Why Santa Monica?
Santa Monica is a charming seaside town located just 8 miles (13 km.) north of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The blend of Santa Monica’s beautiful beachfront setting, award-winning dining, incomparable hotel collection and unique event venues provides participants with a quintessential Southern California experience that is the perfect balance between meet and play. STAY 40 hotels with boutique, luxury and affordable accommodations, many of which are adjacent to, or within walking distance of, the beach. CAR-FREE Once in Santa Monica, there’s no need for a car! A walkable 8.3 sq. mi./21.5 sq. km., it’s easy to go car-free with the Metro Expo Line connecting Santa Monica to Downtown Los Angeles; an extensive 22-mile bike path; and the on-demand Santa Monica Free Ride electric shuttle. MEET More than 100,000 sq. ft. of creative event space, giving meeting planners and attendees a variety of venue options, from ocean view conference rooms with breezy terraces, poolside cabanas with flat screen televisions, a historic beachfront estate, theatre complexes and art galleries, to airport hangars and the iconic Santa Monica Pier. DINE With over 400 restaurants and one of the best farmers markets in the country, Santa Monica has a flavor for every taste. Participants can enjoy the variety of fresh, innovative cuisines in settings ranging from intimate restaurants and feet-in-the-sand barbeques to group dine-arounds. SHOP Santa Monica’s shopping covers the spectrum from Downtown’s Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place – home to stores such as Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co. and more – to upscale boutiques along Montana Avenue and the eclectic retail mix on Main Street. PLAY Beaches, surfing, wine excursions, wellness activities, spa treatments, and a 22 mi./35 km. bicycle path offer endless opportunities for team building and group activities, giving your participants a taste of the California lifestyle.
Distance from Airport
- Los Angeles International Airport
12.87 km from City Center
Annenberg Community Beach House
Museum of Flying
The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center
Original Muscle Beach
Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories
HOW CAN SMTT HELP YOU? Santa Monica Travel & Tourism (SMTT) is an accredited, non-member destination marketing organization that promotes Santa Monica as a conference, business and leisure travel destination. As a sales and service organization, SMTT is here to be your partner and to help you create the perfect Santa Monica experience. When you work with SMTT, we provide insider access to the heart and soul of Santa Monica for intimate groups of 10 guests to larger groups of 600+. You will have an expert at your side to assist in curating the most memorable experiences - from luxury dine-arounds, shopping excursions, private tours, custom cooking sessions with one of our renowned chefs, to finding locations that include an airport hangar, the iconic Santa Monica Pier and more. Let us connect you to people and places your attendees will be talking about for years to come! Want to entice participants to come? SMTT is delighted to provide destination photos, videos and materials that will excite your participants for fun in the sun (did you know that Santa Monica has 300+ days of sunshine a year)! Santa Monica Travel & Tourism also provides five visitor center locations with friendly, training and knowledgeable travel counselors; Visitors Guides and Maps; foreign language line; and information on attractions, hotels, dining, museums, galleries and entertainment.