Celebrities and Santa Monica - it's a natural pairing. Santa Monica is a favorite stomping ground of celebrities who flock here to savor the top-notch culinary fare, world-class shopping, and beachfront attractions with friends or family.
Many celebrities live either in Santa Monica or in the surrounding areas, such as Malibu, Hollywood, and Beverly Hills.
Celebrities are often out and about at the various industry awards shows that take place in Santa Monica annually.
Favorite places for celebrities in Santa Monica include the Third Street Promenade, the weekly farmer's markets, and of course, the beaches.
Because Santa Monica is so close to the hub of movie-making - Hollywood - celebrities are often called to Santa Monica for work related events. Whether visiting during a film shoot or attending an awards show, celebrities can often be seen enjoying all things Santa Monica before or after.
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.
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 Santa Monica.
For the record, those celebrities I've met around the city and come to know are at their best - happy and relaxed - here on the beach or at their favorite Santa Monica haunts.
They go to Cannes to be seen, but celebrities come to Santa Monica to escape the celebrity treadmill. Instead, it is a place for them to relax, enjoy the world-class dining, agreeable weather year round, and, of course, the beaches - all without the fuss of their normal 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.
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