Santa Monica

This beachfront city is located in western Los Angeles and is surrounded by breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. With hot spots like the Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Park, the full-service amusement park on the Pier that has the only over-water ferris wheel in California, this beach town has a vibrant urban vibe and is known for its beautiful scenery and award-winning dining options. As one of California’s iconic stretches of shoreline, Santa Monica has a population of over 92,000 spread out over 8.42 square miles of land. With broad, glistening beaches that stretch 26 miles across the Santa Monica Bay, Santa Monica is bordered with Malibu and Venice and is easily accessible from Los Angeles. Best known for its beaches, the main beaches in Santa Monica include Santa Monica State Beach and Will Rogers State Beach, which are popular for folks who want to swim, surf, run and play beach volleyball or just relax on the sand with friends and family. With over 300 days of sunshine annually, it’s no surprise that many dining areas are beachfront and have outdoor seating to enjoy the beautiful weather. The weather and atmosphere has made Santa Monica known for its luxury beachfront hotels, delicious restaurants, and high-end boutiques as well as quaint shopping areas. Third Street Promenade is one of the most notable and bustling hubs of Downtown Santa Monica, as the street is filled with shopping areas, street performers, a vast variety of food options, a weekly farmers’ market and more. Located only two blocks from the beach, the pedestrian-only and open-air entertainment destination is one of the most popular areas in Santa Monica. Santa Monica has ranked as one of the Top 10 Beach Cities in the world by National Geographic. With its charming atmosphere, this urban city is not only beautiful, but a great place to live.