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    Freezing August

    by solopes Updated Sep 26, 2012

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    We arrived at Santa Monica in the afternoon of August the 4th, thinking on parking and swimming immediately.

    Well, well, well.
    Ninety per cent of our winter is not so cold. Never mind, I'll do it tomorrow in Venice. But what can we do in a chilly and empty beach? Take an ashamed photo, and move. Let's go.

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  • Atlantic?

    by cityslciker Written Jan 5, 2012

    I just wanted to point out that Santa Monica is not surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on its fourth side but rather the Pacific Ocean. Try and make sure you know your geography next time you post something that pertains to it.

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    SANTA MONICA

    by MM212 Updated Sep 26, 2011

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    The famous Santa Monica Pier, Feb 2011
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    Officially an independent city, Santa Monica is surrounded by the City of Los Angeles on three sides. The fourth side is along the Atlantic Ocean, which provides Santa Monica with its scenic beachfront. This is my favourite neighbourhood in the Los Angeles area, not only because of its picturesque beaches, but also for its great restaurants and casual atmosphere. Things to see and do include:
    1- The Santa Monica Pier;
    2- 3rd Street Promenade and its shops;
    3- Ocean Avenue;
    4- Montana Ave;
    5- and the Beach, of course.

    For more, check out my separate page on Santa Monica

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    Main Street in Santa Monica

    by butterfly_girl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    One of my favorite spots in LA is Main Street in Santa Monica. It is a fun place to walk around or sit in a coffee shop. There are lots of restaurants and bars and it's a great place to people watch. It is only a few blocks from the beach too. Check out the weblink below for additional information.

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  • Watch a Celebrity Basketball Game

    by n.eleague Written Apr 25, 2010

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    Are you visiting LA and asking yourself why you haven’t seen more celebrities? Are you wondering what they look like without the benefit of 5 hours of make-up?

    If so, come to the E League Playoffs and blow out your celebrity sighting count! E League is a private, invitation-only, professionally run basketball league featuring some of the most elite names in the entertainment industry. We are opening up the games to the public just for the playoffs and Super Saturday. This is your one chance to be just feet away from your favorite stars!

    You can finally answer the burning questions you’ve always pondered…

    Which Superman is truly better? …… We have Dean Cain posting up against Brandon Routh.

    Is R&B, Rap, or Rock really dominant? …. We have music stars such as Brian McKnight, Jamie Foxx, Common and Lifehouse facing off.

    How hot are Taye Diggs or Geoff Stultz REALLY in person? Do One Tree Hill stars truly know how to ball? Are you better off with Ted or Chuck?

    Want to see your reality stars with the cameras off? Be part of the excitement! Check out website for more details!

    www.eleague.ning.com
    http://www.eventbee.com/view/eleague

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    Santa Monica

    by mindcrime Written Feb 3, 2010

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    I have to admit that we would prefer to overnight in Santa Monica as it is a small coastal town with charming atmosphere. But we just stayed for some hours the day we visited Venice, actually we walked along the Venice beach till we reached Santa Monica Pier. There is an amusement park there (pic 1) where your kids will have fun for sure with the carousel(a big merry-go-round that dates back to the 40s) and other items that kids love usually. We were already tired of walking for hours under the sun so we preferred to skip the rides here and looked for something to eat.

    There are many restaurants in Santa Monica but definitely the most popular area is the 3rd Street (pic 2), a pedestrian street full of shops, cafes and restaurants, cheap and expensive so it’s up to you where you will stop. On Main street you can find the Santa Monica Visitor Center, they will provide you with a simple map and lot of suggest what to see around here and what buses you need to get away. Main street houses many galleries, craft shops and restaurants by the way.

    I wish they had told me about the Black & White Biplanes though, a company that offers plane tours, its kind of expensive ($350 for 30’ in the air, 2 persons price) but I would love to see LA from the air (www.blackandwhitebiplane.com/).

    Back to the Pier you can visit the Aquarium, enjoy the white sand of the beach and get the tan from the burning sun. Santa Monica was already a holiday region since the end of 19th century by the way. As in Venice we saw many people jogging or bicycling while other were taking their first surf lessons.

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    Santa Monica Visitor Information

    by santamonicatraveler2 Written Jun 11, 2009

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    One of the best sources for Santa Monica visitor information is the Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau website at http://www.santamonica.com/visitors

    If you are actually in Santa Monica you can get Santa Monica visitor information at the Santa Monica Visitor Center on Main Street, the Santa Monica Visitor information cart on the Third Street Promenade, or the Santa Monica Visitor Information Kiosk in Palisades Park. They provide Santa Monica tourist info on bus schedules, sightseeing, special events, and lots of Santa Monica visitor attractions.

    If you are looking for offline Santa Monica visitors information you can get the Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau's Santa Monica Visitor Guide. It has all the information you need about the city and Santa Monica visitor attractions. The Santa Monica visitor guide also has bonus sections like Milestones, Town Tidbits, Public Art Alerts and I Am Santa Monica testimonials from the locals.

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  • Open-cockpit Biplane Ride at Santa Monica

    by WYMF Written Sep 12, 2008

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    There's only one licensed Air Tour company operating at Santa Monica's beautiful airport. Black & White Biplane flies a pristine Waco biplane, and two passengers sit side-by-side in the front cockpit. Two passengers fly for the price of one. The ride is thrilling and joyous. If the beach isn't fogged in, the best ride is up the coastline past the Venice and Santa Monica Beaches, the Santa Monica and Malibu Piers. You see the surfers, you see the backyards of the homes of the celebrities and moguls that line the beach, the sailboats, the Queen Mary at dock, even the occasional shark or whale if you're lucky. Because of seasonal fogging, that ride isn't always available, but when it isn't, the spectacular alternative is orbiting the Downtown skyscrapers, the Griffith Observatory, the Hollywood Sign (you can never, ever see it better than this - what great pictures you get), Sunset Strip and Beverly Hills. The ride is thrilling and joyful - it leaves you smiling and with a memory that lasts.

    The airplane is a beautiful classic biplane of the highest quality. it's like a flying Rolls-Royce. It's a gleaming black-and-white 1935 model airplane, but built in modern times and fully FAA-certified and licensed. It's super-safe and the pilot is very experienced and a great host. Also worth noting is that Black & White Biplane is a green company. They were written up for being the first small aviation company to buy carbon offsets so that the rides they offer are carbon-neutral.

    You only pay for the time in the air, but you can take all the time you need to make sure you get great pictures and video and learn about the airplane, and what with briefings and taxiing for takeoff, so you have to add about an hour to the flight time for the total experience.

    This has got to be the most fun and unique thing to do in Santa Monica, and it's just about a mile from the beach, 10 minutes from the Third Street Promenade, close to Venice, easy to get to from Downtown or anywhere in LA.

    Black & White Biplane operates out of Atlantic Aviation, Santa Monica's premiere aviation services company. You meet your pilot in the terminal there where most of the business caters to ultra high-end private jet traffic. It's where LA's elite travel from, and it's a cool part of the experience.

    Rides start at $395 for two people. It's a ride you'll never forget, and it gives a perspective on LA you can only get from the air. It's more romantic - and cheaper - than a helicopter tour. And there's nothing at all like open-cockpit flying.

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  • Biplane Rides on LA's West Side at Santa Monica

    by Bwaco Written Aug 13, 2008

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    Black & White Biplane flies two passengers side-by side in a gorgeous Waco open-cockpit biplane. The pilot sits in back, and two friends share the front cockpit, where the view is fantastic.

    Black & White Biplane is the only company to offer biplane rides in the heart of Los Angeles. We're located just a mile from the beach at Santa Monica Airport, close to Venice, Beverly Hills, LAX, The Third Street Promenade, the Santa Monica Pier, Malibu, Downtown, Culver City or any of the other places you'll go when visiting Los Angeles. Taking the ultimate Los Angeles tour won't take you out of your way at all. And Black & White is green - a carbon neutral company.

    First you arrive at the most exclusive terminal - Atlantic Aviation - at the most exclusive airport in America. The airplane is magnificent. It's like a flying Rolls-Royce. Everything about it is perfect. It's elegant and you sit in a wood and leather cockpit that's just like something out of the 30's.

    Though the ride is hugely thrilling, it feels completely safe. Your pilot has more than 30 years of experience and the airplane is like something out of the Smithsonian - just perfect, a flying work of art.

    The aircraft departs and you have your choice of tours. Malibu Beach, the Santa Monica Pier, the Hollywood Sign, Downtown, or south to the harbor and the Queen Mary. We'll fly over the heart of Hollywood and Sunset Strip. You'll see the lay of the land like never before, all the while thrilling at the pure joy of open-cockpit flight.

    It's an adventure and a thrill. It's romantic and makes for a perfect date. The best ride is later in the day so that you can follow it with dinner at the Typhoon, Santa Monica Airport's superb Asian restaurant, or at the Hump, one of LA's best sushi places, both of which overlook the runway. As the sun sets you'll still be basking in the afterglow of your flight.

    Come fly the Black & White Biplane for a ride you'll never forget. Gift certificates are available - these make original and unique presents. Great for dates, anniversaries, engagements or just plain fun and sightseeing.

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  • Biplane Rides on LA's West Side at Santa Monica

    by Bwaco Written Aug 13, 2008

    Black & White Biplane flies two passengers side-by side in a gorgeous Waco biplane. The pilot sits in back, and two friends share the front cockpit, where the view is fantastic.

    Black & White Biplane is the only company to offer biplane rides in the heart of Los Angeles. We're located just a mile from the beach at Santa Monica Airport, close to Venice, Beverly Hills or any of the other places you'll be when visiting Los Angeles. Taking the ultimate Los Angeles tour won't take you out of your way at all.

    First you arrive at the most exclusive terminal - Atlantic Aviation - at the most exclusive airport in America. The airplane is magnificent. It's like a flying Rolls-Royce. Everything about it is perfect. It's elegant and you sit in a wood and leather cockpit that's just like something out of the 30's.

    Though the ride is hugely thrilling, it feels completely safe. The aircraft departs and you have your choice of tours. Malibu Beach, the Hollywood Sign, Downtown, or south to the harbor and the Queen Mary. We'll fly over the heart of Hollywood and Sunset Strip. You'll see the lay of the land like never before.

    It's an adventure and a thrill. It's romantic and makes for a perfect date. The best ride is later in the day so that you can follow it with dinner at the Typhoon, Santa Monica Airport's superb Asian restaurant, or at the Hump,one of LA's best sushi places, both of which overlook the runway. As the sun sets you'll still be basking in the afterglow of your flight.

    Come fly the Black & White Biplane for a ride you'll never forget. Gift certificates are available - these make original and unique presents. Great for dates, anniversaries, engagements or just plain fun and sightseeing.

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    See the Baywatch area

    by EdinburghRoc Updated Apr 22, 2007

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    Bay Watch

    Nice shopping area, nice beach.
    I found a neat shop in the mall selling native american goods.
    This [see photo] is often seen in movies and yes Bay Watch was filmed here too.
    Santa Monica Pier is seen in lots of American movies.

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    Surf Lessons & Surf Camps

    by aquasurf Written Feb 19, 2006

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    Aqua Surf has fun, safe and amazing surf lessons and surf camps. Fun for the whole family age 4 to 84 and surf lessons are offered all year long. Positive and outgoing surf instructors with advanced oceanic knowledge.

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    Santa Monica - Holiday region since 1885.

    by Jerelis Written Aug 9, 2005

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    Relinde surrounded by the sun and palmtrees.

    Santa Monica has been a holiday region since 1885. It is a vibrant retail, dining and entertainment area in the heart of the city. Nestled on L.A.'s fashionable Westside, just seconds from the Pacific Ocean, the area had become a symbol of the Southern California lifestyle at its finest. The air is cleaner and it's a bit cooler than the rest of LA.

    For us it was a very nice place to stay. The sand on the beach was beautifully white and there was enough entertainment and lots of places to go to.

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    Surf Academy lessons

    by ArizonaBay Written Jul 1, 2005
    Our class on Santa Monica beach

    For $50 you'll get all the basics, from how to paddle out to how to stand up on the board. Wetsuits and rashguards are provided, as well as a training board (soft foam covering so you don't smash your face). Tons of fun, with a 5-1 maximum student-teacher ratio. Great class, highly recommended.

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    Santa Monica Beach

    by lisa_lise Updated Apr 3, 2005

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    Building on Santa Monica Beach

    This shouldn’t be missed. We went on a beautiful morning—air 73 degrees, water 62 degrees, and a group of tiny schoolchildren sifting seashells on the beach just behind us.

    If money were made in the form of a building, it would look like this one on Santa Monica Beach.

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