If you are looking for a vacation destination where you can enjoy exquisite beaches and yet have the convenience of being in a city, then Santa Monica, California is the place for you. This city by the sea has a blend of seaside charm and an urban center for everything you need in an unforgettable holiday. It boasts a healthy life style and a city where you can walk around freely and explore on your own.
Luxury resorts abound, as do hotels and motels. Dine on American cuisine in many locations, but you can also choose Thai, Caribbean, French, Chinese or eclectic cuisine for your dining needs. Experience the thrill of a Grand Prix driving range, a three passenger merry go round and more at the Playland Arcade. You can walk in the footsteps of movie stars at the Santa Monica Pier, where there is an amusement park and historical venues. Many movies have been filmed here and you may recognize some of the landmarks from your favorite films. The Pacific Park offers fun for the whole family with rides and midway games.
Take a look into Santa Monica's history at the Santa Monica Historical Society Museum and browse the art exhibits at several venues, such as the Santa Monica Museum of Art, the California Heritage Museum and the M Hanks Gallery. The Museum of Flying features rare collections of aircraft from World War II and you may beÂ in time for one of the auctions that are held here throughout the year.
Stroll through the more than 140 stores at Santa Monica Place or shop for specialty wines at Fireside Cellars. Art galleries have prints and paintings from local artists and beyond. The numerous gift and jewelery stores allow you to shop at many venues for something completely unique. You will have so much fun in Santa Monica that you won't want to return home.