Explore Santa Monica
Known for its charismatic neighborhood vibe, this tree-lined street is a favorite among shoppers, foodies and those with an eye for the eclectic. Just two blocks from the water, Main Street offers a unique collection of boutique shops, restaurants and salons. On Sundays, residents gather in Heritage Square for the city's popular farmers market, which features live music, fresh produce and crafts.
The storied Santa Monica Pier is home to the historic Looff Hippodrome Carousel, seafood restaurants, Santa Monica Pier Aquarium and Coney Island-style amusement park rides. The pier bustles with souvenir shops, portrait and sculpture artists and arcade games. Next to the pier is Muscle Beach, an outdoor gym established in the 1930s.
A mecca for the entertainment and telecommunications industries, Wilshire Boulevard filters into downtown Los Angeles and is a principal arterial road, bordering the Third Street Promenade and popular Douglas Park. This world-famous boulevard, a mixture of condos and skyscrapers, connects five of Los Angeles's major business districts to each other, as well as Beverly Hills.