The seaside city of Santa Monica has long been a refuge from reality, with beach goers enjoying the beautiful sand and waters. During the day, cyclists and rollerbladers travel The Strand, a paved beach path that stretches from Santa Monica to Playa del Rey. At night, the pier's amusement park is lit up, creating a romantic, nostalgic scene. The Third Street Promenade is Santa Monica's tourist area, consisting of several blocks of caf├ęs, bars, shops and a famous farmer's market on Wednesdays where you might spot a celebrity chef.
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Getting Around Los Angeles
The best way to get around Los Angeles is by car. There is an excellent public transportation system available as an alternative, but generally L.A. is best covered by car. No one walks in L.A., except on the beach.
Nearby Airports
  • Los Angeles International Airport-LAX
  • Burbank Bob Hope Airport (BUR) LA/Ontario International Airport-ONT
  • John Wayne Airport-SNA
Airport Taxis
  • $60 LAX to Downtown
Things to Do and See Near Santa Monica