Wide beaches, farmers’ markets and pedestrian-only shopping streets - Santa Monica is in many ways the quintessential California beach town. Despite becoming something of a tech hub, the neighborhood still has a retro, laidback feel. No doubt helped by the old-fashioned fairground rides and hot dogs on the pier.
Whether they’re doing yoga in Palisades Park, catching a wave on a surfboard, cycling around the city’s ocean-hugging bike paths or just shopping on Main Street, fitness-obsessed locals are rarely seen out of their designer athleisure wear.
For a break from the beach, a stroll down Third Street Promenade comes with a musician or a street performer to entertain. Grab a maca smoothie from Beaming on Montana Avenue, and then walk this upmarket street where you’ll find organic skincare in Planet Blue, designer clutch bags in Clare V and pasta to rave about in Forma.
But don’t be fooled by the low-key vibes of Santa Monica. Those tiny wooden bungalows are worth millions. Living in paradise doesn’t come cheap.