Santa Monica Pier
Collapse map / See photo gallery

Where historic Route 66 hits the bluffs overlooking the glistening Pacific Ocean sits the scenic city of Santa Monica that, along with much of LA’s Westside, has a relaxed and affluent vibe that starkly contrasts to the more hectic areas to the east.

By day there’s no shortage of outdoor activities, as the area’s wide, sandy beaches and adjacent bike paths are full of fitness-minded locals swimming, jogging, and playing volleyball. Tourists and families crowd the iconic Santa Monica pier and the popular weekly Farmers Market, while many of the city’s homeless laze along the grassy paths bordering Ocean Drive.

The shopping district centering around the Third Street Promenade bustles day and night with restaurants, fashionable stores, chill bars, a movie theater, and plenty of street performers to entertain the masses.

Much of Santa Monica’s nightlife caters to a preppier yuppie clientele that prefers more casual evenings of drinking and dining at the many seafront restaurants and hotel bars.

Those who want a livelier scene in this part of Los Angeles, however, will find a number of rowdy sports bars along Wilshire Boulevard that draw college students from nearby UCLA, as well as several “meat markets” on Main Street that fill up on weekends with a tipsier and flirtier crowd.

More
Less

Top Upcoming Events in Santa Monica / Westside

July 2014

Jul 31 Thu
30th Annual Twilight Concerts on the Santa Monica Pier

Concert / Outdoor Event / 60s Music / Bands / Dub / Free / Funk / Indie Pop / International / R&B / Reggae / Rock / Singer / Songwriter / Soul

Add to Calendar

August 2014

Aug 3 Sun
38th Annual Festival of the Chariots

Cultural Festival / Food & Drink Event / Street Fair / Festive / Food / Free / Shopping

Add to Calendar
Aug 3 Sun
8th Annual Jazz on the Lawn Summer Concert Series

Concert / Outdoor Event / Jazz

5:00pm
Add to Calendar
Aug 30 Sat
2014 Mr. & Ms. Los Angeles Natural

Awards Show Event / Fitness & Health Event

10:00am
Add to Calendar

Where to Go in Santa Monica / Westside

Want the inside scoop on all things to do in Los Angeles? Sign up for our weekly email and get in the know today!

Book Now and Save at Hotels.com

Are we missing a venue or event?
Find your scene