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Travel Responsibly

How to Travel to Santa Monica Responsibly

Santa Monica will always shine for you and welcome guests with open arms, and we want you to make the most of your beachside vacation. We encourage you to plan ahead, travel responsibly, set expectations and take appropriate precautions as you explore Santa Monica and beyond.

Responsible Travel in Santa Monica Right Now Means:

Know When to Mask Up

As of June 15, 2021, people who are not fully vaccinated must still wear masks in all indoor public settings such as, but not limited to, restaurants/bars, shopping malls, retail stores, gyms and fitness studios, movie theaters, performance venues and personal care facilities such as salons and spas. Masks are not required for those who are fully vaccinated, however, individual businesses have the discretion to continue requiring all guests to wear masks if they so choose. Face coverings are still required in K-12 schools, childcare facilities, healthcare facilities, public transportation and rideshare vehicles regardless of vaccination status. Masks are not required in uncrowded outdoor spaces for both fully vaccinated and non-vaccinated people.

Restrictions still exist for large events such as concerts, sporting events and festivals that include 5,000+ people indoors or 10,000+ outdoors. Indoor mega event attendees will be required to confirm proof of vaccination or negative covid-19 status to attend. Outdoor mega event attendees will be strongly encouraged to do so.

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Plan Ahead

Research a business or activity you’re interested in doing before you go. Call the business directly or check their websites and social media channels to find out if their operations are different. If you still have questions please call our Visitor Center at (310) 319-6263 or text (424) 443-8830 seven days a week from 9am – 5pm, or stop in at 2427 Main Street, open Monday – Friday, 9am to 5:30pm; Saturday & Sunday, 9am to 5pm. We’re happy to help answer any questions you have about visiting Santa Monica right now.

Set Expectations for Your Visit

Santa Monica is expecting a busy summer and as businesses catch up with hiring staff and changing operations, we ask that you be patient and allow for some flexibility in your travel and activity plans.

While the beach and pier are must-visits on your vacation, there are many other unique neighborhoods in Santa Monica to explore which may be less crowded. Check out the numerous street art murals on Pico Boulevard with a self-guided walking tour, splurge at the boutique shops and cafes on Montana Avenue, dine alfresco at one of the many restaurants on Main Street, stop by a gallery or two in Mid-City’s thriving arts district, buy fresh seasonal produce at one of Downtown Santa Monica’s Farmers Markets or shop for treasures in the Ocean Park Boulevard/Santa Monica Airport Area.

Go Car-Free

Going car-free is easy within Santa Monica’s 8.3 square miles which offer pedestrian friendly sidewalks, miles and miles of bike lanes, a light rail connecting Santa Monica to downtown LA, rideshare services, plus electric scooters. View all of Santa Monica’s public transportation options and review safety information for getting around the city.

If you must bring a vehicle, please read our parking page for more information.

Help Keep Santa Monica Clean

To keep our beachside city shining on, please be sure to clean up after yourself and throw all trash away in designated receptacles located throughout the city and on the beach.

Support Local Businesses

Did you know that for every $10 spent at a Santa Monica business, as much as $7 stays in the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures? With each purchase made in Santa Monica during your visit close you make an investment in our local economy, save time and reduce your carbon footprint.

Be on the lookout for Santa Monica Shines COVID-19 Assurance Program seals in the storefronts of Santa Monica businesses. These businesses have gone above and beyond to ensure you feel safe and comfortable. They have demonstrated rigorous cleaning protocols, trained staff on COVID-19 awareness and conducted an onsite walk-through with a member of Sustainable Works. Click here for more information.