Santa Monica, Venice, & Malibu

by: Barbie Bertisch

LA Coastal Beauty

We love a good West Coast sunset, people watching, and supporting local businesses. Don’t you? And it’s even better when the three blend together and create amazing results. Cue coastal SoCal.


The iconic Venice Beach boardwalk has been the backdrop of countless movies, like Grease, American Gigolo, Xanadu, Speed, and White Men Can’t Jump, to name a few. Venice is where the more laid back LA crowd generally flocks to. The area has tons of great boutiques and restaurants to choose from and stroll.

Santa Monica

While it may be heavy on the tourist population, Santa Monica harbors a few gems that cannot be ignored. You can stay within the iconic Pier and beach area, catch a killer sunset, or venture into the farmer’s market. Our favorite way to get around is either by walking on the promenade or renting a bike (scooter, if you dare) and making stops along the way.


Last but not least, Malibu is THE destination for some of the most gorgeous beaches you’ll encounter in LA. We encourage you to visit Zuma, El Matador, Point Dume, and Leo Carrillo beaches–where the rocky cliffs, sunset situations, and caves will have you begging for more.

Heading North

Our final word of advice is to simply hop on the Pacific Coast Highway and drive north and back again. Visit The Getty Villa and Eames House while you’re at it. You won’t regret it.

  • Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

    Booking at Loews Santa Monica Beach means that cityscape and sprawling beach views are in store. This bright hotel is spacious, and filled with understated, luxurious minimalism. If you’re seeking a laid back vacation in bustling Santa Monica, any room at this spot will fit the bill. You might even want to extend your holiday in order to spend some more time with your toes in the sand.

  • Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica

    Le Meridien’s Santa Monica hub offers wonderful accommodations to compliment the landscape. The interior is drenched in warm brown and deep blues to match the beachfront vibe. This expansive luxe hotel offers great dining options, plenty of amenities, and bike rentals–perfect for riding around Santa Monica so you can explore on your own terms.

  • The Ambrose

    The Ambrose is an Asian-inspired 4-star hotel that takes pride in their sustainability, green practices, and comfort. Their rooms have clean lines and soft linens–the perfect place to get your Zen on. The in-house amenities are good, but we bet that those traveling to Santa Monica are more interested in shopping, dining, and getting outside to enjoy the beautiful area.

  • Ritz Carlton of Marina del Rey

    The Ritz Carlton of Marina del Rey is our pick for a top-tier place to spend your vacation. However, be forewarned, we can’t promise you’ll want to ever leave the hotel. We wouldn’t mind spending a day locked in their spa, getting a peppermint massage or hydrafacial. If the great outdoors is what you seek, you’ll find it here–with the Pacific Ocean as your backyard. This resort-like stay has something for everyone, including activities for kids. Pro tip: enjoy local restaurants outside the hotel for a change of scenery, and to support the awesome small businesses of the area.

  • The Kinney

    The Kinney is cheeky, simple, and ideal for a younger crowd. This 3-star hotel is just a few blocks away from the Venice Pier and Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Grab a bike, take an evening dip in the pool, or take part in one of their recommended tours. This spot is ideal for people who don’t spend much time at hotels when they travel, but instead venture out into the area to explore. The Kinney is cheeky and very youth friendly — a 3 star hotel just a few blocks away from the Venice Pier and Abbot Kinney. Grab a bike, take an evening dip in the pool, or take pat in one of their recommended tours. You won’t be disappointed.

  • Hotel Erwin

    Hotel Erwin is a good spot for you and you’re group of friends when you’re looking to stay on the beach. The beachy building exudes the youthful, fun vibe that defines Venice Beach. For those who prefer a set of wheels to get around a tad faster, they have bikes available to cruise up and down the boardwalk. Their in-house restaurant, Barlo, represents the local, fresh, creative flavors characteristic of the area. Make sure to grab a drink on their rooftop and watch the sunset.

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