Welcome to Santa Monica Beaches!

Santa Monica beaches are unforgettable.

But there are plenty of other reasons to head to Santa Monica virtually any month of the year, too!

And we'd love to share tips for finding the very best things to see and do in this vibrant California beach city we've called home since 2012.

If you're looking for a local's tips on where to stay, play, shop or surf in Santa Monica... You've come to the right place! 

This site is organized to provide you with all the information you need to plan a visit to Santa Monica, from hotels and restaurants to things to do, attractions to visit, and local events to check out during your stay.

Visiting Santa Monica Beaches

If your travel to Santa Monica is by air, the most accessible place to arrive is at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). 

While Santa Monica does have a small airport, it is primarily used for small, private planes only.  

This makes LAX the most accessible airport to arrive at from Europe and other international destinations. You'll find the best prices and flight options through this hub.

There are at least 36 nonstop flights to Santa Monica via LAX from Europe daily. Get more information on visiting Santa Monica.


All About Santa Monica Hotels: From Don't-Ask Expensive to Shoestring Budget

Cheap hotels in Santa Monica? You've probably heard about the scary price hotels in Santa Monica charge.

If you're on a limited budget, you may feel like you'll be left out in the cold (or, instead, the warmth) in Santa Monica.

While Santa Monica is famous for its expensive beach hotels, the truth is that there are cheap hotels here too - and some are even steps from the beach. Here's a look at Santa Monica hotels.



The Top 10 Things to Do

Santa Monica activities include more than just laying in the hot sun with a refreshing drink and devouring fish tacos though that is a lovely place to start and one of my favorite ways to spend the day.

Both sand and ocean are clean and beautiful here, providing the basis for a gorgeous beach day.

Besides sunning, you can get the blood flowing again biking, swimming, surfing, parasailing, paddle surfing, playing basketball and tennis ... the list goes on and on.

In short: There are plenty of Santa Monica activities to choose from that will keep even the most activity-craving of bodies busy.

Nightlife: Where to Go When the Stars are Out

Nightlife in Santa Monica is more laid-back than the scene you'll find in downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, or West Hollywood. And frankly, we like it that way.

We keep it real here (for the most part), and Santa Monica nightlife reflects that. Sure, you'll still have to queue-up occasionally  - after all, is there anywhere worth going to that isn't going to attract a good crowd?

Whether you're looking for a rooftop bar, live music, a dance club, or just a cool place in Santa Monica to hang out and grab a drink - nightlife in Santa Monica delivers. 

Aerial Overview of Santa Monica!

Our very first impression, the beaches, is still what defines Santa Monica. Here is just one example...


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