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Destination guide

Take in the beachside beauty of Santa Monica

The area's art galleries and live music are just some of the reasons to come on holiday to Santa Monica. Well known for its beaches, seaside and shopping, this walkable city won't disappoint. Take in top local attractions such as Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach. Whether you're planning a family holiday, romantic stay or trip with friends, holiday rentals offer features like full kitchens and laundry facilities for a more convenient stay.

Activities

Activities and attractions in Santa Monica

Are you hoping to find attractions to visit during your stay? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and experience everything that makes Santa Monica a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. These are some of the top attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Santa Monica Pier (1.1 mi / 1.8 km)
  • Sony Pictures Studios (4.9 mi / 7.9 km)
  • Universal Studios Hollywood® (10.7 mi / 17.3 km)
  • Warner Brothers Studio (12.2 mi / 19.7 km)
  • NBC Studios (12.6 mi / 20.3 km)
  • Venice Beach Boardwalk (3.1 mi / 4.9 km)
Weather

Seasonal weather in Santa Monica

If warm-weather activities are high on your list, August, September, July and October are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 21°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Santa Monica

Santa Monica is famous for its beautiful ocean views and breathtaking sunsets. Whether you're an adventurous traveller or just want to appreciate the scenery, Santa Monica is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. Here are a few of the area's most eye-catching sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Venice Beach (2.4 mi / 3.9 km)
  • La Brea Tar Pits (7.9 mi / 12.7 km)
  • Griffith Park (13.9 mi / 22.3 km)
  • International Chess Park (1.1 mi / 1.8 km)
  • Original Muscle Beach (1.2 mi / 1.9 km)
  • Santa Monica Beach (1.3 mi / 2.1 km)
How to get there

Travelling to and around Santa Monica

Fly into Santa Monica, CA (SMO-Santa Monica Municipal), the closest airport, located 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Los Angeles, CA (LAX-Los Angeles Intl.), which is 7.1 mi (11.5 km) away.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Santa Monica?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Santa Monica:

  • Mid-City: 107 vacation rentals
  • Ocean Park: 439 vacation rentals
  • North of Montana: 93 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 67 vacation rentals
  • Pico: 104 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Santa Monica?

Vrbo UK offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Santa Monica. From Vrbo UK travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Santa Monica Pier: 912 vacation rentals
  • Bergamot Station Arts Center: 3,073 vacation rentals
  • Jadis: 3,098 vacation rentals
  • Annenberg Community Beach House: 3,049 vacation rentals
  • The Acting Studio at Edgemar: 3,072 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Santa Monica listed on Vrbo UK where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.