Destination guide

Take in the beachside beauty of Santa Monica

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


Activities and attractions in Santa Monica

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

  • 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)

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 21°F.

Natural features

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 traveller 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 centre:

  • 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)
How to get there

Travelling 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 centre. 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.

How many holiday rentals are available around Santa Monica?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,012 holiday lettings around Santa Monica. From 686 flats & apartments to 48 villas, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a seaside property in Santa Monica?

If you're into sea views and the sound of rippling waves, you're in luck! There are 330 beachside getaway homes to pick from. Of course, that might not suit everyone. Fortunately, HomeAway has plenty of other choices, including:

  • 269 ocean-view holiday accommodation options.
  • 218 beach-view holiday accommodation options.
  • 216 beach holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a house in Santa Monica?

If you're after a home away from home for your upcoming trip, renting an entire house is a fantastic idea. You and the gang will have ample space for all your getaway activities. There are 1,017 houses currently on HomeAway. Prices start from £22 per night. If that doesn't agree with your crew's taste, we've got a range of different self-catering accommodation options to select from, such as:

  • Apartment: 482 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £30 per night.
  • Condo: 131 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £43 per night.
  • Studio: 116 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £51 per night.

Can I stay in Santa Monica in a large group?

There's nothing better than reuniting with old work colleagues or spending time with your loved ones in a terrific new locale. And the best thing, HomeAway has options big enough for everyone. House holiday rentals are the favourite option for larger sized groups, with 228 featured here. Properties around the area that are perfect for large groups include:

  • Looking for properties that can hold 6 people? We have 814 that will suit. Prices begin from just £81 per night.
  • If you've got 8 in your crew, you'll be pleased to learn that there are 502 rental accommodation that are ideal. The starting price is £115 a night.
  • Going away with 5 guests? We offer 332 holiday rentals that fit the bill. Prices start from £43 a night.

So don't fear! When you book with us you'll be able to bring your aunt, your cousin and all your buddies to Santa Monica.

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in Santa Monica?

Friends become our chosen family. Reunite with those who mean the most to you and plan a value-packed stay with HomeAway. Silver Lake is a great area to check out if you want to keep an eye on your budget. HomeAway has 184 holiday rentals, and the average price is a very agreeable £134 per night. Los Feliz is another place to consider. We have holiday rentals here, and the average price is around £154 a night.

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