Spend a day or two on the white sands made famous in the TV series, Baywatch, or wander the streets on foot (take your camera, as you are bound to spot a celebrity or three around these parts).
Santa Monica is famous for funky shopping, so head to 3rd Street Promenade or stroll to Santa Monica Place, and Montana Avenue has chic boutiques, great bars and restaurants. The famous pier, built in 1908, is the West Coast's oldest pleasure pier, with a charming Ferris wheel. Culture vultures can head to the Santa Monica Museum of Art or California Heritage Museum.
Eats & drinks
Santa Monica has plenty of great restaurants. There are several along Main Street heading towards Venice Beach - try Arnold Schwarzenegger's restaurant, Schatzi. Around the pier, overlooking the ocean, there are a number of seafood and steak restaurants.
If you want to leave your car at the hotel for a day, you can walk around Santa Monica or Marina del Rey, and walk, cycle or skate between the two on the excellent coastal path. You can also hop on the Tide Shuttle bus that runs alongside the beach in Santa Monica.
- Santa Monica Pier
- Muscle Beach
- Third Street Promenade
- Santa Monica State Beach
- Santa Monica Aquarium
Different destinations have different magic touches so make sure to check them out to see what makes your holiday with us so special.
Virgin Atlantic flies to Los Angeles twice daily from London Heathrow.
Santa Monica is approx 14 miles from Los Angeles International Airport.
Time Difference - GMT -8 hours.