One of the most prominent parts of West Hollywood, Santa Monica is a beachside “city” that exemplifies the sunny and stylish lifestyle of Los Angeles. Bordered by the Santa Monica Mountains to one side and a beach to the other, this area of Los Angeles is primed for tourists looking for a quintessential taste of Southern California. Whilst guests of hotels near Torrance CA and the South Bay can enjoy serene coastal landscapes and a laid back atmosphere, Santa Monica is quite a different kettle of fish. The energetic hub of downtown LA makes for a perfect sightseeing locale and has an eclectic nightlife and culture.
So if you’re a first timer at Los Angeles’ hotel suites near Disneyland and you’re questioning where to start on a day out in Santa Monica, this blog will outline some of the best starting points in this buzzing coastal district.
Santa Monica Beach
Santa Monica Beach is 5 and a half kilometers in length and is one of the most popular recreation areas in the city. Kitted out with play areas, a nearby skate park, an amusement pier and popular surfing spots, this is a perfect place for newcomers to Santa Monica to get a taste of the area’s culture and atmosphere.
Pacific Park And Pier
You can’t talk about Santa Monica Beach without talking about the pier. This 1600 foot pier is home to a boardwalk and amusement park named Pacific Park. This glittering attraction is kitted out with classic fairground rides, arcade stalls and a famous Ferris wheel that offers brilliant views over the city from 85 feet in the air. Pacific Park is open from 11 am till 9 pm daily, plenty of time for guests of the Miyako Hybrid Hotel to enjoy the thrills and history.
Keeping our focus on the Santa Monica Beach area, Tongva Park should be next on your sightseeing list. Tongva Park was once a parking lot but has been redesigned into a beautiful oceanside hangout. Complete with waterfalls, walking trails , a playground and views over the Pacific, Tongva Park is a relaxing antidote to the noise of Santa Monica.
Palisades Park is one of the top spots to get views of the coastline and mountains in one go. Spanning 26 and a half acres, Palisades Park features beach bluffs, terraces and rose gardens. Visitors will also find a wealth of street art in this tree lined area, establishing it as one of Santa Monica’s favorite walking, jogging and cycling routes.
Head down to Santa Monica Boulevard and you’ll not only find some of the best restaurants in California, but the best movie theaters too. The Aero Theater is operated by the American Cinematheque, a company responsible for some of the best cinemas in Hollywood. The Aero Theater, however, has been running since 40s and benefits from stunning art deco architecture. The Aero programmes a mix of new independent cinema, film festivals and classic movies, making for an all-round great day out for Santa Monica cinephiles.