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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: Biking trails; Trails
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Tongva Park
Tongva Park
Attraction type: Parks
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Santa Monica Beach
Santa Monica Beach
This popular beach is a favorite among television and movie producers.
Attraction type: Beaches; State Parks
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Ocean Avenue
Ocean Avenue
Attraction type: Historic walking areas
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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; Malls; Landmarks & points of interest
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Tar and Roses
Tar and Roses
Ranked #1 of 586 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Price: $15 - $30
Cuisines: American, Californian, Contemporary
Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Aussie Pie Kitchen
Aussie Pie Kitchen
Ranked #2 of 586 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Price: $7 - $15
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Bakery, Australian, Street Food
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Hillstone Restaurant
Hillstone Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 586 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Price: $41 - $80
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse, Sushi
Good for: Bar scene, Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
True Food Kitchen
True Food Kitchen
Ranked #4 of 586 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Sugar Fish
Sugar Fish
Ranked #5 of 586 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Reservations

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Sea Shore Motel
Sea Shore Motel
$110 - $275
Ranked #13 of 34 Hotels in Santa Monica
Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica
Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica
$77 - $139
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Rest Haven Motel
Rest Haven Motel
$119 - $153
Ranked #24 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
$242 - $416
Ranked #1 of 2 Santa Monica B&B and Inns
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Travelodge Santa Monica
2.0 of 5
Travelodge Santa Monica
$159 - $189
Ranked #5 of 34 Hotels in Santa Monica
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BEST WESTERN PLUS Gateway Hotel Santa Monica
3.0 of 5
BEST WESTERN PLUS Gateway Hotel Santa Monica
$217 - $287
Ranked #16 of 34 Hotels in Santa Monica
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Shore Hotel
4.0 of 5
Shore Hotel
$394 - $594
Ranked #1 of 34 Hotels in Santa Monica
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Viceroy Santa Monica
4.0 of 5
Viceroy Santa Monica
$424 - $673
Ranked #2 of 34 Hotels in Santa Monica
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Casa del Mar
5.0 of 5
Casa del Mar
$511 - $761
Ranked #3 of 34 Hotels in Santa Monica
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