Welcome to Santa Monica
Boardwalk sunsets, beachfront brunches, and early morning beach strolls make up this oceanside oasis.
Santa Monica is a walking haven in California brimming with outdoor adventures, luxurious health spas, and opportunities to unwind under clear blue skies and awe-inspiring sunsets. Beautiful people, crowded beaches, chic stores, and amazing restaurants can all be found in Santa Monica. Its clean streets, pleasant weather, open-air shopping centers, and easily accessible seashore combine with its busy pier, complete with amusement park attractions and a solar-powered Ferris wheel, to create a worldwide beach destination.
To the south and west, Santa Monica is bordered by the Pacific Ocean and Santa Monica State Beach, while the sprawling city of Los Angeles flanks its north, east, and northeast sides. Its strategic location is why Santa Monica is a popular area for the entertainment industry’s top actors and actresses. This stunning locale has all the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles but the laid-back vibe of a classic California beach town.
What to Love
- Walkable to great restaurants and shops
- Excellent schools
- Beautiful beaches and gorgeous sunsets
- Sustainable living
- Amazing weather year-round
Santa Monica exudes an easygoing ambiance because of its prime location along the Pacific coast. The tranquil, opulent neighborhood is a favorite of many due to its charm and lots of available activities. People here are quite forward-thinking and love to spend time outdoors, whether surfing, hiking, or simply strolling through town on a Sunday evening. This beach town is full of interesting people from all walks of life, from young families to professionals and retirees.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
From Santa Monica Place along Third Street Promenade in Downtown Santa Monica to the one-of-a-kind stores on Main Street and Montana Avenue, Santa Monica is a shopper's paradise. Located east of the pier, the three blocks that make up the 3rd Street Promenade are anchored by Santa Monica Place, an upmarket shopping center with more than eighty stores. It's a shopper's paradise, replete with everything from gourmet groceries to high-end clothing labels. Wilshire Boulevard, Montana Avenue, and Main Street are where you'll find many of Santa Monica's most interesting boutiques. You can get unique clothing, accessories, home decor, and upmarket gifts in the many shops that line these streets.
There are spectacular restaurants and entertainment venues in Santa Monica. You can never go wrong with a flavorful lunch or dinner at Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery. Dozens of patrons wait in line for the eatery’s artisan sandwiches, which feature a wide range of selected meats and freshly baked bread.
Melisse Restaurant has been a fixture in Santa Monica for almost 20 years, and it’s easy to see why. Once seated in the cozy dining room, diners can look forward to approximately ten mouthwatering courses, excellent service, and, most importantly, food that exceeds all expectations.
Huckleberry Cafe is wonderful for sweet delights and morning meals, while Milo & Olive is the place to go for delicious baked products and woodfired pizza.
Things to Do
Santa Monica is the place to be if you enjoy spending time outside and value gorgeous scenery. Palisades Park offers spectacular views of the Santa Monica Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.
Santa Monica State Beach, which stretches the length of Santa Monica, is always bustling with activity and exudes a spirit of summer celebration. The largest crowds congregate near the world-famous Santa Monica Pier, the area’s primary draw. This pier provides a wealth of activities, including shopping, dining, and more.
Tongva Park includes walking trails, a playground, meadows, waterfalls, and a lookout with stunning views of the Pacific.
If you love music, make sure to stop by McCabe's Guitar Shop. This well-known guitar shop hosts small performances in the store's rear room. Even if you don't plan on attending a show, a trip there is well worth it just to admire the hundreds of stunning guitars that line the walls.
Experience stunning scenery and enjoy a good workout as you climb the Santa Monica Stairs or La Mesa Secret Stairs, both of which offer a plethora of hiking activities for fitness enthusiasts and nature lovers.
Santa Monica falls under the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. Top schools in this community include:
Santa Monica Alternative School, Grades K-8
Canyon Elementary School, Grades K-5
Lincoln Middle School, Grades 6-8
Santa Monica High School, Grades 9-12