While climate in other parts of the world oscillate between brutal winters and scorching summers, the Santa Monica community enjoys bright blue skies, stunning sunsets and cool ocean breezes all year-round. This near-perfect weather allows a balance of active and relaxing lifestyle. Here are a few suggestions on how to get around Santa Monica like a local. By Team T+L
Buy Fresh From The Farmers Market
Named as one of the best markets in the United States by Travel + Leisure, the Santa Monica’s Farmers Market has made a huge impact on the Los Angeles dining scene over the past 34 years. The four weekly farmers markets in Santa Monica, offer the country’s most unique and beautiful produce such as flowers, meats, cheeses, nuts, fish and more.
Enjoy The Sunset Happy Hours
The happy hours offering from over 60 restaurants in Santa Monica perfectly doubles as an opportunity to explore the local dining scene at nominal costs and getting friendly with the Santa Monica locals while witnessing an absolutely stunning sunset.
Free Concerts At The Pier
One of the most popular activities in the region, the annual Twilight Concert Series at Santa Monica Pier hosts free open-air concert featuring top jazz, pop and iconic music performances attracting people of all ages. The audience is formed of families, couples and friends, who gather both on the pier and on the beach below to picnic and enjoy live music next to the Pacific Ocean. Talk about a better concert setting!
Get Around On A Bike
Nation’s largest full-service bike centre, the Santa Monica Bike Centre offers new, premium and rental bikes as well as the kits and equipment. Visitors can grab these bikes and get around the bike-friendly streets of Santa Monica like a local while embracing the eco-friendly lifestyle of this active and progressive community. When in Santa Monica, do ride a bike as it is the best and most economical way of getting around.
Any trip is not complete till you shop local at the destination. Santa Monica is home to eight different shopping neighbourhoods, with their own vibe and flavours brought together by the many locals who own small clothing stores, art galleries, restaurants and more. Support these locals by stepping into their businesses, meeting them and buying locally.
Soak Up The Local Art And Culture
An urban outpost for arts and culture that’s simple yet futuristic, Santa Monica is home to more than 120 museums, art galleries, live theatres and public art displays. The Bergamot Station facilitates as the centre for exploring Southern California’s largest art complex and cultural centre and check out works by local artists, designers and photographers. If performing arts appeals more to you, do check out the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage at Santa Monica College or one of the many local performing art venues, and you won’t be disappointed at the discoveries you make.
Help Protecting Their Beach And Bay
The Santa Monica community cares deeply about preserving the beach and its surrounding bay. The locals work hard to keep it clean and safe, and regularly work in conjunction with the Heal the Bay organisation to do so. You should definitely take part in the entire ceremony as the sense of joy and satisfaction earned in return is incomparable to any other feeling, just like the Santa Monica vibe.
Santa Monica is a city of fit and active lifestyle. While in town, make sure to take advantage of the outdoor spaces, winding bike paths and running trails that Santa Monicans use as their very own outdoor gym. The flying trapeze lessons on the pier or synchronised swimming and stand up paddle board classes at the Annenberg Community Beach House would mesmerise you with the idea of fitness being fun.
Head To The Eco-Friendly Ferris Wheel
This world’s only solar-powered, 13-storey Pacific Wheel was named as one of the “World’s Coolest Ferris Wheels” by Travel + Leisure. A seat on the Pacific Wheel offers panoramic views of Los Angeles’ coastline, and mountains from more than 185 feet above the Santa Monica Pier. The Ferris wheel’s 174,000 energy-efficient LED lights, create a 85-foot high computer-generated light show for night-time beach-goers to enjoy.