Sunny Santa Monica began life as a turn-of-the-century beach resort for city folk from Los Angeles (which borders the oceanfront city on three sides). Today, the amusement park on the Santa Monica Pier still features the hand-painted 1922 merry-go-round from The Sting, and a plethora of other rides and attractions. Blocks from the beach is the ... Read more
Third Street Promenade, a pedestrian-only shopping area capped off by Santa Monica Place, a mall designed by wacky modernist architect Frank Gehry. The dress code is casual, laid-back Californian -- even four-star restaurants don’t usually require a jacket or tie.
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Summer brings crowds to Los Angeles, booking up hotels along the coast and restaurants in the city. From September to May the area is less crowded, and the air less smoggy, though you may encounter the hot, dry ... Read more
Santa Ana winds. Headed to the beach? Don't go in June when the 'June Gloom' makes the beaches cold and foggy for most of the morning. The coast is always a bit cooler than inland (head to Santa Monica and not Hollywood if you want a breeze). Whatever time of year you go, however, you can leave your down coat at home.

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Santa Monica reviews

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    Family Travellers
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    Outdoor Enthusiasts
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    Adventure Travellers
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    Foodies

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Ottawa
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This is a family fun place. This is a tourist trap but can be a lot of fun too. Check out the restaurants, the performers, and of course the souvenir shops. Stop and talk to the fishermen on the pier or take a stroll along the beach.

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Klang

Start of the day at sunny Santa Monica by the Pacific Ocean, an entertainment and recreational precinct with its picturesque Pier and busy downtown 3rd Street Promenade.

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Go during the week when it's not as busy for the pier. Lovely walk along the beach

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London

Nice town with great beach, awesome shopping center and lots of good restaurants and hotels.

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Local from Los Angeles

With a great location, a number of good restaurants, nice retail outlets and a good selection of galleries Santa Monica offers something for almost everyone.

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Brooklyn

This area is beautiful with a nice boardwalk and family fun with different rides

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Bellevue

Cool beach side city with good days and shopping areas. For fun things check out 3rd street promenade or the pier.

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Local from Covina

3rd street promenade and the beach are the two most popular things to do here!

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Local from Los Angeles

No L.A. list is complete without including Santa Monica. Rent bikes or roller-blades and skate down the path to Marina del Rey where you can stop and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants along Washington Blvd. or walk along the Venice Canals. Of course, the Santa Monica Pier will bring out the kid in everyone and is a great way to spend the day.

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Local from Santa Monica

Santa Monica is great for older, rent controlled apartments, living with many things usually walkable, the light rail, and of course, tasty treats.
The breeze is usually consistently cool from the ocean, which helps since several places on this side of town are without AC, depending on that cool breeze from mother nature instead.
I've never received so many parking tickets in one place, as I have in this city. I am talking about it being literally down to the seconds of my meter expiring. I have a timer, and the time it took me to walk from the business to my car, boom. Ticket. I got a ticket for not reading the parking signs two signs behind me instead of using the one in front of my car. Really?
After doing some online searching it appears this is really an issue with the city and how much revenue the city generates just off parking tickets. Be careful out there or just stay on foot and enjoy the breeze.

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