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Best Santa Monica Staycation Ideas

Best Santa Monica Staycation Ideas

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Over 3.5 million people choose Santa Monica as their vacation spot each year, thanks to its nearly perfect weather, beautiful beaches, energizing nightlife, and vibrant art and culture scene. Locals have learned to live around the tourists, and have a few local spots perfect for a staycation. 


If you’re living in Santa Monica and want to plan the perfect staycation, check out some of these local spots:  



Where To Stay 

Sometimes, a weekend at one of Santa Monica's most prestigious luxury hotels is just what you need to clear your head and get away for a while. But if you're looking for something a little more intimate and less crowded, check out some of these cool boutique hotels in Santa Monica: 


Viceroy Santa Monica– A luxury resort and hotel that features chic accommodations, five-star amenities, and a prime location just minutes from the beach. 


Shutters on the Beach– Located directly on the beach, this resort features two oceanfront restaurants, an outdoor swimming pool, and a spa. 


Channel Road Inn– A boutique hotel located just blocks from the beach featuring  


Ambrose Hotel- The Ambrose Hotel is a boutique hotel that features an eco-chic aesthetic and ample amenities 


Shore Hotel- an eco-friendly boutique hotel that boasts bright and airy oceanfront rooms that are within walking distance from the famous Santa Monica Pier. 


Where To Eat 

One of the best parts about being on vacation is trying new restaurants. If you’re treating yourself to a staycation in Santa Monica, add some of these local eateries to your itinerary:  


Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery– This iconic deli and bakery has been part of the Santa Monica food scene since the early 20s and is the go-to spot for Italian deli/grocery store supplies, signature sandwiches, Italian gourmet produce, deli salads, and freshly cooked pasta dishes. 


Father’s Office. Arguably one of the best fast-casual restaurants near the Pier, this charming burger joint features a great selection of snacks and a rotation of 36 craft beers 


Upper West: Upper West features an extensive bar, comfy lounge areas with lofty ceilings, and a breezy outdoor patio. The menu, carefully curated by Chef Nick Shipp combines contemporary American dishes with global influences 


Lanea: Known for its colorful street food & a wide choice of mezcal, tequila, or classic bar drinks, this late-night spot is a great place to unwind after a day at the beach and connect with friends in the comfortable lounge spaces.  


Best Places For A Photo Op: 

Is it really a staycation if you don’t take pictures in front of Santa Monica’s most iconic landmark and post it on social media? Get your phones ready and don’t miss an opportunity to get a group photo in front of these highly Instagram-able spots:  


  • Ocean Avenue 

  • Santa Monica Pier  

  • Main Street Murals 

  • Brandy Melville California Sign 

  • Inspiration Point 


Things To Do 

If you’re coming to Santa Monica to disconnect, it’s easy to find a quiet spot on the beach or in a quiet bookstore or coffee shop and take it easy. But if you want to stay busy and experience the culture of the city, check out some of these entertainment ideas to make your trip even more exciting  


  • Laugh until it hurts at a live show at The Crow Comedy: 

  • Enjoy classic cocktails and a secret speakeasy vibe at The Queensberry, if you can find it  

  • Work up a sweat hiking the Solstice Canyon Loop 

  • Enjoy the beach without the crowds at Marina Peninsula Beach 


Bottom Line 

Santa Monica is a great place to visit, but it's an even better place to live. If you’ve always dreamed about living in a diverse community surrounded by gorgeous beaches, good food, and a vibrant nightlife scene, check out NMS Lincoln today

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