Santa Monica is perhaps the most famous beach-town in Los Angeles. With a wide variety of attractions and things to do, Santa Monica has something for everyone. Whether you're interested in catching some waves, relaxing with brunch, soaking up the sun, or just doing some shopping, Santa Monica is the perfect place to spend an afternoon! Check out some of our top suggestions for making the most of your trip to Santa Monica and seeing it all!
The Santa Monica Boardwalk has lots to offer everyone looking for adventure! The big attraction here for thrillseekers is Pacific Park, which sticks out for its roller coaster and ferris wheel. These light up at night making for an absolutely stunning view, or you can ride them at sunset for a heart-racing experience.
Also exciting is the Trapeze School, where you can soar above the crowds as you learn the art of trapeze on the end of route 66!
Whether you're a bruncher or just looking to satiate your stomach, Santa Monica has all the food you could desire! Stopping and enjoying a lunch on 2nd Avenue in one of the cafes is a great spot to people watch while you recharge during the day. If you're craving an escape from the sun, there are plenty of restaurant around service anything from sushi to sandwiches. Those looking for something a little bit more bubbly can find ample bars as well in the area whether they'd prefer to wine down at the end of the day or somewhere to just kick a few back with your friends, it's hard to go more than 3 blocks without coming across at least 1 bar in here.
Santa Monica is perhaps most famous for the beach, and it's a great place to learn to surf! Walk straight down from the pier and you can be on the beach in minutes. There are plenty of local surf schools nearby if you want to learn, or local shops such as Poseidon Surf if you already know and want to just catch some waves!