3. Because you can experience Santa Monica and Los Angeles without a carAlthough may people immediately associate Los Angeles with freeways and traffic, visitors will be pleasantly surprised to arrive at the western end of Route 66 and discover that Santa Monica is entirely accessible without a car. The city’s 8.3 square miles are best explored on foot or by bike, and the majority of Santa Monica’s hotels are close to the city’s top shopping, outdoor activities, entertainment and dining. The newly opened Expo Line in Downtown Santa Monica provides rail service to the city for the first time in over 50 years. Visitors and locals are now able to take advantage of a daily service between Downtown Los Angeles and Downtown Santa Monica in only 46 minutes, no matter the time of day. With consistent access to Los Angeles’s growing rail network, visitors will find it easier than ever to base their stay on the beach while enjoying convenient and car-free access to the rest of Los Angeles. Want to see what Santa Monica’s like for yourself? Keep reading and watch our video guide 1. Because you’ll get sun, sea and sandSanta Monica is where the city meets the sea. Its three and a half miles of glistening coastline dazzle on more than 300 days of sunshine each year. The wide beaches stretch north and south from the iconic Santa Monica Pier, while the adjacent oceanfront bike path offers an easy cruise through one of the most scenic backdrops in the world. Don’t forget to hit Perry’s on the Beach, where beach butlers will set up your lounge chairs, coolers and serve you delicious snacks – all you need to worry about is getting those toes in the sand. 5. Because you’ll stay in styleSanta Monica is home to one of the most unique, celebrated hotel collections in all of California. The city’s 38 hotels range from world-famous oceanfront resorts to more budget-friendly stays. Check out the classic rooms at the historic Hotel Carmel, in the heart of Downtown Santa Monica just one block from the beach. Best Western Plus Gateway’s central location on Santa Monica Boulevard offers modern double rooms at affordable prices, while The Comfort Inn’s outdoor pool is always a hit with holidaymakers. The newly-renovated Le Meridien Delfina’s contemporary style is complete with cabana beds. For stylish suites, book at Doubletree Suites Santa Monica, or experience mid-century luxury at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalow’s newly renovated bungalow suites. This article was produced in conjunction with and paid for by British Airways and Santa Monica Tourist Board, who also supplied the images.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Now see if you can resist Santa Monica… RelatedLA life: Explore the best neighbourhoods in Santa MonicaThinking of taking a trip to Santa Monica? Find out what the LA lifestyle is all about by checking out one of these eight unique neighbourhoods: 1. Montana Avenue 2. Pico Boulevard 3. Wilshire Boulevard 4. Main Street 5. Downtown Santa Monica and Third Street Promenade 6. Santa Monica Pier…Winter sun stars: 5 dream beach destinations to beat the winter bluesSitting, staring out of the window dreaming of white sand against bright blue skies? Yeah, us too. 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Try your hand on the famous rings at the original Muscle Beach at the foot of the Pier, or learn to surf or paddleboard on Santa Monica’s gentle waves. Break a sweat at one of Santa Monica’s countless yoga and spin studios, go for a run along the beach, or work those obliques during a thrilling flying trapeze class on the Pier. Grab a post-workout green juice, or fill up on some of the healthiest cuisine around at one of the city’s many renowned vegan or raw restaurants. 4. Because you’ll find plenty of things to doYou won’t sit for long in Santa Monica – there’s too much to do. You can’t miss the famous Pacific Park amusement arcade on the Pier, with its brightly painted roller coaster and the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel. Get behind two wheels on the longest oceanfront bike path in the world, or head to the pedestrian-only Third Street Promenade to shop and people watch. Santa Monica is also home to eight distinct neighborhoods, each with their own unique character and plenty of visitor attractions. Check out the eclectic bars on Main Street, the high-end boutiques of Montana Avenue, or discover Mid-City’s art scene just for starters. No trip to Santa Monica is complete without experiencing the city’s thriving culinary scene, fueled by celebrity chefs, culinary innovators, and access to some of the finest produce in the world at the city’s four weekly farmers markets.