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Santa-Monica is southern California living at it's best. The beautiful Santa Monica pier has been seen in countless movies and TV shows, and visitors can often watch scenes being filmed right on the beach. Santa Monica is three and a half miles of perfect white sand beach, sunny skies, and palm trees swaying in the warm ocean breezes. You can fish off the pier, go swimming in the ocean, play volleyball on the beach, play tag with the surf, or just sit back and work on your tan. You can see the original Muscle Beach, and for some of the best views of the Bay, visit Palisades Park atop Santa Monica's famous sandstone cliffs. The Santa Monica Pier is famous for its' beautifully restored historic carousel, and now it is also home to an amusement park. The city also has over 400 fine restaurants, dozens of art galleries, theater, street performers, and nightclubs. There are four distinct shopping districts for visitors and residents to enjoy in Santa Monica; the Main Street Shopping District, Montana Avenue, the Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place. You will find fashion boutiques, arts and antiques, farmer's markets, and home décor studios. Shopping in Santa Monica is upscale and chic and an adventure in itself. For even more pampering, you'll find many spas, salons and fitness centers available for your pleasure in and around Santa Monica. Located just 8 miles north of Los Angeles International Airport, Santa Monica makes a convenient, and beautiful, southern California vacation destination.

Surrounding areas: Brentwood, California (2.1 mi), Venice, California (2.2 mi), Pacific Palisades, California (3.1 mi), Venice Beach, California (3.3 mi), Marina Del Rey, California (3.4 mi), Westwood, California (3.8 mi), Playa Del Rey, California (5.1 mi)

Santa Monica Vacation Rentals

Santa Monica Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Gateway Hotel1920 Santa Monica BlvdSanta Monica, CA (310) 829-9100
Channel Road Inn219 W Channel RdSanta Monica, CA (310) 459-1920
Comfort Inn Santa Monica2815 Santa Monica BlvdSanta Monica, CA (310) 828-5517
Days Inn3007 Santa Monica BlvdSanta Monica, CA (310) 829-6333
Doubletree Guest Suites Santa Monica1707 4th StSanta Monica, CA (310) 395-3332
Four Points Sheraton530 W Pico BlvdSanta Monica, CA (310) 399-9344
Holiday Inn Santa Monica Beach Area120 Colorado BlvdSanta Monica, CA (310) 451-0676
Le Merigot - A JW Marriott Beach Hotel & Spa1740 Ocean AveSanta Monica, CA (900) 926-9524
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel1700 Ocean AveSanta Monica, CA (310) 458-6700
Ocean Park Inn2452 Lincoln BlvdSanta Monica, CA (310) 392-3966
Pacific Shore Hotel1819 Ocean AveSanta Monica, CA (310) 451-8711
Radisson Huntley Hotel1111 Second StSanta Monica, CA (310) 394-5454
Resthaven Motel815 Grant StSanta Monica, CA (310) 452-3977
Shutters On The Beach1 Pico BlvdSanta Monica, CA (310) 458-0030
Stardust Motor Hotel3202 Wilshire BlvdSanta Monica, CA (310) 828-4584
The Fairmont Miramar101 Wilshire BlvdSanta Monica, CA (310) 576-7777
The Georgian Hotel1415 Ocean AveSanta Monica, CA (800) 538-8147
Travelodge3102 Pico BlvdSanta Monica, CA (800) 231-7679
Wilshire Motel12023 Wilshire BlvdLos Angeles, CA1.8 mi.(310) 478-3545
ST Regis Regis Lodges Motor Hotel11955 Wilshire BlvdWest Los Angeles, CA1.9 mi.(310) 477-6021
Marina Pacific Hotel & Suites1697 Pacific AveVenice, CA2.5 mi.(310) 452-1111
Holiday Inn Express11250 Santa Monica BlvdLos Angeles, CA2.6 mi.(310) 478-1400
Best Western Royal Palace2528 S Sepulveda BlvdLos Angeles, CA2.9 mi.(310) 477-9066
Holiday Inn Express737 Washington BlvdMarina Del Rey, CA2.9 mi.(310) 821-4455
Ramada LTD3130 Washington BlvdMarina Del Rey, CA2.9 mi.(310) 821-5086
The Mansion Inn327 Washington StMarina Del Rey, CA2.9 mi.(310) 821-2557
The Inn At Venice Beach327 Washington BlvdVenice, CA2.9 mi.(310) 821-2557
Best Western Jamaica Bay Inn4175 Admiralty WayMarina Del Rey, CA3.0 mi.(310) 823-5333
Marina Del Rey Marriott4100 Admiralty WayMarina Del Rey, CA3.0 mi.(310) 301-3000
Marina International Hotel4200 Admiralty WayMarina Del Rey, CA3.0 mi.(310) 301-2000
The Ritz Carlton Hotel Marina Del Rey4375 Admiralty WayMarina Del Rey, CA3.0 mi.(310) 823-1700
Oakwood Worldwide Marina Del Rey4111 S Via MarinaMarina Del Rey, CA3.1 mi.(888) 268-9998
Super 8 Motel12664 West Washington BlvdCulver City, CA3.2 mi.(310) 306-8243
Tierra Del Ray4250 Glencoe AveMarina Del Ray, CA3.3 mi.(800) 773-1500
Courtyard By Marriott13480 Maxella AveMarina Del Rey, CA3.3 mi.(310) 822-8555
Los Angeles West Travelodge10740 Santa Monica BlvdLos Angeles, CA3.4 mi.(310) 474-4576
Claremont Hotel1044 Tiverton AveLos Angeles, CA3.5 mi.(310) 208-5957
Luxe Hotel Sunset Blvd11461 Sunset BlvdLos Angeles, CA3.5 mi.(310) 476-6571
Ramada LTD West1052 Tiverton AveLos Angeles, CA3.5 mi.(310) 208-6677
Marina Del Rey Hotel13534 Bali WayMarina Del Rey, CA3.6 mi.(310) 301-1000

Santa Monica Weather & Climate

Southern California enjoys a mild year round climate that is classified as Mediterranean. There are two distinct seasonal changes, categorized by the amount of rainfall received - a dry summer and wet winter with modest variation in temperature. In the dry season, a Pacific high-pressure system dominates the weather pattern creating warm and very dry air and a thick marine layer that typically advances inland during the night and burns off to hazy sunshine by midday. Surface pollutants trapped under the marine layer, or fog, create L.A.'s infamous "smog." In winter, the high system is no longer dominant and storms fed by subtropical moisture bring lots of rain into southern California during the months of November through March. Afternoon sea breezes of 10 to 15 mph are common. Strong offshore winds, known as "Santa Anas," though not uncommon, rarely cause damage.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 63°F 50°F 3.06 in. 58°F
February 63°F 51°F 3.29 in. 58°F
March 62°F 52°F 2.56 in. 60°F
April 63°F 53°F 0.53 in. 60°F
May 63°F 56°F 0.25 in. 60°F
June 65°F 59°F 0.04 in. 62°F
July 68°F 62°F 0.01 in. 64°F
August 70°F 63°F 0.13 in. 68°F
September 70°F 62°F 0.17 in. 69°F
October 69°F 59°F 0.36 in. 68°F
November 67°F 54°F 1.02 in. 64°F
December 64°F 50°F 1.85 in. 60°F

Santa Monica Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Los Angeles International airport (LAX) located about 6 miles southeast of Santa Monica in Los Angeles, California, the Van Nuys airport (VNY) located approximately 12 miles north of Santa Monica in Los Angeles ( Van Nuys ), California, the Bob Hope airport (BUR) located roughly 14 miles northeast of Santa Monica in Burbank, California, and finally the Long Beach airport (LGB) located around 23 miles southeast of Santa Monica in Long Beach, California.

Santa Monica Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Pacific ParkSanta MonicaCA 
Universal Studios HollywoodUniversal CityCA10.9 mi.
Knott's Berry FarmBuena ParkCA29.7 mi.
Six Flags Magic MountainValenciaCA30.0 mi.
Adventure CityAnaheimCA35.0 mi.
Disney's California AdventureAnaheimCA35.0 mi.
DisneylandAnaheimCA35.0 mi.
Scandia Amusement ParkOntarioCA47.7 mi.
Boomers Family Fun CenterUplandCA48.0 mi.
Castle Amusement ParkRiversideCA62.4 mi.
Pharaohs Lost KingdomRedlandsCA74.5 mi.
Legoland CaliforniaCarlsbadCA88.4 mi.
Water Parks
Six Flags Hurricane HarborSanta ClaritaCA25.8 mi.
Soak City U.S.A.Buena ParkCA29.7 mi.
Six Flags Hurricane HarborValenciaCA30.0 mi.
Raging WatersSan DimasCA39.1 mi.
The Haunted Galleon and Volcano IslandLake ElsinoreCA70.7 mi.
Pharaoh's WaterparkRedlandsCA74.5 mi.
Oasis WaterparkPalm SpringsCA111.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Brentwood Country ClubBrentwoodCA1.7 mi.
Penmar Golf CourseVeniceCA1.7 mi.
Brentwood LakeBrentwoodCA2.0 mi.
Shadow Lakes Golf ClubBrentwoodCA2.0 mi.
Westchester Golf CourseLos AngelesCA6.0 mi.
Griffith Park Golf CoursesLos AngelesCA7.5 mi.
Los Feliz Golf CourseLos AngelesCA7.5 mi.
Maggie Hathaway Par 3 Golf CourseLos AngelesCA7.5 mi.
Rancho Park Golf CourseLos AngelesCA7.5 mi.
Lakes at El SegundoEl SegundoCA8.8 mi.
Sepulveda Golf ComplexEncinoCA8.9 mi.
Rancho Maria Golf ClubSanta MariaCA9.0 mi.
Sunset Ridge Golf CenterSanta MariaCA9.0 mi.
Studio City Golf CourseStudio CityCA9.6 mi.
Marriott Golf CourseManhattan BeachCA10.2 mi.
Woodley Lakes Golf CourseVan NuysCA11.2 mi.
Van Nuys Golf CourseVan NuysCA11.7 mi.
Chester Washington Golf CourseLos AngelesCA12.0 mi.
Roosevelt Municipal Golf CourseLos AngelesCA12.8 mi.
Rancho Del Rey Golf ClubAtwaterCA14.6 mi.
Sea Aire Park Golf CourseTorranceCA15.2 mi.
Mission Hills Golf CourseSepulvedaCA15.6 mi.
De Bell Municipal Golf CourseBurbankCA16.3 mi.
South Gate Municipal Golf CourseSouth GateCA16.3 mi.
Palos Verdes Golf ClubPalos Verdes EstatesCA16.4 mi.
Scholl Canyon Golf & Tennis ClubGlendaleCA16.8 mi.
Malibu Country ClubMalibuCA17.0 mi.
Hansen Dam Golf CoursePacoimaCA17.2 mi.
Dominguez Golf & Practice CenterCarsonCA17.6 mi.
Compton Par 3 Golf CourseComptonCA18.0 mi.
Ski Areas
Ski SunriseWrightwoodCA53.9 mi.
Snow ValleyRunning SpringsCA79.6 mi.
State Parks
Santa Monica Beach State ParkCA1.4 mi. 
Santa Monica Beach State ParkCA1.4 mi. 
Will Rogers Beach State ParkCA2.3 mi. 
Will Rogers State ParkCA2.5 mi. 
Dockweiler Beach State ParkCA7.6 mi. 
Manhattan Beach State ParkCA10.6 mi. 
Redondo Beach State ParkCA15.1 mi. 
Malibu Creek State ParkCA15.2 mi. 
White Point State ParkCA23.7 mi. 
Placerita Canyon State ParkCA24.2 mi. 
Alamitos Bay State ParkCA28.9 mi. 
Point Mugu State ParkCA30.7 mi. 
Bolsa Chica Beach State ParkCA34.2 mi. 
Huntington Beach State ParkCA39.9 mi. 
Angels AtticSanta MonicaCA(Miscellaneous)
Museum of FlyingSanta MonicaCA(Technology)
California Heritage MuseumSanta MonicaCA(History)
West Valley MuseumWoodland HillsCA12.3 mi.(History)
Museum of ToleranceLos AngelesCA13.8 mi.(History)
Carole and Barry Kaye Museum of MiniaturesLos AngelesCA13.8 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Modern Fresco GalleryLos AngelesCA13.8 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Museum of Web ArtLos AngelesCA13.8 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Autry Museum of Western HeritageLos AngelesCA13.8 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
California African-American MuseumLos AngelesCA13.8 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
J. Paul Getty MuseumLos AngelesCA13.8 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
L. RON HUBBARD LIFE EXHIBITION MUSEUMLos AngelesCA13.8 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Reale-Rydell Computer MuseumLos AngelesCA13.8 mi.(Technology)
Getty MuseumLos AngelesCA13.8 mi.(Art)
Korean American Museum of Art and Cultural CenterLos AngelesCA13.8 mi.(Art)
Los Angeles County Museum of ArtLos AngelesCA13.8 mi.(Art)
Museum of FredLos AngelesCA13.8 mi.(Art)
Western Museum of ScoutingLos AngelesCA13.8 mi.(Children's)
Norton SimonPasadenaCA21.2 mi.(Art)
Long Beach Museum of ArtLong BeachCA24.4 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Los Angeles ZooLos AngelesCA13.8 mi.
Birch AquariumLa JollaCA36.5 mi.
Santa Ana ZooSanta AnaCA40.1 mi.
Santa Barbara Zoological GardensSanta BarbaraCA74.7 mi.
San Diego Wild Animal ParkSan DiegoCA118.3 mi.
San Diego ZooSan DiegoCA118.3 mi.
Sea World of San DiegoSan DiegoCA118.3 mi.

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