Many visitors to the city flock to the Santa Monica Pier, a 100-year-old landmark. From the pier are gorgeous ocean vistas as well as an amusement park, an old-fashioned carousel, an aquarium, shops, entertainers, pubs, restaurants, and Santa Monica's iconic Ferris wheel. The end of the Pier is a popular location for anglers to try their luck in Santa Monica Bay. Just a short walk from the Pier is Third Street Promenade, a popular outdoor pedestrian only street full of venues and performers. On either side of the Pier, lies Santa Monica Beach, a place to lounge, play volleyball, bicycle and roller blade. Venice Beach lies a couple miles south of Santa Monica Beach and is considered one of the best places to people-watch in the world.
Fashionistas will love Santa Monica for its eclectic mix of shopping experiences. From fashion boutiques on Main Street to the musical instrument strip of Pico Boulevard to stylish upscale merchants on Montana Avenue, everyone is sure to find something they like.
Best of all, Santa Monica's close proximity to downtown Los Angeles opens up a world of shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities. Santa Monica also serves as a gateway to other California hot spots like Beverly Hills and Hollywood. Whether your ideal vacation includes tanning on pristine beaches, touring neighbourhoods of the rich and famous, or shopping and dining in style, Santa Monica delivers.