Santa Monica

The laid-back side to Los Angeles, the beachside suburb of Santa Monica is quintessential California cool.

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Located just 20 minutes west of downtown Los Angeles, and basking in 280 days of sunshine a year, Santa Monica is home to luxury spa hotels, world-class restaurants, swanky nightlife, family-friendly exploration and unmatched shopping – all while offering a laid back surf culture that can only be found by the Santa Monica Bay.

Vibrant and fun, Santa Monica is a walkable oasis teeming with opportunities for outdoor recreation and all-round good living. Catch some waves on the 5.6 kilometres of golden beach or sit back and soak up the sunshine. Jump on the solar-powered Ferris Wheel at the town’s historic pier or stand over the Pacific to watch the awe-inspiring nightly sunsets. Santa Monica has eight distinct neighbourhoods to explore, so you won’t run out of things to do. Stroll through the sculptures and rose gardens of Palisades Park, cycle the 35-kilometre coastal bike trail, known as The Strand, or work out on Muscle Beach. Indulge in premium retail therapy at Third Street Promenade and peruse local markets and art galleries along Montana Avenue. You’ll be spoiled for choice come any mealtime, and you can cap off your evenings enjoying cocktails with ocean views. Not to be missed, Los Angeles’ coolest neighbour is an absolute treat.

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Things to do in Santa Monica

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Ben Line - Head of Sales

Ben Line is the Head of Sales at Journeyscape and our sister brand Journey Latin America, having lived abroad and travelled extensively over the years.

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Mallika Jain - Travel Expert

Mallika’s love for North America first began when she attended an American boarding school as a teenager. Her mother’s side of the family lived in the USA, so she enjoyed frequent trips across many states.

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Joshua Salter - Travel Expert

Joshua has been travelling to the USA since childhood, visiting his father and four siblings on the west coast. He is fortunate to have travelled to 42 of the 50 US states, and hopes to complete the set by his next big birthday.

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Dominique Kotsias - Product Manager

Dominique caught the North America travel bug when she was in her late teens and has travelled extensively throughout the USA and Canada, particularly drawn to the countries' outstanding natural beauty and wildlife. With over 10 years of product and marketing experience in North America, Dominique’s passion for the destination is infectious.

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