Visiting Los Angeles can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to go. Santa Monica is a natural starting point and a staple in the Los Angeles experience. Apart from being one of the most stunningly beautiful beach cities on the west coast, Santa Monica offers an endless number of ways to have unforgettable experiences.
First Stop: The Visitors’ Center
The Santa Monica Visitors’ Center is an excellent starting point to plan your dream vacation. Anything you want to learn about Santa Monica can be found on the visitors’ center website. From places to shop to attractions to see, Santa Monica is nothing short of an adventure. You can plan just about any adventure through the Visitors’ Center, by visiting online or in person.
Cruising the Boardwalk in Style
Santa Monica has one of the most iconic boardwalks in LA. The boardwalk is one of the best and cost-effective ways to see this picturesque beach city. Whether you decide to walk, skateboard, or rent a bike to ride the 22-mile long bike trail, cruising Santa Monica’s boardwalk is a must when visiting Los Angeles.
Visiting the Santa Monica Pier
Of course, you cannot talk about Santa Monica without talking about the famous Santa Monica Pier. Built in 1909, the Santa Monica pier was the first concrete pier on the US west coast. It remains one of Los Angeles’ most popular attractions today with over 6 million visitors each year. The pier will keep you and your family entertained all day. Its amusement park hosts the famous solar-powered ferris wheel, the aquarium – which is home to over 100 species of animals and plants found in the Santa Monica bay – and so much more.
Getting a Personalized, Luxury Experience
If you need to get away, but hate the idea of staying on a hotel with a bunch of other people, rent a home with VRBO instead. There are dozens of beautiful homes in the Santa Monica area perfect for hosting an intimate dinner party or a cool backyard barbecue without the restaurant tourist crowds. And, many of these rentals have beautiful shoreline views. When visiting Los Angeles, a vacation rental home gives you an experienced tailored to you.
From luxurious lodgings and shopping at the Promenade to the free aesthetic beauty of the miles and miles of ocean views, Santa Monica offers it all. You can’t go wrong with a Santa Monica getaway.