Rainbow chinese lanterns hanging over outdoor shopping plaza; people sitting and walking to shops

Welcome to Santa Monica

Welcome to Santa Monica, the most easily accessible coastal city from many of Southern California’s top destinations for global LGBTQ+ travelers—not to mention, a fantastic destination unto itself. Santa Monica’s sunny weather and warm and inclusive vibes make it an ideal vacation spot for visitors from across the entire spectrum of the LGBTQ+ rainbow. This picturesque and laid-back city offers an array of unique venues and attractions catering to the LGBTQ+ community—including a prime section of gorgeous, three-mile long beach—and virtually all the top hotels, restaurants, shops and other businesses are categorically queer-friendly. Throughout the month of June, celebrate Santa Monica Pride with a diverse variety of fun and one-of-a-kind events. West Hollywood, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Los Angeles are all within easy reach, and Santa Monica’s compact size (just 8.3 square miles) and excellent public transportation system mean that you can easily get around without renting a car—a welcome rarity in Southern California.

So why wait—start planning your Santa Monica getaway now!

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