How to Spend a Long Weekend in Santa Monica

16 Jan 2018

In a city famed for its beaches, pier, markets and art-filled streets, resident Evan Meyer – founder of the Beautify Earth initiative – leads the way on a weekend break in Santa Monica...

Friday in Santa Monica

Check in to the boutique Shore Hotel – just minutes from downtown – then jaunt down the boardwalk and enjoy a burger and beer at Big Dean’s Ocean Front Café. Frequented by celebrities, it’s been revered by tourists and locals alike since the 1970s. Soak up the vibes – even the residents treat 
life in Santa Monica like a vacation. 

Saturday in Santa Monica

Clear your head with a morning jog along the shore, stopping to swing on the rings at Muscle Beach. Pick up a coffee and some market-fresh food at Kafe K on Main Street, then explore the pier with its street artists and fairground – Pacific Park. In the evening, head downtown for dancing and drinking to the sound of live jazz and blues at Harvelle’s. And finish the night like a local with a slice at Joe’s Pizza on Broadway.

Sunday in Santa Monica

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast at Shoops deli on Main Street, then take a look at the Beautify Earth mural by Ruben Rojas at nearby Books and Cookies. Head to the Farmers’ Market one block away for cooking demonstrations and plenty to sample. In the afternoon, check out the boutiques on Third Street Promenade. Then relax with a stroll along the oceanfront Palisades Park – it’s a great spot to watch a spectacular Santa Monica sunset.

Monday in Santa Monica

Rent a bike and ride along the boardwalk, exploring the coast from eccentric Venice Beach to dazzling Malibu – take your swimming gear so you can cool off in the beautiful ocean as you go. Or simply head to Santa Monica Beach for an afternoon sunbathing on the soft sand. 

If you have extra time in Santa Monica...

There are more than 50 Beautify Earth murals brightening the streets of Santa Monica. Not only do they instil community pride, they also make for great photo opportunities!


Book your California holiday now! Santa Monica is just 10 miles from Los Angeles International Airport, with flights from £429pp return.


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