Plan a Weekend in Santa Monica 2023 – Are you considering a move to Santa Monica, or investing in a second home there? One of the best ways to find out if it is the right spot for you is to plan a weekend of exploring some of the best Santa Monica has to offer. Enjoy a few days as a tourist to get to know this favorite beachfront community and determine where you might want to live in it.
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Get in the Ocean
Perhaps it goes without saying that your weekend in Santa Monica should include some time in the ocean. Book some surf lessons with a local surf school, rent some paddle boards to take out, or just grab a coffee and walk along the coastline if it’s a little too cold to get in the water.
Lunch at Perry’s Cafe at the Beach
Perry’s Cafe at the Beach has been an iconic Santa Monica beach spot for over 40 years. Their fresh, classic menu features gourmet burgers, sandwiches, salads, and more that can all be enjoyed in the ocean air. You can even opt to dine on the beach, toes in the sand, by booking a butler to provide beachside lunch service while you lounge under shade umbrellas.
The cafe is located right off the bike path known as “The Strand,” which stretches 22 miles from Torrance in Los Angeles’ South Bay area up to Will Rogers State Park in Pacific Palisades. The cafe also offers bike rentals, so you can set off for a ride along the beach after lunch.
Santa Monica Pier
There are few more iconic landmarks in Santa Monica than the Pier. Whether it’s a quick stroll along the pier to get a feel for the atmosphere, or a longer time spent enjoying the pier’s activities, restaurants, and shops, it’s a must see while you are exploring Santa Monica. Don’t forget a ride on the famous ferris wheel!
Downtown Santa Monica
Of course Santa Monica is a great place to enjoy the coast, but it’s also known as one of the best places to shop in LA. The Third Street Promenade in Downtown Santa Monica is a pedestrian-friendly shopping haven that is home to both your favorite global retailers and some locally owned boutiques and small businesses. Spend some time strolling among more than 200 retailers, with ocean air, live music, and street entertainers to create a distinctly California vibe.
Santa Monica is home to many amazing restaurants. To enjoy the full Santa Monica dining experience, choose a seaside restaurant where you can enjoy an ocean sunset during dinner, like Terrazza at the Hotel Casa del Mar. The menu is inspired by what is locally and seasonally available, with an emphasis on fresh seafood and Italian influence.
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