Santa Monica is small, but perfectly formed! The beachfront location is very walkable with a community feel and plenty of outdoor activities. The close proximity to Los Angeles means big city entertainment is easy to dip in and out of. When you see the iconic Ferris wheel of the Santa Monica Pier, you know you’ve arrived. The pier and Pacific Ocean provide an amazing backdrop to an area packed with family-friendly activities, restaurants and shops. And of course, those views. Constructed in 1909, the storied Santa Monica Pier was the first concrete pier on the west coast. It quickly gained a reputation among locals as the best fishing spot in Santa Monica and as amusement piers grew in popularity, the infrastructure grew. It also officially marks the end of historic Route 66.
You’ll want to explore the city’s neighborhoods as each offers a distinct character all its own. The heart of downtown Santa Monica is colourful Third Street Promenade. Shop and dine al fresco in the ocean breeze whilst soaking up the vibe created by local musicians and entertainers.
Just two blocks from the beach, Main Street is full of art galleries, the weekly farmers’ market and the Santa Monica Visitor Information Center. On the north end of town, Montana Avenue is a tree-lined boulevard very European in style with luxury shopping, unique stores and popular bistros, cafes and bakeries – all with a celebrity clientele. Won’t it be fun to see who you can spot? On the southern end of Santa Monica, Pico Boulevard features attractions like Santa Monica College’s performing arts venues, the planetarium, award-winning restaurants and a huge Saturday farmers’ market.
Wherever you decide to roam, one thing is certain – Santa Monica is way more than your average beach town.
Where you stay is the heart of your holiday. Location reigns supreme but do you prefer resort facilities or unique and boutique? Historic and old world or modern and shiny?
We aim to present choices across the spectrum but there are many hundreds of places to stay and not room to feature them all. Do speak to your Bon Voyage travel consultant and click the video for our take on this important topic.
We would rate the Bellagio as one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in. Fabulous, glitzy, exciting. We loved having breakfast at the poolside café... one of our best experiences ever. If it hadn't been for you we wouldn't have had the suite or cabana and we loved them. We both agreed that the hotel was the best for us and you had suggested that so well done!Leonore & Mike Rumford