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 280 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, spas, restaurants, attractions like the Santa Monica Pier and Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica events, and more.
The beaches of Santa Monica attract all types of visitors, and on a normal day at the beach, you will likely see families playing on the sand next to mats laid out for a yoga fitness class. 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, don’t forget Santa Monica. Make sure to visit the Santa Monica Pier, where a variety of shops, restaurants, and carnival attractions (including a solar-powered Ferris wheel) atop a historical wooden wharf. For Santa Monica nightlife, the Third Street Promenade is the place to be, bustling with activity from moviegoers, party animals, nightlife and bars, 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. Check out a Santa Monica tour by foot, bike or bus!