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Best of Santa Monica Guide

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Santa Monica
The beaches of Santa Monica attract all sorts of visitors-- don't be surprised to see families playing on the sand next to a boot-camp fitness class with a barking instructor. Visit the Santa Monica Pier, a haven of shops, restaurants, and carnival attractions (including a Ferris wheel) atop a wooden wharf. By night, the Third Street Promenade is the place to be, bustling with activity from moviegoers, party animals, and talented street performers.

All things to do » Things to do

26-Mile Bike Path
26-Mile Bike Path
Starting at the Santa Monica pier, this is a popular path for biking, jogging and in-line skating along the Pacific Ocean.
Attraction type: Hiking Trails
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Santa Monica Public Library
Santa Monica Public Library
Attraction type: Libraries
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Santa Monica Mountains
Santa Monica Mountains
Part of the National Recreation Area.
Attraction type: Mountains; National Parks; Nature & Wildlife Areas
Third Street Promenade
Third Street Promenade
Owner description: A moviegoer's haven, this colorful three-block stretch, open to pedestrians only, has some 20 movie theater screens, hundreds of stores, numerous restaurants, animal topiaries and... more Owner description: A moviegoer's haven, this colorful three-block stretch, open to pedestrians only, has some 20 movie theater screens, hundreds of stores, numerous restaurants, animal topiaries and street entertainment running the gamut from dancers to fortune tellers. less
Attraction type: Historic Walking Areas; Theaters; Shopping Malls; Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Santa Monica Beach
Santa Monica Beach
This popular beach is a favorite among television and movie producers.
Attraction type: Nature & Wildlife Areas; Beaches; State Parks
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Tar and Roses
Tar and Roses
Ranked #1 of 610 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Price: $15 - $30
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Op Cafe
Op Cafe
Ranked #2 of 610 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Cuisines: Mexican, American, Cafe, Diner
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast
Hillstone Restaurant
Hillstone Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 610 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Price: $41 - $80
Cuisines: Japanese, American, Steakhouse, Sushi
Good for: Bar scene, Doing business
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Aussie Pie Kitchen
Aussie Pie Kitchen
Ranked #4 of 610 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Price: $5 - $15
Cuisines: International, British, Australian
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
SUGARFISH by sushi nozawa
SUGARFISH by sushi nozawa
Ranked #5 of 610 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Cuisines: Japanese, Seafood, Sushi
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Sea Shore Motel
Sea Shore Motel
$110 - $275
Ranked #8 of 34 Hotels in Santa Monica
Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica
1.5 of 5
Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica
$63 - $128
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Rest Haven Motel
Rest Haven Motel
$115 - $172
Ranked #27 of 34 Hotels in Santa Monica
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Channel Road Inn - A Four Sisters Inn
4.0 of 5
Channel Road Inn - A Four Sisters Inn
$230 - $414
Ranked #1 of 2 Santa Monica B&B and Inns
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Palihouse Santa Monica
3.5 of 5
Palihouse Santa Monica
$303 - $538
Ranked #3 of 34 Hotels in Santa Monica
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Ocean View Hotel
3.0 of 5
Ocean View Hotel
$271 - $435
Ranked #4 of 34 Hotels in Santa Monica
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Shore Hotel
4.0 of 5
Shore Hotel
$370 - $597
Ranked #1 of 34 Hotels in Santa Monica
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Viceroy Santa Monica
4.0 of 5
Viceroy Santa Monica
$398 - $692
Ranked #2 of 34 Hotels in Santa Monica
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Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
4.5 of 5
Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
$394 - $689
Ranked #5 of 34 Hotels in Santa Monica
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