Santa Monica’s story began when a Franciscan monk, inspired by the region’s natural springs, named the area after Saint Monica. The rest, as they say, is history – and it’s a rich history at that. Santa Monica has 5.6 km of well-maintained golden California beach and enjoys, on average, 340 days of sunshine a year. Both a seaside town and bustling city, Santa Monica has activities for young and old, from beach games and bike paths to art galleries and nightclubs, from shopping and fitness to theatere and concerts.
There’s the Santa Monica Pier, Muscle Beach and of course Disneyland and Hollywood… the list is almost endless. The Third Street Promenade is world-famous for its alfresco shopping, tasty restaurants and cafés all in the heart of the city. Santa Monica hotels range from luxury to boutique, and beachfront to motels. Stay in the thick of it all and check out the Viceroy Santa Monica hotel or Casa Del Mar hotel.