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Recent Santa Monica reviews

  • Location, Location, Location!

    "Location, Location, Location. Great apartment great view.Walking distance to pier restaurants shopping etc. Could not faullt it or the service from condo's. We will return."
    Guest: Duncan D. Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: September 1, 2014
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  • Sanctuary on long road trip

    "The apartment has a great location, 2 mins walk from shops and restaurants on Montana Ave and 10 mins walk from beach. It's spotlessly clean, and furnished and equipped amazingly, especially the kitchen which we wished we could take home with us. We were looking for a holiday home away from home to revive us in the middle of a long road trip, and it fit the bill exactly. Cynthia looked after us really well and made sure we had everything we needed to enjoy our stay. Would recommend to anyone wanting to try life as a Santa Monica local."
    Guest: The Carrolls Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: July 16, 2014
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  • Visiting our daughter who lives in Santa Monica

    "My wife & I needed a place to stay to visit our daughter, a local resident. This apt. was a great choice for us. It is very clean, it is up to date with modern appliances, has recessed lighting, it is quiet, and is walking distance to the overpass which leads to the beach, as well as to a variety of stores including a grocery store (5 blocks) and the infamous promenade. If you have a car, the garage is plenty big with ample space for both a car and bicycles. Extra bath towels were provided and also beach towels. Our daughter was impressed as she is very familiar with the types of apt’s being offered in that area. She was further impressed it has central air conditioning, something that is not all that common for this area. It has an open floor plan providing a spacious feeling. Large flat screen tv, an updated shower/bath with strong water flow from shower head round out this lovely apt. One minor suggestion for improvement is to have a solid door where the toilet is located instead of a door with smoked glass as when someone uses the commode in the middle of the night the light can be disrupting to the person that is still sleeping. We thoroughly enjoyed this accomodation and would definitely stay here again."
    Guest: El Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: October 18, 2014
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  • Mom's 80th Birthday Celebration

    "Perfect size for our party of 10! Excellent living space for hanging out together. We had an 80th birthday party catered in - 16 people attended and we had ample seating and mingling space. Location could not have been better - 10 minute walk to the beautiful Santa Monica Beach. Easy drive to prime shopping and restaurants (a great Italian restaurant right down the street). Neighborhood was beautiful and felt safe. Kitchen was modern/updated. Outdoor space was well maintained and nice for lounging. Comfortable for all, and we ranged in age from 15-87yrs. Highly recommend for family gathering."
    Guest: JazzyLD Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 7, 2014
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Santa Monica Travel Tips

The beachfront city of Santa Monica is situated along the Santa Monica Bay and bordered on the remaining three sides by Los Angeles. The area is home to an eclectic mix of locals - from celebrities to executives, families, surfers, students and professionals.

Santa Monica is known for it’s spectacular climate all year long, making it an ideal vacation destination no matter what time you visit. The area is mainly known for its aquatic activities, and you can schedule surf lessons, enjoy the relaxing beaches and wander along the famous pier. In addition, Santa Monica has a thriving arts community where you can see stunning works in all mediums, interesting museums that teach you about the city’s history and amazing shopping districts.

Things to Do

Santa Monica Pier: The Santa Monica Pier is home to Pacific Park, a family amusement park whose center piece is a large Ferris wheel. Visitors can also ride a carousel from the 1920s or visit the aquarium, shops, arcade and restaurants. If you’ve ever wanted to fly through the air with the greatest of ease, check out the trapeze school or watch live entertainment. The pier is also now the official endpoint to Historic Route 66. Over time, the 83-year-old highway has undergone changes and the new official end of the road lands you right in Santa Monica.

Santa Monica Aquarium: While you’re visiting the pier, take some time to check out the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. It’s operated by Heal the Bay and serves as a marine education facility. The aquarium offers visitors a variety of exhibits where they can see aquatic life up close and personal, including sharks, octopuses, crustaceans, fish and a rocky reef. As you peruse the different native marine life you can learn about pollution prevention, environmental education and marine conservation.

Pacific Park: Another stop along the pier you’ll want to make for some family fun is Pacific Park. It’s the only amusement park in the west coast situated on a pier. It houses 13 exciting rides including the only solar-powered Ferris wheel. Take in stunning bird’s eye views of the Pacific Ocean from atop this ride, then enjoy thrills on the roller coaster.

Santa Monica Stairs: Outdoor fitness lovers will be thrilled to see the long, steep staircase leading from north of San Vicente to the Santa Monica Canyon. The stairs are a popular destination for outdoor workouts, so don’t worry about getting out of shape during your vacation. Head to the stairs to burn off the delicious meals you’ve been eating and work up a well-deserved sweat.

Santa Monica Museum of Art: Located in the Bergamot Station Arts Center, the Santa Monica Museum or Art exhibits local, national and international works by contemporary artists. It was founded in 1984 and houses a main space as well as two project rooms. Exhibitions are created by both in-house curators as well as guest curators from around the globe, all bringing a unique perspective to this art lover’s paradise. The museum also hosts programs like artist talks and educational workshops so patrons can learn more about the pieces and who created them.

Looff Hippodrome: A hippodrome was an open-air stadium for horse and chariot races in ancient Greece. Currently in Santa Monica, the Looff Hippodrome is a nationally landmarked structure situated at the shore of the of Santa Monica Pier. It’s been home to a variety of vintage merry-go-rounds, including Looff’s carousel and Wurlitzer organs. The building's remains provide visitors a fascinating example of structures that used to be on the amusement pier. In 1987, the Looff Hippodrome was declared a national historic landmark.

Shopping and Dining in Santa Monica

Third Street Promenade: This upscale shopping, dining and entertainment area is a pedestrian-only complex stretching three blocks. Road traffic is closed here, allowing people to gather, stroll and enjoy the street performances. Te Third Street Promenade offers a one-stop shopping experience for all of your purchasing needs and provides a variety of entertainment and culinary options as well.

The Lobster: For a luxury dinner with the big bucks, plan a night at The Lobster. Dine in style as you gaze out over the Pacific Ocean. The restaurant is located on the eastern end of the pier and offers top-notch seafood dishes, cocktails and a stunning California vista.

Typhoon: Adventure seekers should plan a trip to Typhoon, a restaurant best known for its menu of exotic fried insects like crickets, scorpions, sea worms and ants. For those looking for more traditional Asian dishes, Typhoon also serves dim sum and sushi.

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