Santa Monica, Los Angeles
Santa Monica is a coastal community not far from Los Angeles. You can easily spend a day here checking out the Santa Monica Pier and it's Pacific Park amusement park, shopping at the boutiques along Main Street or 3rd St., strolling/jogging/biking along the beach, eating at one of the many restaurants.
If you want a beach view hotel, you might even consider staying in Santa Monica which is more convenient to most of the sights in LA than the LAX area.
This is the best city of the ones that form LA. Make sure you visit the 3rd street promenade. Here you will find a wide variety of shop, mostly clothes but still there are a lot of places that sell other stuff ( toy shops, panoramic pictures, etc, etc).
Also go to the pier...it's not great to be honest but worth a visit (it's near the promenade anyway).
The beach in Santa Monica is nice but I prefer places like Hermosa Beach or Huntington Beach.
Santa Monica is a separate city from its neighbor, the City of Los Angeles. It is basically a coastal city. Its charming and unique character reflects this geographical fact.
There are many reasons to visit Santa Monica. Among them are its public beaches, Third Street Promenade, and Santa Monica Pier. Even Main Street, which also has fine shops and restaurants, is worth a visit.
The Tide Shuttle Bus takes you to these attractions. Fare is only 25 cents.
By the way, if you want to hit two birds with one stone then visit nearby Venice Beach while you are in Santa Monica. Just take Big Blue Bus #1 (fare: 75 cents) in front of Santa Monica Place and get off at Windward Circle. From there, the beach is just a few blocks to the west.
Santa Monica is beautiful. This picture was taken in 3rd Street Promenade, which is a walking street with beautiful lightings, little pushing carts selling handicrafts, and performers along the street. Lovely!
found the boulevard really interesting with great shopping and also fantastic eateries. Lively atmosphere with lots of street shows in the evenings.
There are five shopping areas in Santa Monica, each with its own style and pace.
►Within the downtown center is the world famous Third Street Promenade, an open-air pedestrian promenade alive with cafés, bookstores, kiosks, cinemas, fashion boutiques and novelty shops; Santa Monica Place, an ocean-view shopping mall, designed by world-renowned architect Frank O. Gehry, with 140 unique places to buy the best of what the world has to offer; and along the surrounding streets are myriad galleries, shops and restaurants to satisfy every taste. Find everything from toys to top-designer fashions for you and your well-dressed home.
►Twelve-blocks long, Main Street combines beach casualness with an eclectic collection of galleries, jewelry and craft shops, design studios and antique collections accented by cafés, coffeehouses, and restaurants. Don’t miss the intriguing courtyards and the side-street shops just two blocks from the sand.
►The Ocean Avenue and Pier district, including Ocean Front Walk and the Santa Monica Pier is a year-round shore-side carnival with ocean side and ocean view eateries, souvenir shops, bike and surfboard rentals, an historic carousel and a brand-new by-the-sea amusement park.
►In the midst of Santa Monica’s prominent residential area is Montana Avenue where you’ll find 130 sophisticated, upscale, one-of-a-kind shops that cater to elegant taste in fashion for men, women, children and the home. This is a favored spot to sight celebrities who live nearby and frequent the world-class stores and 19 amazing restaurant.c*
Santa Monica has always been a place that I wanted to visit. Had I known it was not such a long distance away from LAX, I would have done this during my last trip to LA. This is a must see for my next trip.
Santa monica and the beaches - LA's beaches are huge! They are clean and great for people watching, most with big surf. You just have to hire a bike and follow the beach path. Good fun!
Venice - also with a great beach but also with market stools, street performers and also muscle beach where steriod lovers pump iron.
Hollywood - go see the sign, well, you cant miss it if youre in the area! Also go to the Hollywood walk of fame on Hollywood boulevard with the bronze meddalions of 2500 hollywood stars. Also, Manns Chinese theatre to grab a movie.
Beverley Hills - just drive through and look at the million dollar houses! and visit Rodeo Drive and see the thousand dollar price tags!
Universal Studios - ok for a day out. Go on the rides, probably Jurassic Park being the best, entry around $30.
Disneyland - definately for kids, I didnt enjoy it, about $30 entry.
something for the girls:-)
shopping and shopping and shopping....:-)!
but you should have time and I hadn't when I was there, so I can only guess about the prices
and I guess it will be not extremely cheap.
But I am not sure:-)
Santa Monica is a place in the Los Angeles area that actually feels like a place. That is, it has an identity, it has boundaries, it's relatively small, and - best of all - you can actually walk to get around!
Bored while waiting for your flight at the airport?Catch a bus to Santa Monica Pier, walk along the pier and have a coffee. We had about 8 hours to wait for our connecting flight before we flew home so took the opportunity to do just this.
A chance to have a look at the real LA by gazing out the window and watching LA go by! It's a great way to spend your last hours in LA.
Look up and see the sunsets. They are often wonderful, particularly in winter. This photograph has not been enhanced in any way, it's a straight shot out of my office window looking towards Santa Monica and the ocean.
The beaches and piers of Santa Monica (see photo) and Malibu are must see attractions. But even more beautiful are the beaches further south in the city. The nicest (and not so crowded ones) start south of Los Angeles International Airport. Take a map and go there.
The beach at Santa Monica is not really for sunbathing and swimming. Most days you can't get near the water for the film crews shooting the latest episode of 'Baywatch' or 'Pacific Blue'. And keep a special lookout for the guy at the beachfront café sipping his decaffeinated cappuccino, a copy of last Monday's Gazzetta dello Sport in the side pocket of his backpack, as he hunches over his laptop, sighing and deleting another unbefitting VT account. Yes, you have found the incomparable Giampiero, Arbiter of Morals, Judge of the Good, Champion of Good Taste!
Santa Monica is locate few km from Los Angeles downtown. It is a wonderful place with a fantastic beach. I see a lot of people doing jogging or bicycling.
After the madness of central LA...this is a great area with...well what it is...a seaside feel to it...relaxed and inviting.