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Santa Monica

An idyllic luxury holiday destination, Santa Monica is a beachfront city that delivers more than just sand and sea. Found in Western LA, expect to be running along the pier, hiking up mountains and devouring world-class cuisine from touchdown until departure. All this and more is why Santa Monica is sure to make your holiday hall of fame.
 
Seafood is top of the menu at this city’s culinary hotspots. Seasonal and local produce from farmer’s markets ensures your taste buds are suitably tantalised with many restaurants offering breath-taking views of the Pacific Ocean too making every meal a feast for the senses. With food and vistas this good, its hard to believe you’re not in the Mediterranean.
 
Many visitors flock to Santa Monica Beach. With five-star resorts and restaurants calling the sands home, this choice is ideal for those not wanting to travel far to experience the fantastic culture. Home to the Santa Monica Pier, families will be in their element thanks to Pacific Park. With a solar powered Ferris Wheel, Hippodrome carousel and an array of amusements on offer, visitors simply can’t get enough in this epicentre of Los Angeles life.
 
The area is also a haven of health and fitness, and no trip to Santa Monica would be complete without a trip to Muscle Beach. With the original on Santa Monica Beach and the more modern (and popular) one at Venice Beach, just a 10-minute drive away, pump some iron or simply spectate the locals… either way it’s worth a visit.
 
Alternatively, hike and trek through canyons and mountains or relax with a picnic in the lush green parks found near the pier. Be sure to check with the concierge of your hotel to find if any exclusive adventures can be had, with Temescal Canyon being a must. The Santa Monica Stairs have also become a popular venue in recent years, with many joggers taking on the challenge of the outdoor staircase.

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Santa Monica is the ideal place to go if travelling with a large group or family in tow thanks to the range of activities available. Have all the fun of the fair on the pier or head to the museums at Bergamot Station. Shop in Montana Avenue or swing by the rugby club to watch a game, the choices are endless. Call one of our personal travel managers now, and start booking your perfect trip.
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Good to know

  • Time difference: UTC -8
  • Currency: USD
  • Time to destination: 11-hours and 20-minutes from London
  • Nearest Airport: Los Angeles International Airport

Best Time To Travel

Average Temperatures
Jan: 15°c   Feb: 14°c   Mar: 15°c  
Apr: 16°c   May: 18°c   Jun: 19°c  
Jul: 21°c   Aug: 21°c   Sep: 21°c  
Oct: 18°c   Nov: 17°c   Dec: 14°c  

Location

Santa Monica In A Nutshell

Soak Up The Culture
 

  • When staying in Santa Monica, a visit to the pier is quite simply a must. Pacific Park fun fair, restaurants and shopping can all be enjoyed here making this a family must-see. Housing the only solar-powered Ferris wheel in the world, let’s hope its sunny when you go.
     
  • For amazing shopping, head to Third Street Promenade in Downtown Santa Monica just a 15-minute walk from the pier. From high-street to high-end, your purse is sure to be lighter and your suitcase will be getting heavier as your trek the streets before stopping off at one of the multitude of restaurants along the way.

     

Tastes To Try
 

  • Found close to the pier, The Lobster serves amazing American seafood that’s sure to delight. Dishes such as grilled American lobster and chilled Dungeness crab litter the menu accompanied by amazing cocktails and wine.
     
  • You won’t be able to figgin’ believe the Mediterranean cuisine on offer at FIG restaurant. Poolside dining and being surrounded by views of Santa Monica Beach and the Pacific Ocean means you will be tucking in to more than just incredible food during a visit here.
     
  • For an all-American experience, why not head to Boa Steakhouse? Prime cuts of meat along with delights such as ahi tuna and scallops will keep every diner satisfied. If you’re stuck for where to go on a date night, this choice is ideal.

     

Life’s A Beach
 

  • The home of Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica Beach is a must for lovers of pristine-white sands and turquoise waters. The original Muscle Beach can also be found here, fantastic for fitness fanatics and those wanting to be put through their paces. The International Chess Park is housed here too for those wanting a unique beach activity in the sun.
     
  • Venice Beach can be found 10-minutes away and, apart from towering palm trees and swimsuits galore, the area has fantastic restaurants, street entertainers and even an aquarium to admire. The second Muscle Beach can be found here too so you can continue your workout in the sun.

     
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