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California’s boho beach city

With both a bustling city scene and a Boho village vibe, the hip and cool Santa Monica is a fantastic end to any California holiday. Its beach was voted one of best in the world by National Geographic while its nightlife buzzes with 400 restaurants and a plethora of bars.

Climate averages

Essential information for Santa Monica

Local time

Language

USA flag
American English

Currency

US Dollar $
Official currency of the United States

Flight information

11h 10m
Los Angeles (LAX)
Direct flight

Flight schedule

  • Virgin Atlantic fly twice daily to LA from Heathrow
are our official partner airline

Do I need a VISA?

Yes. You'll need to obtain approval no less than 72 hours prior to travel to the US via the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) scheme.

Find out more about Travel Visas here »

Getting around

Santa Monica is a totally walkable city so visitors don’t need a car to explore the city or get to the other parts of LA from here. With much of Santa Monica situated alongside the beautiful beach, Tongva city park and pedestrianized 3rd Street promenade in downtown, visitors will enjoy the ease of exploring by foot.

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