Destination guide

Take in the beachside beauty of Santa Monica

The area's art galleries and live music are just a few of the reasons to vacation in Santa Monica. Well known for its beaches, seaside and shopping, this walkable city won't disappoint. Take in top local attractions like Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach. Whether you're planning a family holiday, romantic stay or friends trip, vacation rentals offer features like full kitchens and laundry facilities for a more convenient stay.

Activities

Activities and attractions in Santa Monica

Are you hoping to find attractions to visit during your stay? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Santa Monica a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. These are some of the top attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Santa Monica Pier (1.1 mi / 1.8 km)
  • Sony Pictures Studios (4.9 mi / 7.9 km)
  • Universal Studios Hollywood® (10.7 mi / 17.3 km)
  • Warner Brothers Studio (12.2 mi / 19.7 km)
  • NBC Studios (12.6 mi / 20.3 km)
  • Venice Beach Boardwalk (3.1 mi / 4.9 km)
Weather

Seasonal weather in Santa Monica

If warm-weather activities are high on your list, August, September, July and October are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 70°F.

Natural highlights

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Santa Monica

Santa Monica is famous for its beautiful ocean views and breathtaking sunsets. Whether you're an adventurous traveler or just want to appreciate the scenery, Santa Monica is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. Here are a few of the area's most eye-catching sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Venice Beach (2.4 mi / 3.9 km)
  • La Brea Tar Pits (7.9 mi / 12.7 km)
  • Griffith Park (13.9 mi / 22.3 km)
  • International Chess Park (1.1 mi / 1.8 km)
  • Original Muscle Beach (1.2 mi / 1.9 km)
  • Santa Monica Beach (1.3 mi / 2.1 km)
Transport

Traveling to and around Santa Monica

Fly into Santa Monica, CA (SMO-Santa Monica Municipal), the closest airport, located 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Los Angeles, CA (LAX-Los Angeles Intl.), which is 7.1 mi (11.5 km) away.

Where to stay around Santa Monica?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 3,742 holiday lettings near Santa Monica. From 1,616 Houses to 1,415 Condos/Apartments, find the best place to stay with your family and friends to discover Santa Monica area.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Santa Monica?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Santa Monica:

  • Sunset Park: 226 holiday homes
  • Pico: 144 holiday homes
  • North of Wilshire: 102 holiday homes
  • North of Montana: 117 holiday homes
  • Mid-City: 108 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Santa Monica?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Santa Monica. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Santa Monica College: 5,483 holiday lettings
  • International Chess Park: 5,308 holiday lettings
  • Bergamot Station Arts Center: 5,490 holiday lettings
  • Santa Monica Place: 5,465 holiday lettings
  • Santa Monica Museum of Art: 5,543 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Santa Monica listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Santa Monica?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 1,616 Houses in Santa Monica. Our other popular types of Santa Monica holiday rentals include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 1,415 self catering accommodations
  • Bungalows: 129 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 129 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Santa Monica?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 943 holiday homes with pool available in Santa Monica. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.