Taking its name from the Spanish language meaning ‘Saint Monica’ Santa Monica is a beachfront city located in western LA County, California. It is situated on the Santa Monica Bay bordered on three sides by different neighbourhoods of Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, West Los Angeles, Venice and Mar Vista. The City of Santa Monica has a population of about 89,736 and due to its favourable climate, it is considered a resort town.
Some of the attractions found in Santa Monica include natural historic landmarks – Santa Monica Looff Hippodrome which sits on the Santa Monica Pier and built-in 1909. Another attraction found in the city of Santa Monica includes the La Monica Ballroom, the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, California Heritage Museum, New West Symphony, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza among others.
Santa Monica has 3 main shopping districts thus giving variety to shoppers. You will find Montana Avenue on the north side, Tha main street on the south end and downtown which is in the city’s core. Montana Avenue offers a stretch of luxury boutiques stores, small offices and restaurants giving residents a more upscale shopping experience. The main street district, on the other hand, offers a mix of speciality retail, restaurants and clothing stores. The last shopping district is the home of the third street promenade which is a major outdoor pedestrian-only broadway.
Visitors to Santa Monica can visit the oldest movie theatre named Majestic which opened its doors to the public in 1912. Another feature found in Santa Monica includes the Santa Monica Stairs which is a long steep staircase which leads from north of San Vicente to Santa Monica Canyon.
Santa Monica-Malibu unified school district provides education at elementary and secondary levels. You will also find miscellaneous education system such as the Asahi Gakuen which operates its Santa Monica Campus at Webster Middle in Sawtelle neighbourhood of Los Angeles.