So what is it about Santa Monica that gives it that something special? We have a few ideas.
It’s Got Culture: From the art galleries of Bergamot Station to contemporary dance and theater on the Broad Stage; Third Street Promenade performers and free summer pier concerts, Santa Monica boasts more than just beach culture—it’s a city that supports and celebrates the arts.
It’s Got Hip New Restaurants—and Old Haunts: Santa Monica has an eclectic and elevated food scene with some of the most highly regarded eateries in L.A., not to mention one of the best seafood markets in California—Santa Monica Seafood. From old haunts like Chez Jay and The Galley (complete with the old-timey sawdust floors) to new go-tos like Rustic Canyon, Local, Lunetta, and Cassia, you don’t need to travel far for a first-rate culinary experience.
It’s Got That Iconic View: There are few places in the world where you can surf and sunbathe against a backdrop as iconic as the Santa Monica Pier, complete with that world-renowned ferris wheel, the coast stretching mythically toward Malibu in the distance.
It’s Gone Green: Santa Monica is at the forefront of innovation and sustainability, from its Breeze Bike Share program and bike lanes to its farmers markets, incentivised LEED building codes and Big Blue Bus. And let’s not forget the new Expo Line, which will get you from the galleries at Bergamot Station to the dinosaurs at The Natural History Museum faster than a car in rush hour traffic—and let you read a book while doing it.