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Best of Santa Monica Guide

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Santa Monica
Everything about Santa Monica sizzles, from hundreds of funky shops and restaurants to more than three miles of white sandy beach, to the multitude of celebrities zipping into the local airport and out on Montana Avenue. The subject of popular songs, movies and television shows ("Baywatch" was one of many filmed here), the city has a vibe like no other. Hollywood haute couture meets surfer chic meets hippie casual, and somehow it all works. A word of advice: ditch the car and walk everywhere. Santa Monica is small and prides itself on being pedestrian- and environmentally friendly. You won't need wheels at the auto-free Third Street Promenade, a stroller's paradise known for its multitude of cinemas, restaurants... more Everything about Santa Monica sizzles, from hundreds of funky shops and restaurants to more than three miles of white sandy beach, to the multitude of celebrities zipping into the local airport and out on Montana Avenue. The subject of popular songs, movies and television shows ("Baywatch" was one of many filmed here), the city has a vibe like no other. Hollywood haute couture meets surfer chic meets hippie casual, and somehow it all works. A word of advice: ditch the car and walk everywhere. Santa Monica is small and prides itself on being pedestrian- and environmentally friendly. You won't need wheels at the auto-free Third Street Promenade, a stroller's paradise known for its multitude of cinemas, restaurants and street performers. Or at the famous and historic Santa Monica Pier, home to tempting smells from fast-food stalls and the solar-powered, nine-storey high Ferris wheel that has long been a symbol of the city. If your feet start to fail, hop on the electrically powered Tide Shuttle, a bus service that runs along the beach offering great views plus a ride to the artsy Bergamot Station and the Santa Monica Museum of Art, or your next spirited Santa Monica destination. less

All things to do » Things to do

26-Mile Bike Path
26-Mile Bike Path
Starting at the Santa Monica pier, this is a popular path for biking, jogging and in-line skating along the Pacific Ocean.
Attraction type: Scenic Walking Areas; Biking Trails
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Santa Monica Beach
Santa Monica Beach
This popular beach is a favorite among television and movie producers.
Attraction type: Beaches; Nature & Wildlife Areas; State Parks
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Third Street Promenade
Third Street Promenade
Owner description: A moviegoer's haven, this colorful three-block stretch, open to pedestrians only, has some 20 movie theater screens, hundreds of stores, numerous restaurants, animal topiaries and... more Owner description: A moviegoer's haven, this colorful three-block stretch, open to pedestrians only, has some 20 movie theater screens, hundreds of stores, numerous restaurants, animal topiaries and street entertainment running the gamut from dancers to fortune tellers. less
Attraction type: Theatres; Shopping Malls; Points of Interest & Landmarks;
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Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier
Owner description: This bustling wooden wharf is the place to be, with its eateries, shops, high-tech arcade, roller coaster, giant Ferris wheel and other rides, famous 1922 indoor merry-go-round... more Owner description: This bustling wooden wharf is the place to be, with its eateries, shops, high-tech arcade, roller coaster, giant Ferris wheel and other rides, famous 1922 indoor merry-go-round and fantastic views of the bay and the mountains. less
Attraction type: Historic Walking Areas; Piers & Boardwalks; Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Ocean Avenue
Ocean Avenue
Attraction type: Historic Walking Areas
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All places to eat » Places to eat

True Food Kitchen
True Food Kitchen
Ranked #1 of 705 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
Good for: Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Fritto Misto
Fritto Misto
Ranked #2 of 705 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Price:
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Hillstone Restaurant
Hillstone Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 705 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Price: US$41 - US$80
Cuisines: American, Sushi
Good for: Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Urth Caffe
Urth Caffe
Ranked #4 of 705 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Cuisines: American, Cafe, Healthy
Good for: Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
The Misfit Restaurant & Bar
The Misfit Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #5 of 705 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Cuisines: American, Bar, Contemporary
Good for: Romantic, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodation » Where to stay - Budget

Sea Shore Motel
2.0 of 5
Sea Shore Motel
US$110 - US$275
Ranked #13 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
Travelodge Santa Monica
2.5 of 5
Travelodge Santa Monica
US$144 - US$240
Ranked #15 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
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Gateway Hotel Santa Monica
2.5 of 5
Gateway Hotel Santa Monica
US$189 - US$314
Ranked #17 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Midrange

Channel Road Inn - A Four Sisters Inn
4.0 of 5
Channel Road Inn - A Four Sisters Inn
US$260 - US$402
Ranked #1 of 3 Santa Monica B&B and Inns
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Shore Hotel
4.0 of 5
Shore Hotel
US$321 - US$613
Ranked #1 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
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Palihouse Santa Monica
3.5 of 5
Palihouse Santa Monica
US$324 - US$524
Ranked #2 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Luxury

Oceana Beach Club Hotel
4.0 of 5
Oceana Beach Club Hotel
US$458 - US$779
Ranked #3 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
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Huntley Santa Monica Beach
4.5 of 5
Huntley Santa Monica Beach
US$370 - US$584
Ranked #4 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
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Casa del Mar
5.0 of 5
Casa del Mar
US$493 - US$832
Ranked #5 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
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