Easily accessible by a major freeway, yet tucked away on the peaceful bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Downtown Santa Monica feels far from the hustle of the rest of Los Angeles. Crashing surf, seagulls and skateboards are more common sounds than traffic horns, and the percentage of pedestrians and bicyclists is among the highest in the greater Los Angeles area. It’s a unique place with a uniquely Southern California vibe!
Downtown Santa Monica, home of the world-famous Third Street Promenade, consists of 30 city blocks of retail stores, entertainment, dining, commercial and residential space, all located just blocks from the beach, Palisades Park and the iconic Santa Monica Pier.
At the center of bustling Downtown Santa Monica is Third Street Promenade—a quintessentially Southern California experience. This three-block, pedestrian-only stretch boasts a vibrant street scene with outdoor dining, throngs of local and out-of-town visitors, street performers and terrific shopping along both sides of the street. Adjacent to the Promenade is Santa Monica Place, an outdoor shopping center featuring luxury retailers, gourmet restaurants and some of the best ocean views.
From the thousands of people lucky enough to live and work in Downtown Santa Monica to the millions who visit from around the world each year, it’s easy to see why this is everyone’s downtown.