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Santa Monica or Laguna Beach

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Santa Monica or Laguna Beach

We have stayed in laguna Beach in the past and loved it, we were considering Shutters hotel in Santa Monica, what is the beach like in santa monica, beach shops and restaurants?

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1. Re: Santa Monica or Laguna Beach

They are extremely different.

Laguna is a small town, with a real beach town feel, a village feel. Santa Monica is a bustling beach city. There are endless fantastic restaurants, shops, cafes, bars to walk to from Shutters - truly endless, you could spend a month and not discover them all. Shutters is one of the best hotels - anywhere - but the beach it sits on is large, busy, and very different than Laguna which is a small, narrow, peaceful, beach.

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2. Re: Santa Monica or Laguna Beach

Santa Monica is beautiful, the beach there is wide, and fantastic, but certainly it is a bit more hustle and bustle than Laguna. To start with, there's a huge pier on the beach, including a carnival that has a massive ferris wheel, merry-go-round and a roller coaster. Tons of shops and restaurants on the 3rd St. Promenade (3rd St. between Wilshire Blvd. and Broadway Ave.) and the surrounding streets, plus even more over on Main Street around Ocean Park Blvd. Shutters is an amazing hotel. So I don't think you'd go wrong in Santa Monica, but it is indeed a bit different than Laguna.

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3. Re: Santa Monica or Laguna Beach

I think you have two great responses so far that lay out the differences pretty well.

I love Laguna Beach for a lot of reasons, but as you have done it, try SaMo and get a taste of something different.

I'd also note that Santa Monica is a tale of two cities (or three). There is the high rise, busy Third Street Promenade area (north of Shutters), but there is also the laid back surf town of Main Street (south of Shutters) and then high tech Santa Monica down at Cloverfield where Yahoo and the studios are (east of Shutters).

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