About Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a city rich in tradition and diversity.
The ultimate urban beach destination - located just west of Los Angeles and famous for its excellent beaches and fine weather.
The city grew from Spanish roots in the 1600’s into a Victorian era playground in the late 1800’s and blossomed with movie star glamour in the 1920’s and beyond.
Today Santa Monica mixes all these eras and influences with a striking contemporary and unique style.
It is understandable why this seaside city, blending the charm and appeal of a coastal getaway with an unforgettable beach and the sophistication of a modern urban center, is considered the first choice as a Southern Californian beach destination.
Known for its healthy lifestyle, Santa Monica parks, beach and bike trails offer a vast assortment of outdoor recreation and activity and the city itself is situated in a compact, walk-able 8.3 square miles. This pedestrian-friendly city also boasts one of the most respected public transportation systems in the nation, making all sections of the city easily accessible and convenient, even without a vehicle.
Although the beach is the number one reason people visit Santa Monica, the area also draws families, couples, celebrities, international travellers and first-time vacationers to its world-class restaurants and first-rate shops.
Santa Monica is the center of the art world in Southern California - home to many world-renowned contemporary artists and more than 70 galleries and museums displaying art from around the world.
Santa Monica lies on the shores of the Pacific Ocean surrounded by the glamorous celebrity communities of Malibu and Pacific Palisades to the North; the relaxed enclaves of Venice and Marina del Rey to the South and Los Angeles, Century City, West Hollywood and Beverly Hills to the East.
Santa Monica is not only beautiful but is an ideal base for vacations and business trips that require quick and easy access to visitor attractions and corporate centers throughout Southern California.
It’s easy to get there but hard to leave!