Santa Monica contains the best of the California coast, on the westside of Los Angeles, a diverse business economy and an unequalled quality of life for visitors and residents.
Santa Monica is 8.3 square miles of businesses and homes; high profile corporate headquarters, a large hi-tech entertainment district, beautiful beaches, luxury hotels, delectable restaurants and some of the finest shopping in the Southern California. It is a stimulating atmosphere for living, vacationing and a dynamic place for business.
Founded in 1875 on the site of the land grant of Don Francisco Sepulveda, and incorporated in 1886, Santa Monica is situated on the Westside of Los Angeles County, due west from downtown Los Angeles, at the crossroads of the Pacific Coast Highway and Interstate 10. Santa Monica offers convenient access to major freeways, bus lines and airports, and is just 8 miles north of LAX.
Santa Monica’s coastal Mediterranean climate provides an ideal atmosphere for taking advantage of the famous California lifestyle. Centered on three miles of wide, white sandy beaches, the City enjoys a mild climate averaging about 68 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. Air quality is consistently good in the coastal district.
For more information on where to eat and stay in Santa Monica, please visit our Restaurant and Dining Guide and Hotel and Accommodation Guide.