This idyllic seaside resort is a Californian paradise; an ocean-facing town with sunny days and spectacular sunsets at night
First developed as a weekend amusement retreat for city dwellers at the turn of the 20th century, Santa Monica is now an eclectic area bursting with a life of its own. Here, yoga lovers brush shoulders with Hollywood producers, and people of all walks of life head to enjoy the sun on the iconic Santa Monica Pier. After lectures, wander down to enjoy its many rides and attractions, before heading to The Bungalow bar for a Lychee Gimlet and game of ping pong.
Around your studies, hire a cruiser bike and whizz down the Marvin Braude Coastal Bike Trail or The Strand as it is known locally. Hugging the coastline for 22 miles, the paved path lets you explore the stunning scenery from Santa Monica south to Torrance. Or enjoy a feast for all the senses in one of the area’s farmers' markets. Here you can hand-pick vegetables alongside celebrities and well known chefs.
Providing everything from glamorous lounges and dive bars to live music gigs, Santa Monica offers nightlife to suit everyone. Compared to other areas of LA, the evening scene is much more casual, both in gaining entry to bars and with dress code, thanks to its beachside location. As the sun goes down, however, there is only one place to be; the spectacular golden beach which lures people from all over the globe.