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Located just outside the city of Los Angeles, Santa Monica is a coastal city with its own charm and character that feels totally different from its neighbour LA. Santa Monica is the postcard city for Southern California, with its picture-worth Pier, beautiful beaches, quaint farmers markets and more, Santa Monica is a fabulous place to visit whilst in California.
Santa Monica’s stand-out landmark is of course the Santa Monica Pier. The Santa Monica Pier is home to a variety of different attractions including Pacific Park; the traditional fair with a rollercoaster and Ferris wheel that offers stunning views of the ocean and beach below. Santa Monica Pier is also home to an aquarium, restaurants (including bubba Gump Shrimp Co.) and a sign marking the end of Route 66! The Santa Monica Pier has been featured in many films and TV shows, including the Marvel classic Iron Man, and makes for the perfect day out in Santa Monica or a nice evening stroll after dinner.
Spanning the entire length of Santa Monica, the Santa Monica State Beach is a golden sand oasis that is home to the Santa Monica Pier and is beloved by visitors year-round. Though the Santa Monica State Beach can get busy, it still manages to maintain a relaxed summer holiday feel. The beach is huge so allows room for plenty of tourists and locals alike, and for a less crowded experience be sure to park further away from the Pier and enjoy the view of it, not from it.
For amazing views of the ocean and Santa Monica Mountains, Palisades Park is the place to be. Home to the Santa Monica Pier and Santa Monica State Beach, the park is often busy and enjoyed by tourists. Though, the Pacific Palisades-adjacent end often sees less crows so is perfect for a morning walk, evening stroll, or even a family picnic in the midday sun.
Foodies will love the Santa Monica farmers’ market – home to the best, freshest food in Santa Monica! The best time to visit the market is on Wednesday from 8am-1pm as this is when the market sees the lowest level of crowds and you can really explore what is on offer!
Muscle Beach is another favoured location of Santa Monica locals and though most people know Muscle Beach as the open-air gym on Venice Beach in LA, the original Muscle Beach can be found in Santa Monica! On weekends be sure to take a walk to Muscle Beach and see it in action: amazing gymnasts often workout on the parallel bars and rings – it truly is a sight to behold!
Santa Monica is a great destination for a Twin Centre holiday with Los Angeles as the two are within driving distance – you can even do a day trip from one to the other. In Santa Monica you can spend your time relaxing by the sea, strolling through the many public parks and enjoying the fair-ground ambience of the Santa Monica Pier before heading over to Los Angeles to experience some of California’s best shopping, eating at California’s finest restaurants, visiting Disneyland California, and even hiking up the Hollywood hill! The closeness of these two cities makes driving between the two of them easy and a must-do on your California holiday!
When in Santa Monica you’ll want to enjoy the beach as much as possible, so why not stay right next to it! LOEWS Santa Monica Beach is a gorgeous, beachfront hotel that provides sun, sand, sea, and the best of Californian living in one package. Staying at LOEWS Santa Monica Beach will make the Pacific Ocean your backyard as you lounge by the pool or roast SMORES by the firepits. Casa Del Mar is another luxurious hotel option in Santa Monica and is one of the only hotels in California that still has direct beach access. Starting its life as a beach club in the roaring 20s, the A-Lister loved Casa Del Mar is the perfect hotel for anyone looking for that extra touch of luxury and exclusivity on their Santa Monica holiday.
To ensure your Santa Monica holiday is as amazing as possible, Charter Travel work with the best airline partners in the industry: Virgin Atlantic, United Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways and Delta Airlines, and offer flights from many UK airports including Glasgow, Manchester, London Airports, and select other regional airports, which allows us to tailor your holiday to your specific needs. Our Travel Specialists are experts in all-things California and can advise on when the best time to travel is, what to do whilst Santa Monica, where to stay in Santa Monica, and create your perfect holiday that fits your budget. Our Travel Specialists can advise on car hire, fly drive holidays, hotels, activities, budget requirements, and source the cheapest flights and accommodation for your booking.
Santa Monica is LA’s smaller, but just as fabulous, neighbour that is not to be missed! So, call and speak to one of our Santa Monica experts on 01635 551011 or email us at email@example.com to book your experience of a lifetime
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