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Santa Monica is L.A.'s favorite beach destination. Tourists who fly into Los Angeles International Airport try to book hotel rooms in Santa Monica because they've heard so much about it. From the pier amusement that includes an historic carousel and a solar powered Ferris wheel, to the beach filled with sunbathers, it's just a stroll across the road to shopping and dining at Third Street Promenade, the outdoor plaza where you'll find street artists, fountains, outdoor kiosks and often see a celebrity trying to be in cognito.

A new attraction to Santa Monica is the remake mall overlooking the beach, Santa Monica Place. Great shopping with many boutique and couture options mixes with popular chain store offerings to provide one more compelling reason that tourists like to stay in Santa Monica.

Weekly Farmer's Markets, plays, theater, music, art and history walks are all part of this unique city a short drive from Hollywood, West Hollywood, and the many tour attractions in L.A.

Where to eat:

Le Pain Quotidien 316 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Off 10 Freeway, B/w 3rd and 4th Street

Get ready for fun-shine when you visit Santa Monica. It is one of the busiest beach cities in California offering a variety of hotels and many things to see and do during your excellent stay.

CLIMATE:
The city enjoys a year-round mild, balmy, humidity free climate with refreshing ocean breezes and mostly sunny skies. Winter temperatures average between 53F (13C) and 67F (19.5C). January highs often climb to 70F (21C). Average annual days of sunshine: 343.

COASTLINE:
Broad, glistening Santa Monica State Beach and Will Rogers State Beach in Santa Monica stretch within the 26 miles (42 km) along scenic Santa Monica Bay. Three miles of coastline is within Santa Monica proper.

Both Santa Monica State Beach and Will Rogers State Beach are excellent for swimming, surfing and volleyball. An extensive beachfront renovation was completed in 1999, including new public walkways, artistic sea walls, landscaping, and restoration of International Chess Park and return of original Muscle Beach.

ACCOMMODATIONS:
Santa Monica offers 37 hotels with more than 3,500 hotel rooms, ranging from deluxe to budget class. Many properties offer ocean views and are within walking distance of the beach, Pier, shopping and leisure activities. Low-season rates are available from October through March when accommodations can drop as much as 25 percent.

MEETING FACILITIES:
An excellent venue for beachfront meetings, Santa Monica boasts over 187,000 sq. ft. of function space along the Pacific shoreline (over 54,000 sq. ft in hotels). The city's variety of full-service conference and convention facilities range in size from 400 sq. ft., to 41,000 sq. ft. Santa Monica is noted for its unique meeting venues, including Hotel Casa Del Mar's Colonnade Ballroom, Fairmont Miramar Hotel, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, Bergamot Station, Barker Hangar, Gotham Hall and the Carousel at the Santa Monica Pier, just to name a few.

AIRPORTS:
Los Angeles International Airport is located 8 mi. (13 km) from Santa Monica via the 405 and 10 freeways. See map.

Santa Monica Municipal Airport, 3223 Donald Douglas Loop South, is one of the major general aviation airports in the nation with a mile-long runway (310) 458-8591.

Charters and sightseeing services are offered by Trans Executive Air Service, jet prop and jet planes are available at Santa Monica Airport (310) 397-3455.

Things to do in Santa Monica include shopping, sightseeing and galleries.


ART GALLERIES/MUSEUMS/PUBLIC ART:
Santa Monica offers some of the most prestigious and avant-garde art in Southern California. The city boasts more than 90 museums and galleries.

Information for tourists: Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) call (800) 544-5319; santamonica.com


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