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Santa Monica Holidays

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

Our favourite 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

Santa Monica

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Guide Price

 £1,389  pp

Viceroy Santa Monica
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Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

Santa Monica

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £1,839  pp

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

Shutters on the Beach

Santa Monica

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Guide Price

 £1,829  pp

Shutters on the Beach

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.

  • Beach days

    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.

  • Santa Monica Big Wheel

    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.

  • Bike Ride

    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.

  • Farmers market

    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

    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.”

     

  • Melody, Destination Specialist

    Mel

    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.”

Types of Santa Monica holidays

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Santa Monica Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays
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Self Drive California

Frequently Asked Questions

Santa Monica is located approx. 15 minutes from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). A taxi will cost you approx. $35-40 US Dollars but there is also other options with public transport that are available from the airport.

From Santa Monica, there is the Expo Line, which is a light-rail system that runs between Downtown Los Angleles and Santa Monica. It will take you approx. 46 minutes between the 7th/Metro Center Station in dowtown to the beach, which offers a convenient alternative to the highly trafficked Santa Monica Freeway. Trains will run every 12 minutes at most times of the day.

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