Just a short drive away from thriving LA, Santa Monica is the beach city turned tech-hub that keeps the Los-Angelinos’ sane.
When you think of the United States of America as a holiday destination, what springs to mind? The hustle and bustle of New York? Maybe the desert landscapes of Arizona or the colourful New Orleans? And, of course, let’s not forget the golden state of California.
With all this in mind, it will probably come as no surprise that the US is the fourth most popular destination for British holidaymakers after Spain, France and Italy.
If Los Angeles is on your list of places to visit – Air New Zealand direct flights from London make it easy to get there in 9 hours – then Santa Monica is a must-see destination just 20 minutes’ drive from the heart of the city.
The coastal city is growing in popularity with a thriving tourist trade transforming it from a place that people day trip to, into a destination in its own right. Perfect for a fun holiday with friends, a romantic getaway next to the ocean or a detox and wellness solo escape, here’s why Santa Monica should definitely be on your map.
Where to stay in Santa Monica
Where to eat in Santa Monica
What to do in Santa Monica
Private yoga class on Santa Monica Beach
Bike around the city
Indulge in a Korean Facial at Tikkun Holistic Spa
What to pack
Lead picture: Gerson Repreza
Air New Zealand flies directly to LAX from Heathrow with returns from £395 in Economy and £1,219 in Premium Economy. See airnewzealand.co.uk for more details.