Destination guide

Take in the beachside beauty of Santa Monica

The area's art galleries and live music are just a few of the reasons to vacation in Santa Monica. Well known for its beaches, seaside and shopping, this walkable city won't disappoint. Take in top local attractions like Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach. Whether you're planning a family holiday, romantic stay or friends trip, vacation rentals offer features like full kitchens and laundry facilities for a more convenient stay.


Activities and attractions in Santa Monica

Are you hoping to find attractions to visit during your stay? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Santa Monica a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. These are some of the top attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Santa Monica Pier (1.1 mi / 1.8 km)
  • Sony Pictures Studios (4.9 mi / 7.9 km)
  • Universal Studios Hollywood® (10.7 mi / 17.3 km)
  • Warner Brothers Studio (12.2 mi / 19.7 km)
  • NBC Studios (12.6 mi / 20.3 km)
  • Venice Beach Boardwalk (3.1 mi / 4.9 km)

Seasonal weather in Santa Monica

If warm-weather activities are high on your list, August, September, July and October are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 70°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Santa Monica

Santa Monica is famous for its beautiful ocean views and breathtaking sunsets. Whether you're an adventurous traveler or just want to appreciate the scenery, Santa Monica is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. Here are a few of the area's most eye-catching sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Venice Beach (2.4 mi / 3.9 km)
  • La Brea Tar Pits (7.9 mi / 12.7 km)
  • Griffith Park (13.9 mi / 22.3 km)
  • International Chess Park (1.1 mi / 1.8 km)
  • Original Muscle Beach (1.2 mi / 1.9 km)
  • Santa Monica Beach (1.3 mi / 2.1 km)
How to get there

Traveling to and around Santa Monica

Fly into Santa Monica, CA (SMO-Santa Monica Municipal), the closest airport, located 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Los Angeles, CA (LAX-Los Angeles Intl.), which is 7.1 mi (11.5 km) away.

How many vacation rentals are available around Santa Monica?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 1,796 house rentals around Santa Monica. From 805 Houses to 594 Condos/Apartments, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Santa Monica is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Santa Monica?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Santa Monica:

  • Sunset Park: 148 vacation rentals
  • Wilshire Montana: 153 vacation rentals
  • Ocean Park: 397 vacation rentals
  • North of Montana: 100 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 122 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Santa Monica?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Santa Monica. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Santa Monica Pier: 736 home rentals
  • Original Muscle Beach: 2,563 home rentals
  • Santa Monica Place: 2,789 home rentals
  • Santa Monica College: 2,815 home rentals
  • Bergamot Station Arts Center: 2,813 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Santa Monica listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Santa Monica?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 805 Houses in Santa Monica. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Santa Monica include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 594 lodging choices
  • Villas: 59 lodging choices
  • Cottages: 71 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Santa Monica?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 532 vacation homes with pool available in Santa Monica.

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