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The beautiful Santa Monica, California, can offer you a lot more than just beaches and absolutely beautiful, warm year-round weather. In fact, with its close up proximity to Los Angeles' main area, Santa Monica is the perfect place to make your home base for vacationing friends, families or loved ones, or even just business travelers.
Of course the incredible beaches of her manger Ron to Santa Monica, and its 5 km stretch of coastline makes Santa Monica incredibly walkable which ties in perfectly to the laid-back beach town atmosphere that the city exudes. Santa Monica is also made up of eight different neighborhoods which each offer extremely diverse mixes of shopping centers, culinary adventures, entertainment and a lot of outdoor recreation. Though the walk abilities a key feature of Santa Monica, the public transit makes the town incredibly accessible and easy to get around without having to rent a car.
One of the most popular neighborhoods in all of Santa Monica is a downtown third Street Promenade area. Located a few blocks east of the pier, this neighborhood is a premier destination for locals, and visitors who are looking for a shopping excursion for everything ranging from designer clothes to home decor. There is even a local artisan coffee and handcrafted cuisine to indulge in. The renowned open air, pedestrian-only Third Street Promenade is home to some of the best people watching in the entire state. The city also runs plenty of outdoor events such as movie screenings, and a farmers market.
This neighborhood is also home to some of the best culinary adventures Santa Monica has to offer. At The Misfit bar, one of the areas most popular themed bars, the roaring '20s are back in style in both the decor and the cocktails they serve. There is also the Ye Olde King's Head, which is perfect for ordering up some fresh cod and chips, all while taking in the Premier league soccer game at this old English style pub.
Of course, maybe the most iconic images Santa Monica is the Ferris wheel just off of the Santa Monica pier. This staple of the picturesque beachfront community has become one in the same with Santa Monica, and thus is one of the most beautiful, and historically important sites that one can see when visiting Santa Monica.
The Pier was constructed in 1909, and was the first concrete pier on the entire West Coast. This area quickly earned a reputation as being one of the best fishing spots in all Santa Monica. A lot of areas now marked as a national historic landmark including the lovely carousel that was opened in 1916.
The family-friendly Pacific Park was named by Yahoo! Travel as California's best amusement park. The park features a roller coaster that peaks at 55 feet above the Pacific Ocean, this allows Midway games, food and shopping. Thanks to the beautiful weather Santa Monica has all year round, the amusement park is open 12 months a year - though the hours to vary depending on season.