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Santa Monica continues to woo both business and leisure travelers as it remains a picturesque beachfront city

 

 

Santa Monica has a long history of hosting Hollywood, royals and globally savvy travelers since the turn of the 20th century. Today Santa Monica continues to woo both business and leisure travelers as it remains a picturesque beachfront city and a very coveted address in the Los Angeles area, a place where executives and celebrities call home.


Santa Monica was often seen as a sleepier town in comparison to the pulse of Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Downtown LA. That is part of its allure as it still provides a slower pace and boundless natural beauty, but rest assured, it has recently stepped up on the culinary, cocktail, cultural and shopping front.


For you beach dwellers, hit Santa Monica’s idyllic shoreline sandwiched between Venice Beach and Malibu Beach. You’ll find surfers, snowboarders and swimmers in the sea and a mix of runners, bikers, roller-bladers and walkers along the path. Pack a lunch and make a day of sun-worshipping and So Cal relaxing on the beach in between. Outside of the busy summer season, you’ll have the big beaches to yourself.


Driving along the coast is an activity unto itself. Live the cliché by renting a convertible, popping the top down and driving along the idyllic PCH (Pacific Coast Highway). You’ll feel like a cinema star as many films have been shot on the shoreline.


There are several great hotels in Santa Monica with many perfectly positioned on the beach or just inland. Casa Del Mar is an iconic 1920’s Renaissance Revival styled hotel. Shutters on the Beach sits right next door to Casa and provides a New England style and a classic hospitality. One block up, overlooking the ocean, is the Regency styled Viceroy. There are several other notable hotels in the area on and just off the beach.


Award winning dining options are endless at top hotel properties and both on and off the Third Street Promenade and throughout Santa Monica. Of equal excellence are the cocktails as the classic cocktail revolution started downtown and has since spread across town and to the beach community.


For shopping, hit the Third Street Promenade, a walking only community with an endless array of shops, restaurants, bars and cinemas for several blocks. Montana Avenue is an upscale enclave with more boutique style shopping while the new kid on the shopping block is Santa Monica Place with upscale dining, lifestyle and shopping options.

 
On an artistic or design level there are several galleries, home décor and design shops and of course The Getty Museum overlooking PCH and the ocean is a cultural must.