More than 7 million visitors a year come to Santa Monica because it is a renowned beach city (one of National Geographic’s top ten) and close to other Los Angeles attractions. Santa Monica Beach averages more than 300 days of sunshine a year, and offers some of the best sunsets on the West Coast. Santa Monica is also known as a walkable and bike-friendly town, so it’s easy to get around and experience the haven of shops, restaurants, attractions like the Santa Monica Pier and Third Street Promenade, and more.
Things to Do in Santa Monica
The beaches of Santa Monica attract all sorts of visitors, so don’t be surprised to see families playing on the sand next to a boot-camp fitness class with a barking instructor. Also, don’t be surprised to see a celebrity out and about shopping or grabbing coffee at one of the local shops.
When you think of things to do in LA, do not forget Santa Monica. Make sure to visit the Santa Monica Pier, where a haven of shops, restaurants, and carnival attractions (including a solar powered Ferris wheel) atop a historical wooden wharf. The Santa Monica Beach averages 340 days of sunshine a year, and offers some of the best sunsets on the West Coast. By night, the Third Street Promenade is the place to be, bustling with activity from moviegoers, party animals, and talented street performers.
Santa Monica is also known as a walkable town, though many choose to strap on wheels or pedal their way around the 22 miles of bike path’s the area has to offer.