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Los Angeles is home to so many different towns and locales within its borders, it’s hard to pick just one to explore. We can help with that decision.
Santa Monica is a perfect destination because of its sweet location on the Pacific Ocean, the theme park on the pier and incredible shopping along its avenues. Be sure to sift through Wotif’s attractive offers for Santa Monica accommodation and start searching immediately.
Welcome to Southern California…now go home! Just kidding. But where you should go is to the Third Street Promenade to see if you can spot a celebrity while doing some shopping. Many big name department stores have retail space next to smaller boutiques, so you get an array of options. This place is also well-known for the street performers that come out of the woodwork when the sun sets.
It’s hard to take a trip to Santa Monica without spending time on the pier. More specifically, hanging out in Pacific Park, the amusement park with a one-of-a-kind solar-panelled Ferris wheel. Cool Fact: It’s the only amusement park on a pier on the West Coast. Take a ride on the West Coaster while Catalina Island looms in the distance.
Your West Coast adventure will begin when your flight touches down at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), 19 km from downtown Santa Monica. The easiest way to get to Santa Monica hotels is by taxicab services or private shuttles. Once you’re in town, the best way to get around is by foot, since most of the major attractions are nearby.
Are you ready to soak up the sun next to your favourite movie star? Browse our fantastic offers on hotels in Santa Monica and enjoy your time in La-la Land. Who knows, you may catch a break and find yourself on the big screen!
There’s always something to do at Santa Monica Pier. Ride Pacific Park’s roller coaster or Ferris wheel, which lights up beautifully at night. Test your skills at Trapeze School, visit the aquarium or enjoy a twilight concert. Santa Monica Beach draws visitors from around the world with its palm trees and miles of white sand. Wander the Oceanfront Walk and, if you think you’re in pretty good shape, show off your body at Muscle Beach.
If you love a good walk, Santa Monica is the home of more than 20 public parks. Palisades Park on Ocean Avenue is 26 acres of green space within walking distance of the beach.
Third Street Promenade is a pedestrian-only shopping street with big-name clothing, boutiques, book and gift shops, and street performers. Follow it to Santa Monica Place, an open-air shopping centre that’ll have you decked out in designer labels (and ready to hit the ritzy nightclubs of Los Angeles.
The birthplace of Californian “fusion” cuisine, Santa Monica has restaurants to suit every meal. Vegetarians, lovers of organic food, seafood and steak fans and coffee lovers will all find something here to satisfy.
Start by booking one of our cheap flights to Los Angeles. You can get from LAX to Santa Monica by bus, taxi or hire car, and when you arrive, it’s best to explore Santa Monica on foot. Wot are you waiting for? Book your Santa Monica accommodation with us and get ready to have some fun.
Need insider tips on must-see attractions in Santa Monica? Check out our Santa Monica travel guide!
Hotels in Santa Monica start at AU$164 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.