Santa Monica is an affluent area known for its majestic bluffs and scenic bike path along the ocean. It is a classic Pacific California city, famed for its natural beauty, coastal charm and luxurious lifestyle.
Santa Monica is also a dynamic, growing city with a robust economy. In recent years, Santa Monica’s “Silicon Beach” has become one of the largest tech hubs in the world. Silicon Beach is home to over 500 tech company offices and startups. Companies with a presence in Silicon Beach include Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, AOL, BuzzFeed and many others.
Santa Monica is home to the Santa Monica Stairs, a long, steep outdoor staircase that leads from north San Vicente down into Santa Monica Canyon. The picturesque vista from the Stairs attracts tourists and residents alike, and it’s very popular with exercise buffs.
A visit to Santa Monica is not complete without seeing the Santa Monica Pier. The iconic signage at the pier entrance welcomes the public to attractions such as Pacific Park, with a historic carousel, solar-paneled Ferris wheel, arcade, shops, pubs and restaurants. During the summer, the pier hosts outdoor concerts, movies, and free family-friendly activities.
In addition to scenic public parks and coastal recreation, Santa Monica offers residents an abundance of upscale shopping and fine dining. Santa Monica has 3 main shopping districts: Montana Avenue, the Downtown District (including the famed 3rd Street Promenade), and Main Street. Each district has its own unique style and atmosphere, ranging from the eclectic, to world-class luxury.
The newly-expanded Exposition Metro Line gives Santa Monica residents convenient access to Downtown Los Angeles.