Santa Monica Itinerary for 5 Days : Ultimate Santa Monica Travel Guide

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Santa Monica 5-Days Itinerary: Cheap Flights to Santa Monica

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Day 1 | Morning

Pacific Park

Opening Hours: Open from 11:00am-9:00pm

Ticket Price: 31.45 USD

Recommended Length of Stay: 2-3 Hours

Location: 380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Located on the Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles, Pacific Park is an amusement park located on the pier. The amusement park features 12 rides, including a nine-story solar-powered Ferris wheel and a five-story roller coaster. You can experience this solar-powered Ferris wheel with your family and get a bird's-eye view of the Southern California coastline from more than 130 feet. The Ferris wheel is equipped with more than 160,000 energy-saving LED lights, and you can see the dynamic and beautiful landscape at night. If you are looking for a thrill, you can experience the steel roller coaster, overlooking the Pacific coastline, and feel the salty and humid breeze from the ocean. Many amusement facilities in the park are suitable for the elderly and children to participate in, so take your family to play here for a whole day.

Day 1 | Afternoon

Now we come to another great highlight in the city: Santa Monica State Beach.

Santa Monica State Beach

Opening Hours: Open 24 hours

Ticket Price: Free

Recommended Length of Stay: 1-3 Hours

Location: Santa Monica State Beach, California, USA

Santa Monica Beach is a popular seaside holiday retreat in Los Angeles. Boasting turquoise water and pristine sand beaches, this is a place teeming with waterfront restaurants, bars and shops, making it a site bustling with action both day and night. With magnificent seascape much adored by Hollywood film directors, this is where many movies and TV shows have been filmed. Santa Monica Beach sits at the end of Route 66, a road of great historic value that traverses across the US from east to west. As a cultural symbol, the signpost of Route 66 is a photo takers’ mecca.

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Trip.com User: Santa Monica Beach is located in Los Angeles , California . it is a very wide beach the attracts thousands of people each day of the year . The world famous Santa Monica Pier is located here . You csn get some beach food on the pier . There are also amusment rides on the pier including tbe world famous horse carasoul as seen in many movies . To th east of the beach is a very large shopping complex . The complex also has places for you to get a bite to eat . the people are very friendly in this area and not as many street beggars as Venice Beach .

Trip.com User: One of my favorite spot in LA. There is so many people but beach is so beautiful. There is pier and have amusement park so you can chill at the beach at daytime and after that, you can enjoy at the pier. There is shopping street calls 3rd street so you can Also shopping or eat there. You better bring jacket or something at night even if its hot in the city cause its getting so cold at night. even daytime thought.

Day 1 | Evening

Don’t forget to book The Maybourne Beverly Hills in advance, because all the tourists head to Santa Monica State Beach love staying at it.

The Maybourne Beverly Hills

Montage Beverly Hills Hotels location within 90210 is situated in the heart of the famed Golden Triangle. Located in the center of Los Angeles - Montage Beverly Hills Hotel is the only hotel in Beverly Hills to overlook beautiful gardens which - combined with the hotels spa and rooftop pool - create the feeling of a resort in the heart of Beverly Hills. The hotel is only steps from world-renowned shopping boutiques - art galleries and restaurants and just one block from Rodeo Drive. . A Forbes Travel Guide Five Star hotel - facilities at Montage Beverly Hills Hotel include Spa Montage Beverly Hills featuring L. RAPHAEL - consistently ranked as the top spa in the city with 20000 square feet of facilities - a well-appointed health club - an outdoor rooftop swimming pool with private cabanas plus an indoor Jacuzzi. The hotel features two restaurants with indoor and al fresco dining with stunning views - as well as two lounges. The hotel also offers 24-hour business services - over 18000 square feet of meeting space plus accessible facilities. Services available 24 hours include room service - concierge desk plus laundry - pressing and dry cleaning services. . Accommodations include 146 guestrooms plus 55 suites. Views available include the cityscape - Beverly Canon Gardens and the Hollywood Hills. Luxurious amenities in all rooms and suites include an LCD television - sumptuous bedding - an executive desk plus an in-room tablet featuring access to all of the hotels amenities and services at the touch of a button. Marble and mosaic-tiled bathrooms feature dual wash basins - an oversize bathtub with an integrated TV - a separate shower with dual shower heads and WC separate from the washroom. Complimentary wireless Internet access and champagne on arrival is included. Connecting rooms are available for select rooms and suites.

Day 2 | Morning

Santa Monica Place

Ticket Price: Free

Recommended Length of Stay: 2-4 Hours

Location: 395 Santa Monica Pl, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA

Located near Santa Monica Beach, Santa Monica Plaza is a shopping paradise with shopping stores, restaurants and leisure venues. It is also often featured in Hollywood movie scenes. It is a very trendy shopping place in California. The plaza is adjacent to Third Avenue (ThirdStreetPromenade) and is also two blocks away from Santa Monica Beach, which is very close. If it's winter, the mall also has twinkling lights, Santa's holiday cabin, and a beautiful Christmas tree. After shopping, you can also head to the ICE outdoor skating rink on Fifth Walk and Arizona Avenue for the season's exclusive activities.

Day 2 | Afternoon

When time permits after visiting Santa Monica Place, don’t forget pay a visit to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign.

Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign

Ticket Price: Free

Recommended Length of Stay: 0.5-2.0 Hours

Location: Ocean & Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA

The sign plaque in front of the Santa Monica Pier, marking the end of North American Route 66, is a classic place for tourists to take pictures.

Day 2 | Evening

For convenient access to more popular attractions, Hotel Bel-Air - Dorchester Collection is the best places.

Hotel Bel-Air - Dorchester Collection

This historic, 1950s hotel is located in Bel-Air neighbor of Los Angeles and features rooms with flat-screen TVs. The hotel has a large garden and a full-service spa located on-site. Hotel Bel-Air rooms include large windows and views of the garden. The rooms are equipped with white bedding and modern furnishing. Bathrobes are available in adult or children’s sizes for the spa-style bathrooms. The property features an outdoor pool. The hotel has a state-of-the-art fitness center. The hotel also hosts resident swans in the garden pond. Guest can have a drink in the Bar & Lounge with features 1 fireplace, grand piano, and views of the gardens. The Hotel Bel-Air restaurant features Mediterranean fusion and is managed by Wolfgang Puck. The shopping on North Rodeo Drive is 3.6 miles from the property.

Day 3 | Morning

Santa Monica Pier

Location: 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA

The Santa Monica Pier is a large double-jointed pier located at the foot of Colorado Boulevard in Santa Monica, California, and is a prominent one with over 100 years of history. The pier contains Pacific Park, an amusement park one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art solar-paneled Ferris wheel. It also has Salvation Bay, shops, entertainers, a video arcade, trapeze school, and the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium run by bars and restaurants. The western end of the pier is a popular spot for anglers. Outdoor concerts, movies, and other family-friendly events are held weekly at the marina venue during the summer.

Day 3 | Afternoon

Having the chance to enjoy the charming Santa Monica Pier, Third Street Promenade next to it is another great place that you will never want to miss!

Third Street Promenade

Ticket Price: Free

Recommended Length of Stay: 2.0-3.0 Hours

Location: 1351 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401,USA

"Third Promenade" is a more famous street in Santa Monica, and it is also a pedestrian street closer to Santa Monica Beach. There are many warm and romantic cafes, cinemas and many small shops that are popular with young people on both sides of the street, as well as pedestrian streets. The "three blocks" from SantaMonicaPlace to WhilshireBlvcl are all concentrated on this street. Every corner of the street is very delicately decorated. This street is closed to vehicles and is a paradise for shopping.

Day 3 | Evening

Looking for a bed nearby after finishing your journey at Third Street Promenade? The Beverly Hills Hotel is one of your top choices.

The Beverly Hills Hotel

Known as “The Pink Palace,” this luxury hotel on Sunset Boulevard features full-service Spa and a beautiful outdoor pool. Downtown Beverly Hills is just 1.6 km away. Bright and elegant rooms of The Beverly Hills Hotel feature marble bathrooms, TVs and minibars. Spacious suites pay homage to the legacy, while bungalows offer the true Hollywood experience inspired by their famous guests. The Polo Lounge at the hotel is a popular dining place for celebrities. For casual dining, discover the 1950s-style Fountain Coffee Room or relax poolside at The Cabana Cafe. The Beverly Hills’ pool features underwater music, private cabanas and personal staff service. The fitness center provides free fruit, juices and water while guests work out. The Beverly Hills Hotel is across from Will Rogers Memorial Park. Greystone Mansion is 6 minutes away.

Day 4 | Morning

Montana Avenue

Ticket Price: Free

Recommended Length of Stay: 2.0-3.0 Hours

Location: Montana Ave, California, USA

Montana Avenue is a famous shopping district in Santa Monica, with a variety of shops, cafes and restaurants, which is a good place for shopping and leisure.

Day 4 | Afternoon

Annenberg Community Beach House nearby is the top choice before you leave Montana Avenue and hit the road.

Annenberg Community Beach House

Recommended Length of Stay: 0.5-1 Days

Location: 415 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, CA 90402, USA

The beachfront villa is a community center for tourists, with spectacular views, playgrounds, hotels, beach courts, summer swimming pools and open spaces for community activities, group activities, partying, etc.

Day 4 | Evening

After visiting the glorious Annenberg Community Beach House, The Peninsula Beverly Hills nearby is the best place to stay.

The Peninsula Beverly Hills

*** To learn more about our COVID-19 Hygiene and Safety Protocols - please visit peninsula.com/safety *** . In the very heart of Beverly Hills - The Peninsula Beverly Hills is tucked away in one of the most prestigious residential locations in Los Angeles - at the intersection of Wilshire and South Santa Monica boulevards. The hotel is walking distance to the financial and shopping areas of Century City and Beverly Hills including Rodeo Drive. . The Peninsula Beverly Hills is the only hotel in Southern California to earn both the AAA five diamond and Forbes five star awards for more than 20 consecutive years. Facilities include a rooftop 60-foot lap pool with 12 private poolside cabanas - a comprehensive health club and full service spa. Business services include meeting space for up to 150 persons and a full service business center. The hotel features two restaurants offering world class dining - 24-hour room service - 24-hour concierge - designer boutiques - 24-hour laundry and dry cleaning service and ADA-certified facilities. . The Peninsula Beverly Hills offers 195 elegantly appointed guest rooms - including 38 suites and nine private villas nestled amid lush tropical gardens. Guestrooms and suites offer Italian marble bathrooms with oversized bathtubs and many feature a separate shower. A state-of-the-art electronic system allows guests to control their room environment with the single touch of a fingertip. Room amenities include complimentary high speed cabled and wireless internet access - a fax-copier-printer-scanner plus a spacious desk with an ergonomic chair.

Day 5 | Morning

Mt Olive Lutheran Church

Recommended Length of Stay: 1-2 Hours

Location: 1343 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405, USA

Christian Church in Santa Monica offers a variety of services including worship and education. It also performs a variety of artistic activities every month.

Day 5 | Afternoon

Having the chance to enjoy the charming Mt Olive Lutheran Church, California Heritage Museum next to it is another great place that you will never want to miss!

California Heritage Museum

Opening Hours: Open on Wed-Sun,11:00am-4:00pm

Recommended Length of Stay: 2.0-3.0 Hours

Location: 2612 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405, USA

California Heritage Museum Displays collections of pottery, colored tiles, furniture, folk art, retro surfboards and so on.

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