For us, Santa Monica is one of the absolute best places to visit if you’re ever in Los Angeles. With its cute neighborhoods, picturesque beaches, great weather and endless events, Santa Monica will definitely give you that Southern California vibes people just love.
Santa Monica means eating ice cream with churros on the pier, surfing on the beach, and going to beachside concerts for free. It means meeting people – and dogs!- as you enjoy the wind in your hair. It means reading a good book in quiet coffee shops, watching jugglers and violinists on the outdoor shopping centers, and salsa dancing with friends on the streets.
Sounds good? It definitely is. Here are some of our favorite Santa Monica attractions.
Santa Monica Pier
Visiting the pier is like traveling back in time. Retro, 1950s-esque restaurants line the wooden walkway. An old-fashioned arcade stood near a brightly-colored amusement part. Food carts and musicians fill the air with delicious smells and cheery music. Best of all, the pier hosts free concerts on summer nights and free movie screenings on fall evenings. Since it’s always crowded, we always make sure to arrive early.
Third Street Promenade
The Promenade is one of the most famous Santa Monica attractions. No question about that. With four whole blocks of pedestrian-friendly stores and restaurants, street performers, and overall great vibes, people flock there to have fun.
The promenade is also home to a lot of events, from the Santa Monica Film Festival, weekly Farmers Markets, dancing parties and cultural events.
Walking along Main Street is always a fun experience. The street is lined with boutique stores, restaurants, cafes and bars that we can’t find anywhere else. It’s a great place to go thrift shopping, to have brunch, or to just walk around.
Santa Monica Beach
This one’s obvious. Who can say no to fresh ocean air, rolling waves, and relaxing naps on the sand? Just a few blocks away from Downtown Santa Monica, the beach is the perfect place to watch the sunset after a long day of shopping and sightseeing.
Read more about our “Around LA” series!