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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.

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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 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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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: Shopping Malls; Points of Interest & Landmarks; Theaters; Historic Walking Areas
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Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier
Owner description: This bustling wooden wharf is the place to be, with its eateries, shops, high-tech arcade, roller coaster, giant Ferris wheel and other rides, famous 1922 indoor merry-go-round... more Owner description: This bustling wooden wharf is the place to be, with its eateries, shops, high-tech arcade, roller coaster, giant Ferris wheel and other rides, famous 1922 indoor merry-go-round and fantastic views of the bay and the mountains. less
Attraction type: Piers & Boardwalks; Points of Interest & Landmarks; Historic Walking Areas
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Ocean Avenue
Ocean Avenue
Attraction type: Historic Walking Areas
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All places to eat » Places to eat

True Food Kitchen
True Food Kitchen
Ranked #1 of 644 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Cuisines: American, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Contemporary
Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Pono Burger
Pono Burger
Ranked #2 of 644 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Price: $10 - $20
Cuisines: American, Gluten Free
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Hillstone Restaurant
Hillstone Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 644 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Price: $41 - $80
Cuisines: Japanese, American, Sushi
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
The Misfit Restaurant & Bar
The Misfit Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #4 of 644 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Cuisines: American, Bar, Contemporary, Pub, Gluten Free
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Urth Caffe
Urth Caffe
Ranked #5 of 644 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Cuisines: Cafe, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free, Healthy
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Sea Shore Motel
Sea Shore Motel
$110 - $275
Ranked #15 of 34 Hotels in Santa Monica
Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica
1.5 of 5
Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica
$65 - $264
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The Beverly Hills Hotel
5.0 of 5
The Beverly Hills Hotel
$589 - $1,259
Ranked #2 of 14 Hotels in Beverly Hills
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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
$243 - $419
Ranked #1 of 3 Santa Monica B&B and Inns
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Ocean View Hotel
3.0 of 5
Ocean View Hotel
$337 - $520
Ranked #4 of 34 Hotels in Santa Monica
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Travelodge Santa Monica
2.5 of 5
Travelodge Santa Monica
$185 - $284
Ranked #7 of 34 Hotels in Santa Monica
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Shore Hotel
4.0 of 5
Shore Hotel
$429 - $731
Ranked #1 of 34 Hotels in Santa Monica
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Casa del Mar
5.0 of 5
Casa del Mar
$593 - $989
Ranked #2 of 34 Hotels in Santa Monica
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Viceroy Santa Monica
4.0 of 5
Viceroy Santa Monica
$462 - $793
Ranked #3 of 34 Hotels in Santa Monica
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