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A holiday in Santa Monica revolves around a combination of glamourous, luxurious living, and a rich, hometown vibe. These holidays promise something for everyone, whether you are shopping for hours on Third Street Promenade, or cycling the Marvin Braude Bike Trail and taking in the coastal city’s most awe-inspiring views. 

Most Santa Monica holidays are a natural continuation of an overall charming trip to Los Angeles. The swanky city is a must as it offers a lavish beach add on to your LA getaway. Once you’re surrounded by the refreshing, balmy seaside air, the Santa Monica Pier should be your first stop. Not only will it take you closer to the ocean, it will also take you to some of the best action and parties in Los Angeles. 

The pier plays host to numerous events and activities throughout the year and is home to an array of foodie-friendly restaurants and eateries, serving up anything and everything from seafood to salad. Here, you will also find Pacific Park (and its ferris wheel), the Playland Arcade, and the Santa Monica Aquarium. 

From here, consider hiring a bike and exploring the city via the Marvin Braude Bike Trail. The paved trail is embraced by a number of sky-high palm trees, extends 22 miles and winds enthusiastically along the shoreline through Venice Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach. 

Luxurious living on Santa Monica holidays

No matter where you are in Santa Monica, the far reaching theme is luxury – even the sandy beaches are glamorous. And if you really want to indulge during your Santa Monica holidays and make the most of this trademark lavish lifestyle, the best place to visit is Third Street Promenade. Originally built in the mid-1960s, the premier shopping and dining district is housed in downtown Santa Monica and draws in big spenders from all around Los Angeles. It is particularly beautiful during the festive season when thousands of fairy lights adorn each and every tree in the vicinity. 

Once you’ve had your fill of retail therapy, be sure to head over to Palisades Park at sunset. It’s perched on top of the coastal sandstone bluffs and allows for jaw-dropping views of the crashing Pacific Ocean and the vast Santa Monica skyline. Want to explore further? Pair Santa Monica with a holiday to HollywoodBeverly Hills or downtown Los Angeles.

Destination Highlights

  • Take in the marvellous maritime views and the energetic entertainment on the Santa Monica Pier
  • Treat yourself to some glamourous retail therapy at the boutiques and luxury stores that dot Third Street Promenade
  • Cycle the Marvin Braude Bike Trail, which stretches for 22 miles through Venice, Hermosa and Redondo Beach
  • Visit Palisades Park, perched on top of the coastal sandstone bluffs, for incredible views of the crashing Pacific Ocean beneath

Great sample itineraries

A holiday in Santa Monica should encompass plenty of indulgence amid glorious oceanic vistas and sparkling beaches. Get inspired by our selection of popular itineraries for Santa Monica holidays.

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Santa Monica, Newport Beach and Palm Springs Multi Centre

  • 7 Days
  • Guide Price £2,999 PP
Combine laid-back California beaches with the not-so-secret hideaway of the rich and famous. All within an easy drive of each...
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Multi centre holidays
Yosemite Valley

Holidays To West Coast America And Hawaii

  • 20 Days
  • Guide Price £6,499 PP
Embark on an adventure of a lifetime on our West Coast and Hawaii USA multi-centre holiday. You’ll begin your trip...
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Multi centre holidays
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Santa Monica, Anaheim and San Diego Multi Centre

  • 10 Days
Combine the magic of Disney® with the magnificent beaches of Santa Monica and San Diego. Start this fantastic family friendly...
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Self drive holidays
Route 66

Route 66 Road Trip Holiday

  • 16 Days
  • Guide Price £2,899 PP
Our Historic Route 66 Self Drive is a journey you’ll never forget, beginning in Chicago and ending at the Santa...
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Our favorite hotels

Catering to your every whim and immersing you in glamour and extravagance, there are plenty of amazing Santa Monica hotels in our collection. Browse our favourite places to stay in Santa Monica - we are here to help you find the perfect hotel.

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Viceroy Santa Monica

Experience coastal chic style in an unmatched location just a few minutes from the beach. This iconic hotel offers possibly...
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Guide Price £1,389
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Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

Offering refined style and possibly the best location in Santa Monica, this renowned hotel is the ideal option for a...
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Guide Price £1,839
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Shutters on the Beach

A member of ‘The Leading Hotels of the World’, Shutters on the Beach is a premium luxury hotel situated on...
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Guide Price £1,829
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Explore Santa Monica

A family friendly destination with lots to see and do. Ride the Ferris wheel on the pier, cycle along the bike path to Redondo beach or shop at name brand clothing stores or trendy boutiques. Santa Monica also connects easily into downtown LA via the light-rail Expo Line, so you can watch sports and entertainment in less than an hours ride away. Taste farm-to-table cuisine at many incredible Californian restaurants, where dishes have been hand-crafted from local farmers markets and then relax on 3 miles of sandy perfection; what more could you ask for. Stay in Santa Monica to experience it for yourself.

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Santa Monica Beach

Walk barefoot in the soft, golden sands of Santa Monica beach or dip your toes into the pacific ocean; with more than 3 miles of coastline, there is plenty of space for everyone. Try your hand at some gymnastics at muscle beach, play volleyball or hit the waves and learn to surf. There is also a fabulous family friendly area at the Annenberg Community Beach House.

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Santa Monica Pier

Here, at the end of the famous Route 66 road you will find Santa Monica Pier, where you can ride the Ferris wheel and enjoy fun in the sun with your family.

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Bike rental

One of the best ways of exploring this beach city is by bike. Join a tour and be taken around the neighbourhoods and even taste hand baked treats or homemade icecream on our sweet treats tour. With 3.5 miles of coastline, you can venture off by yourself too.

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Santa Monica Farmer's Market

Chefs from all over Los Angeles visit Santa Monica's farmers markets for the rich, colourful produce to use in their taste sensation creations. Your senses will be on high alert as you wander through the market with all the smells and tastes on offer, from fresh berries, indulgent home baked cakes to locally caught seafood. There are three markets to choose from on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays and you can rub shoulders with A-list celebs, acclaimed chefs and home cooks – a visit here is a must.

Jas, Destination Specialist

“A neighbourhood holiday in Santa Monica allows you to really explore an area of LA at your own pace. If you want to explore the city further, make sure to hire a car or book an Uber – public transport is almost non-existent here.”


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Melody, Destination Specialist

“Tuck into the incredibly delicious doughnuts at Sidecar Doughnuts, which they bake fresh every hour. I can never resist tasting several, but the vanilla and cinnamon crumb are my favourites - a visit here is a must.”

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