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200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA
The Santa Monica Pier embodies what Southern California is all about: fun in the sun. Popular with tourists and locals alike, this iconic boardwalk adjacent to the Pacific Ocean—filled with all the amusement rides, midway games, fried food, ice...
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1 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405, USA
Shutters is a preppy beach resort that feels more like Martha's Vineyard than Santa Monica. The amenities are luxury but its ambience is charming. With cool ocean breezes and the beach steps away, there's no better place to unwind and discover the...
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101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA
After losing my rental apartment due to leaky Southern California construction during record-breaking winter rains, I was evacuated to luxury and bliss at the Fairmont Hotel down the street. I spotted a whale in the Santa Monica Bay shortly before...
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1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, CA 90405, USA
Casa Del Mar is an elegant hotel on the beach with panoramic ocean views. The regal lobby bar and lounge is a gathering spot for laptops during the day and revelers at night.
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1301 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA
An art deco icon, built in 1939 for the silver screen stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age, the Hotel Shangri-La is a beachfront beauty made for decadence. As the original Shangri-La—the big chain is just leasing the name—the boutique...
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1001 3rd St, Santa Monica, CA 90403, USA
For a beachside pied-à-terre, Palihouse Santa Monica is surprisingly moody and dramatic, with nary a white linen slipcover or seashell detail in sight. Which is, of course, a good thing, because a Nantucket-style seaside aesthetic...
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1 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405, USA
If a stately Nantucket mansion—complete with gray siding and white trim, shaded verandas and shuttered windows—were picked up and dropped on the Santa Monica shore, it could do no better an impression of a New England seaside retreat...
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1700 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA
Hotels are central to social life in LA and are as much about entertaining as they are about sleeping. From the fabulous poolside parties to the upscale bars and restaurants, hotels are a haven for some of the best food, drink and social scenes in...
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225 26th St #51, Santa Monica, CA 90402, USA
A small storefront in the charming Brentwood Country Mart is lit up late after the rest of the village has gone to sleep. Here at Sweet Rose Creamery, organic milk, eggs, cream, and sugar are transformed daily into the purest-tasting ice cream,...
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1408 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404, USA
Located in Santa Monica, Tacos Por Favor caters to the most eclectic group of people I have seen so far on my taco crawl. A huge, packed seating area plus the interesting combination of patrons (families, elderly persons, hipsters, etc.) suggested...
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1000 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA
The best seafood in LA is by the beach. Fresh fish is served at an array of dining atmospheres from casual shacks like Malibu Seafood and Reel Inn to fancy restaurants like Moonshadows and Chart House. The fish tacos at James’ Beach are as good as...
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101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA
Fig is an amazing American Bistro on property at The Fairmont in Santa Monica. Dinner at the bar is lots of fun if you can't get a table.