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Superb Santa Monica holidays 2020
Nestled between the bustling American cities of Venice and Malibu in California, is the buzzing holiday destination of Santa Monica. A vibrant city just west of Los Angeles, a holiday in Santa Monica offers the bright lights and big city feel of America's second largest city. It also provides visitors with the glamour of California's amazing beaches. So, why not make Santa Monica your holiday destination in 2020?
Santa Monica is a former seaside retreat that now boasts a number of edgy restaurants, funky shops and amazing pier. A holiday in Santa Monica also comes with three miles of white sandy beach, some of the best in the USA, to kick back on.
Take in the birds-eye views from the top of the city’s iconic Ferris Wheel, stroll along its picturesque boardwalks with a gentle sea breeze blowing through your hair, surf the waves of the Pacific Ocean, or grab a coffee as you watch the world go by on Main Street. Whether you’re looking for an action-packed break in the sun or a fun family getaway, you’ll find a wealth of things to do on a city break holiday to Santa Monica in 2020.
Why book Santa Monica holidays
Top city attractions
Santa Monica Pier for amusement rides and restaurants and Palisades Park for amazing views
Heal the Bay Aquarium, Cayton Children's Museum and South Beach Park
Discover the best beaches
Fall in love with the likes of Santa Monica Beach and Venice Beach
Fab shopping scene
Head to 3rd Street Promenade for all your shopping needs or Rodeo Drive for luxury boutiques and designer shops
Hit the nightlife & bar scene
Sunset Drive is where you'll get your kicks at dark
Fine dining scene
Visit Downtown Santa Monica for top notch eateries and fine dining
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Your guide to Santa Monica holidays
Santa Monica is a thriving city with attractions for everyone, whether you love to get sporty or soak up local culture. Stroll through the picturesque Marina Del Rey harbour, explore the cool Third Street Promenade – an eclectic outdoor street packed full of restaurants, cinemas, bookstores and bars – or mingle with the jet set and head straight to Montana Avenue. It’s the ideal place for celebrity spotting. With Hollywood just around the corner, you never know who you’ll bump into.
If you love to hit the shops, you can’t beat Santa Monica Place with its upmarket selection of designer boutiques. the city is also a great place to explore by bike. So, grab your wheels and embark on the South Bay Bicycle Trail.
Art lovers are in for a treat in Santa Monica, with a wealth of public art, from large murals to huge sculptures to view. Southern California’s largest art gallery complex, Bergamot Station, totals over 35 contemporary art galleries and studios to get you started. The eagle-eyed traveller might notice that art can be found all around the city, from the hidden art underneath Santa Monica’s boardwalk to stunning ocean murals.
Santa Monica’s long golden shoreline is everything you would expect from one of California’s best-loved beaches. The beautiful coastline runs for more than three miles, and the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean make it a popular spot for surfing.
With an average of 340 days of sunshine a year, plus a constant gentle ocean breeze, Santa Monica Beach is a dream for anyone who loves topping up their tan. The chilled-out vibe and wild look of the beach are contrasted by the host of fun attractions on offer.
The historic pier is home to a funfair, aquarium and fantastic selection of bars and restaurants. To the south of the pier, you’ll come across Muscle Beach where the locals flex their muscles for all to see. There’s also the International Chess Park if you fancy a game, as well as the family-favourite Carousel Park. If you’ve ever dreamed of an American beach holiday, then Santa Monica can fulfil those fantasies.
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