City of Santa Monica official website:tba
Tourist and travel information on beaches, vacations, holidays, hotels, dining.
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Santa Monica,California CA
The Santa Monica Pier.
Santa Monica College
Santa Monica College, a community college in Santa Monica, California, USA.
Santa Monica Bay
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Los Angeles International airport (LAX / KLAX)
Perched on the Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica is situated at the crossroads ofPacific Coast Highway and California Interstate Highway 10.
Broad, glistening beaches stretch for 26 miles (42 km) along scenic Santa MonicaBay with three miles (5 km) of coastline within Santa Monica proper. Primarybeaches include Santa Monica State Beach and Will Rogers State Beach. Both areexcellent for swimming, surfing and volleyball. An extensive beachfrontrenovation was completed in 1999, including new public walkways, artistic seawalls, landscaping and restoration of International Chess Park and return oforiginal Muscle Beach.
Santa Monica has hotels ranging fromdeluxe to budget class. Many properties offer ocean views and are within walkingdistance of the beach, pier, shopping and leisure activities. Low-season ratesare available from October through March when accommodations can drop as much as25 percent.
Points of interest
Farmers Markets -Bustling European-style markets feature organic and exoticproduce, flowers and herbs.
South Bay Bicycle Trail - A 22-mile (35 km) paved beachside stretch withcafes, bicycle and rollerblade rental concessions.
Palisades Park -A cliff-top 26-acre (11 ha) greenbelt perched over thePacific with miles of lush greenery and shady palms for walking, resting,jogging, picnicking and bicycling.
Public Art -Outdoor art is everywhere in Santa Monica, from a variety ofmurals to eye-popping beachfront sculpture, sea walls and statuary. More than 30pieces of art dot the city.
Santa Monica Pier - Oldest pleasure Pier on the West coast, opened in1909. Pacific Park amusement ride center houses the world’s first solar-poweredFerris wheel. The Pier also features Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium,historic Hippodrome and hand-crafted carousel (circa 1922) with 44 hand-paintedwooden horses (adults 50 cents/children 25 cents), dining, amusement games,shops and a fresh fish market. Year-round entertainment is offered, includingthe summer Twilight Dance Series and winter.
Muscle Beach & International Chess Park -Three-acre alfresco gym andadjoining 80-seat play area for chess enthusiasts. Santa Monica State Beach.
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area -150,000-acre (60,702 ha)facility offers camping, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, picnicking,nature walks, bird watching, astronomy programs and botany lectures.
Whale Watching -Seasonal guided tours (Feb. - Apr.) can be enjoyed fromadjacent Marina del Rey.
Will Rogers State Historic Park -186-acre (76 ha) ranch of the latehumorist, also in the Santa Monica Mountains, offers weekend docent-led tours ofthe ranch house; hiking, stables and free public polo matches on Sundays.
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