark for the beach and the city, featuring an amusement park, aquarium, shopping, restaurants and more.
Health is wealth
In a rapidly changing world, Santa Monica’s continued emphasis on wellness and health, both physical and mental, is more relevant than ever. With dozens of green spaces, state-of-the-art gyms, fitness classes and spas for self-care, the city enables locals and visitors alike to prioritise wellness in ways that few other destinations can. Find your fit in the birthplace of beach volleyball with toes-in-the-sand fitness classes; unwind and ground yourself with organic treatments at nationally-recognised spas; and recharge with a variety of fresh, locally sourced and healthy fare.
Santa Monica blends natural beauty, award-winning dining and famed shopping options
From street art and theatres to ceramics studios and numerous galleries, Santa Monica has long been a hub for creatives and culture in Greater Los Angeles, emphasising the importance of creativity across its many world-class venues. Experience more than 150 murals adorning Santa Monica streets; spend the day at Bergamot Station, a former railroad station complex that is now home to some 30 art galleries and counting; or catch a concert or dance performance at the BroadStage, which in previous years has hosted such names as actress Helen Hunt, flautist Sir James Galway and New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Dish it out
Dining in Santa Monica is more than a meal – it’s a special-occasion experience. Visitors and locals alike come to Santa Monica seeking its best food and find renowned restaurants and top-notch chefs peppered throughout the city. Santa Monica is particularly appealing to master chefs and cooks because of its prime location within Los Angeles, its adventurous clientele, and its access to the freshest ingredients at the farmers’ market. And, of course, the year-round sunshine and temperate climate mean al-fresco dining is always on the menu.
Los Angeles’ beach cities have no shortage of beachfront hotels. But none of them offer better value than the hotels in Santa Monica, California. Santa Monica’s shoreline is dotted with luxury stays offering direct ocean access as well as walkability to lively restaurants and bars with great views and laid-back patios. More than half of Santa Monica’s hotels are located just a couple blocks from the ocean.
Top of the shops
The blend of Santa Monica’s natural beauty, award-winning dining and famed shopping options, all on one of California’s most iconic stretches of shoreline, offers a truly laidback luxury experience. Santa Monica’s shopping scene is one not to be missed. With Santa Monica Place housing luxury brands such as Coach and Tiffany & Co, it’s a shopper’s paradise.
Book your trip
There’s never been a better time to book a getaway to Santa Monica, with great itineraries put together by some excellent operators.