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We all know the iconic Beach Boys hit “Good Vibrations.” The first few notes immediately paint a picture in our minds of sand, surf, and summer in the California sun! It takes us to a happy, place where we are forever young and carefree – where beaches beckon during the day and friends call to us under the twinkling night lights. And really, that’s exactly what you’ll find in this quintessential California beach town – good vibrations in Santa Monica!
Santa Monica is 8+ square miles of walkable, sunny, fun on the Santa Monica Bay. It’s just west of Los Angeles’ big city bustle but tucked into its own artsy beachside enclave.
Here your inner surfer can catch a rad wave, then relax with vintage wine and fine cuisine. Or hike a trail in the lush Santa Monica Mountains and then relax at sunset on the pier. Shop the unique boutiques and then rejuvenate at a world-class spa.
You’ll find your good vibrations (whatever they are) in Santa Monica!
The historic Santa Monica Pier was a first-rate fishing dock when it was built in 1909. Since then, the first concrete pier on the West Coast has become the stuff of legends!
Maybe it’s the nostalgic carousel that has charmed visitors since 1939 or the towering Pacific Wheel that seems to spin precariously over the Pacific. Perhaps it’s the old-timey carnival games, local vendors peddling handmade treasures, mouthwatering goodies, or the steal-your-breath street performers.
Maybe it is simply the spectacular sunsets.
Whatever draws you to the Pier, you’ll feel like a kid as you soak up the seaside atmosphere.
Santa Monica is also the perfect place to indulge in a little “me” time. Health and wellness are spotlighted here in countless ways.
Visit a trendy spa for an oxygen-infused facial or a reiki session. Rejuvenate in an infrared sauna – or with yoga on the beach (a good book works, too!)
Enjoy the fresh fare that California is known for when you visit the Farmers Market on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.
Bag up some fresh berries or sample an artisan creation. With more than 75 farmers spread out over 4 blocks, you can take your time as you wind through booths packed with produce, flowers, and California favorites.
Savor the flavors of Santa Monica, the original home California fusion cuisine. Dine on dishes marked by a variety of cultures and fresh ingredients that come together to create an explosion of flavor.
Indoor or out, the restaurants here never disappoint!
For a change of scenery, head out of town on a regional wine tour. You’ll zip along the Pacific Coast and into the canyons for stops at local wineries and tasting rooms.
Keep the good vibrations going with year-round summer fun! An abundance of sunshine and warm weather means there’s never a bad time to visit.
While you’re in Santa Monica, catch a killer wave at one of the best surf spots in the world. Or go zero gravity in a game of beach volleyball.
Fun fact! Santa Monica is the birthplace of beach volleyball.
If you’d rather keep your feet firmly on the ground – or rather the pedals- hop on a bike tour. Electric or old-fashioned pedal power provides ample opportunity to explore the hidden nooks and crannies of Santa Monica.
If you want to find out even more about why everyone loves this eclectic seaside community, Destination Dispatch will host Ozzi Otero from Visit Santa Monica in an upcoming episode.
Tune in for some great group info and ideas!
Santa Monica is always giving off good vibrations! It’s warm, welcoming, and wonderfully wild!
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