Santa Monica is a beachside city of 8.3 square miles on the westside of Los Angeles County. Offering an environment of unparalleled natural beauty, the city is home to a mix of residential communities, commercial districts, and recreational venues. Recently named by National Geographic as one of the Top "10 Beach Cities in the World" and by TIME as one of the "Best Places to Live", Santa Monica features three miles of Pacific beaches and the Santa Monica Pier. Santa Monica’s residential population is approximately 93,000, increasing to an estimated 250,000 during the day with tourists, shoppers, and employees. Tourism attracts over 8 million visitors annually.
The beaches of Santa Monica attract all types of visitors, and on a normal day at the beach, you will likely see families playing on the sand next to mats laid out for a yoga fitness class. Also, don’t be surprised to see a celebrity out and about shopping or grabbing coffee at one of the local shops.
When you think of things to do in LA, do not forget Santa Monica. Make sure to visit the Santa Monica Pier, where a variety of shops, restaurants, and carnival attractions (including a solar-powered Ferris wheel) atop a historical wooden wharf. By night, the Third Street Promenade is the place to be, bustling with activity from moviegoers, party animals, and talented street performers.