Welcome to Santa Monica
Sunny beach town with a cosmopolitan vibe
A tourist hotspot with a laid-back beach town aura, Santa Monica’s endless oceanside activities, big brand retail, and breathtaking panorama has made it a famous destination for fine dining, upscale shopping, and sun-soaked adventures on the beach.
Home to great schools, an iconic pier bustling with joggers, bikers, and thrill-seekers visiting its amusement park, Santa Monica is ideal for those seeking an active but low-key luxury lifestyle within reach of robust amenities. Lush tree-lined streets unfurl toward sleek apartment complexes endow you with unlimited ocean access while exquisite beachfront properties expose you to dreamy sunrises over the Pacific Ocean.
What to Love
- A hub for high-end retail
- Iconic boardwalk for bikers, joggers, and sight-seers
- Stunning views and ocean breezes
- 310 sunny days per year
- Eco-friendly tech city
Santa Monica’s bustling pier, pristine beaches, and lovely sunsets make this coastal city a destination for postcards. Many notable corporations have set up offices in Santa Monica, and this tech-fueled evolution of the town has earned Santa Monica alongside Venice and Alsace the collective moniker Silicon Beach. Life in Santa Monica reflects high quality, fostered by optimum convenience, an eco-friendly environment, and active outdoorsy culture.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Santa Monica’s retail scene is impossible to miss. Brimming with high-end luxury brands, fine dining restaurants, one-of-a-kind boutiques, and charming local shops, this city’s decadent ambiance enthralls even the most discerning foodies and shoppers. Don’t miss out on the treasures at Santa Monica Place
, where designer brands lounge alongside popular chain eateries and pizza joints. But Downtown Santa Monica
is really where the city’s heart lies. Sprawling with yummy grills, sophisticated jewelers, upscale fashion stores, and luxury retailers, this destination is a shopper's paradise.
Visit Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery
for hot overstuffed pastrami, tiramisu, and gourmet groceries. Pono Burger
is the neighborhood Hawaiian haunt for delicious handcrafted fries, burgers, and milkshakes. Settle in at the Michelin-starred Rustic Canyon
for a regal feast paired with wine, and be sure to stop in for craft beer at the storied Library Alehouse
, one of Los Angeles’ earliest craft beer bars.
Things to Do
The Santa Monica State Beach
epitomizes the glory of SoCal’s pristine beaches, a 3.5 miles stretch of sand and sea boasting green parks, picnic areas, playgrounds, and staffed lifeguard stations. Spend your afternoon lazing in the sun with your sunshades and umbrella or take an evening stroll along the shoreline, juice in hand as you feel the sand sift through your toes. Third Street Promenade
is the crown jewel of this vibrant city, a great place for hangouts, window shopping, and late nights waltzing to live music in a pub.
Enjoy amusement rides on the Santa Monica Pier
or cheer on street performers before staying back to watch a dreamy sunset over the pacific. Outdoorsy locals will enjoy hikes along the Trails
of the Santa Monica Mountains,
brimming with opportunities for horseback riding, dog walking, mountain biking, and even casual hikes.
Santa Monica is served by some of California’s top-rated schools, renowned for their innovative academic programs and outstanding extracurricular activities. Top educational opportunities include: