Santa Monica Overview
You’ve seen its iconic pier and golden beaches in countless films, TV programmes and music videos. You know Santa Monica, even if only on screen. Set along a beautiful 3.5-mile stretch of coastline with wide beaches and perpetually blue skies, Santa Monica has abundant farmers’ markets, a famous pier where you can visit the official end of Route 66, a hip food and arts scene and laid-back locals. Cool, coastal and captivating, it’s the perfect beach stay and add-on to your perfectly tailored road-trip or escorted coach and/or rail tour.
Santa Monica is where the city meets the sea. And whether you’re an urban sophisticate or a surfer, or a combination of the two, Santa Monica is an endlessly compelling city: beautiful, creative, stylish, and a haven for outdoor recreation.
Boasting a hometown vibe, you’ll find vibrant galleries, museums, theatres and restaurants here, as well as the famous and original, Muscle Beach. Shopping in Santa Monica rivals nearby Beverly Hills due to its variety of offerings; from one-of-a-kind artwork and boutiques along main street to iconic skater labels and straight off the runway styles, there is something for everyone. Third Street Promenade has an upbeat scene with local musicians and entertainers, hosting name brand clothing, while Santa Monica Place offers dozens of specialty stores and a rooftop dining deck with gorgeous ocean views.
Santa Monica is family friendly and for some fresh-air fun, ride the Ferris wheel on Santa Monica pier and enjoy the wide expanse of Santa Monica beach. Hire bikes and cycle the Marvin Braude Bike Trail, known also as The Strand, that journeys along 22-miles through Venice, Hermosa and Redondo beach.
No matter what you do in this city, where art, nature, and urban excitement all converge, you’ll quickly discover that Santa Monica is as inspirational as it is irresistible.
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