Paradise on the Pacific – Santa Monica Travel
Santa Monica is one of the most desirable destinations in California. Find out why this sunny beachside city is the perfect place to base yourself on your next visit.
If there’s one corner of the City of Angels that captures the warmth of the Pacific, the serenity of a coastal city and the culture of a big metropolis, that place is Santa Monica. If Hollywood is where dreams come true, Santa Monica is where creativity is born. Just west of downtown Los Angeles, Calif., this coastal city is home to a number of notable attractions like Third Street Promenade and the Santa Monica Pier, featured in countless music videos, television shows and films, including Forrest Gump (the pier is even home to an American seafood restaurant chain inspired by the film).
A stroll down the famous boardwalk is the real treat, however. Not only are you surrounded by breathtaking vistas of the Pacific Ocean, but also the countless art installations, performers and eye-catching colours that breathe life into the cityscape. At just over 20 square kilometres, Santa Monica is a blogger’s playground — it’s what Millennials would call an Instagrammable city.
What’s great about Santa Monica is its central location to neighbouring cities Malibu, Hollywood and Beverly Hills. When you base yourself in one of the many accommodations in Santa Monica, you’re at the centre of it all. After an exciting day at Universal Studios or shopping in Beverly Hills, your tranquil beachside retreat awaits.
“You can dine your way down Pico Boulevard, discover Mid-City’s arts scene, or visit landmarks like the Santa Monica Pier, but I would have to say the beach is my favourite attraction” — Misti Kerns
Don’t be fooled — this bustling city is the best of both worlds. For those who like excitement and nightlife, there are a number of hot spots right in Santa Monica. The city has also been unofficially dubbed “Silicon Beach” due to the influx of tech startups and other media neighbours like Hulu.
What does the president and CEO of Santa Monica Travel and Tourism, Misti Kerns, recommend? “Set out on a shopping tour on Main Street or up Montana Avenue, or jump on a train to Downtown Los Angeles from Downtown Santa Monica,” says Kerns. “You can dine your way down Pico Boulevard, discover Mid-City’s arts scene, or visit landmarks like the Santa Monica Pier, but I would have to say the beach is my favourite attraction.”
Her personal favourite spot is Perry’s Café and Beach Rentals, where guests are given walkie-talkies for the ultimate beachside service. If you’re interested in a more active getaway, there are countless water-sport excursions and equipment rentals to get you moving. It’s time to cross an experience off your bucket list and hang 10 with one of Santa Monica’s surf schools.
With fun for the entire family, the legendary Pacific Park boasts the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel (a spectacular sight in the evening), the century-old Looff Hippodrome and the West Coaster roller-coaster that is sure to satisfy young thrill-seekers.
“Santa Monica has always been an inclusive destination, and we remain proud to welcome people of all races, religions and origins to our shores,” says Kerns. “It’s truly an unforgettable destination.”