Beach • Trendy • Touristy
If you crave a beachy neighborhood, head for one of the world’s best: Santa Monica. Walk around or pedal on 22 miles of bike paths during more than 300 sunshiny days a year. Old Sol even powers the Ferris wheel at historic Santa Monica Pier, where food and drinks are as plentiful as ocean breezes. Ride public trains, buses, or stroll tree-lined 3rd Street Promenade for shopping, dining and live entertainment in this have-it-all surf town.