Santa Monica is a favorite stomping ground of celebrities who flock here to savor the great restaurants, shopping, and A-list attractions with friends or family.
Many celebrities live either in Santa Monica or in the surrounding areas, such as Malibu, Hollywood, and Beverly Hills.
And they're the ones often singing Santa Monica's praises the loudest, 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.
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:
I can't blame all these famous faces for coming to Santa Monica. And for the record, those celebrities I've met around the city and come to know are at their best - happy, and relaxed on the beach or at their favorite haunts - in Santa Monica.
They go to Cannes to be seen,. perhaps - but celebrities come to Santa Monica to escape the celebrity treadmill. To relax, 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.