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This property allows you to book online with a credit card. After submitting a reservation request, the owner or manager has 24 hours to accept, at which time your card will be charged and you will receive an email confirmation

Recent Santa Monica reviews

  • Charming house. Good location.

    "We spent 5 nights here in July and enjoyed our stay. The beds were comfortable and the size was just right for my husband, myself and our two practically grown children. My daughter LOVED the way the house was decorated and my husband loved the off street parking. I liked being able to sit outside in the gorgeous California weather! We were close to the beach in a nice neighborhood with a variety of restaurants and grocery stores. We would recommend this property."
    Guest: MKKBirmingham Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 2, 2014
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  • Charming cottage -- lovely place to stay

    "My family had the lovely experience of staying in this Santa Monica cottage. The cottage is located behind the owner's home. Private enough and a charming place to spend time. The location is ideal -- walking distance to much and a short drive to everything else. The owner was wonderfully helpful. Highly recommended."
    Guest: Lisa D. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 14, 2014
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  • Best Rental Ever

    "We just returned from a long Labor Day weekend family vacation to the LA area and could not have been more impressed with the accommodations. We have booked through VRBO in a dozen different cities and two foreign countries and this, by far, was the best ever. Top end features, comprehensive supplies, great location and the most personable hosts ever in Howard and Jacqui. Better than advertised."
    Guest: Justin Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 2, 2014
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  • great house

    "Exactly as described; 1 block from beach, within walking distance to resturants, clean etc. We had 2 families, 9 people, plenty of space and beds, never ran out of hot water. Roof top deck is great! Everything is included; beach chairs, nice linens, beach towels and toys for kids. We really enjoyed the house and would highly recommend!"
    Guest: k Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: May 21, 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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