Santa Monica is a favorite stomping ground of celebrities who flock to the city for its great restaurants, shopping, and A-list attractions.
Many celebrities live either in Santa Monica or in the surrounding areas, and visit the Third Street Promenade, the weekly farmer's markets, and Santa Monica beaches and restaurants frequently.
And they're the ones often singing Santa Monica's praises, looking to "keep it local" as seen in the Instagram post below by Ali Larter:
Because Santa Monica is so close to the hub of movie-making - Hollywood! - the A-list, whether they live in Los Angeles or are visiting during a shoot, can often be seen enjoying all things Santa Monica, as seen by this Instagram post from Miranda Kerr:
Miranda Kerr, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck, Reese Witherspoon, Sean Penn, Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian and Kayne West are among the most frequent celebrity visitors to Santa Monica.
Santa Monica's top shelf restaurants are a big draw, as you'll see below as Taylor Swift heads to dinner at Giorgio Baldi restaurant:
Because there's so much to do in Santa Monica with special events that vary from season to season and year-round agreeable weather, there's always a good reason for the A-list - or anyone, for that matter - to visit:
I can't blame all these famous faces for coming to Santa Monica. And for the record, those celebrities I've met and come to know here are at their best - happy, relaxed, and enjoying their downtime on the beach or at their favorite haunts - in Santa Monica.
They go to Cannes to be seen, but they come to Santa Monica to escape the celebrity treadmill, to relax, and to enjoy the world-class dining, agreeable weather year round, and of course, the beaches - all without the fuss of their usual on-camera lives.
It is, after all, what Santa Monica is known for - a place where you can be yourself. No fuss, no drama, but plenty of low-key places to chill and have fun.