Trendy Santa Monica is Cool For Vacation

The beautiful coastal city called Santa Monica is perfect to visit during vacations.

There are 400 restaurants around here, a lot of them considered "trendy" or "hip.” Some luxury hotels which you can book by visiting

Our recent visit to Santa Monica reminded us of why we moved to California. The weather was one of that clear-as-a-bell and those days that do come around more often than you might think, the haze having been efficiently removed by some winds and moisture the day before we arrived.

Such weather shows off Santa Monica as it was meant to be. The views from Palisades Park are breathtaking and take in not only the expansive beaches but such distant features as Malibu on the north and even Catalina Island to the southwest.

It's no wonder that half of L.A. seems to be down here jogging or walking. Wide, tree-lined and well-landscaped Ocean Avenue stretches along the coastline offering about as pretty a downtown street as you'll see considering this is all modern office buildings and not historic mansions.

The Santa Monica Pier is the dominant feature on the water's edge – and also over the water — and is a favorite for families.

Just up from the pier are blocks of shopping in the popular Downtown Third Street Promenade, an area where city fathers have taken a street and turned it into a pedestrian mall.