DescriptionBounded by Venice, Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica is a popular oceanfront destination. Shops, restaurants and boutiques line sections of Main Street, Montana Avenue and Third Street.
The city is home to more than 120 museums and galleries, and many public murals and three-dimensional works of art grace Santa Monica's buildings, parks and beach. Palisades Park lies along the clifftops overlooking Santa Monica's broad beachfront and affords scenic spots for enjoying sunsets; phone (310) 458-8644.
The South Bay Bicycle Trail runs along the beach for 22 miles from Torrance to Pacific Palisades. Bicycles can be rented at rental shops along the trail.
Visitor InfoSanta Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau 2427 Main St. SANTA MONICA, CA 90405. Phone:(310)393-7593 or (800)544-5319A kiosk at 1400 Ocean Ave., an office at Santa Monica Pier and a cart on Third Street Promenade also provide visitor information.
ShoppingSanta Monica Place, an open-air shopping center with al fresco rooftop dining, has 140 establishments anchored by Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom. A festive atmosphere prevails at the Farmers Market every Wednesday at Arizona Avenue and 2nd Street, and on Saturdays at Arizona Avenue and 3rd Street, where shoppers can buy produce and plants; phone (310) 458-8712. Main Street, Montana Avenue and the Third Street Promenade all have concentrations of retail outlets good for browsing.
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