Just 20 minutes from the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Santa Monica is a quintessentially Southern California beach city that stretches out over eight-and-a-half square miles on the Pacific Coast Highway. While striking the perfect balance of seaside charm and the west coast cool vibe, Santa Monica offers a variety of experiences for all travellers including beach lovers,adventure and thrill seekers, families, honeymooners, culinary enthusiasts and much more.
There’s nothing like packing your bags, hopping in the car and turning the radio dial up as miles of pavement pass beneath your wheels. In Southern California, where warm, sunny days make for perfect drives with the window down, the best road trip includes three amazing and unique regions all within a few hours of each other: Santa Monica, Greater Palm Springs and San Diego. Whether you’re a beach bum or a culture connoisseur, you’ll appreciate the variety of experiences that await in each place—and can be enjoyed in just 10 days.
You’re at the beach, relaxing, and just soaking up that awesome California sunshine when hunger pangs hit. Where do you go to find the best Santa Monica beach restaurants? What’s nearby? What about Santa Monica Pier restaurants? Well, we’re here to give you some outdoor dining options.