Santa Monica, California

Santa Monica may arguably be the most well-known beach community in the country. Set along three miles of Pacific Ocean beachfront, it features one of the most pleasant climates you'll find anywhere. Often featured in television shows (Baywatch) and movies, Santa Monica enjoys over 300 days of sunshine per year. A lot gets packed into this city of a little over eight square miles. Its school system is one of the best in California and features Santa Monica College.

From beach volleyball, to biking, roller-blading, and jogging along the incredibly popular 22-mile long beach bike path, sunny Santa Monica encourages an active, outdoor lifestyle. Santa Monica is also one of the few places in the L.A. area where you can park your car and walk to just about anything you need. Here you will find 400 Santa Monica hotels and restaurants, all within walking distance of one another. Traffic is light... you can walk just about anywhere within Santa Monica. Enjoy the street performers, festivals, fairs, arts and crafts shows, and exhibitions. Other popular attractions are the weekly farmers markets held on the city streets. Santa Monica is only 10 miles from the world-class Getty Museum, 13 miles from downtown L.A., 45 miles from Disneyland, and 8 miles from the L.A.X. airport although Santa Monica has its own airport). Sandy beaches, fresh ocean breezes, the exciting Santa Monica Pier, trendy nightlife on the Promenade, renowned restaurants, numerous theaters, sophisticated shops and funky boutiques, an outdoor market, beautiful Santa Monica Place Mall, an historical museum, and one of the most exceptional school systems in Southern California!


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