Oct 24, 2017 | Los Angeles | Jack
California Experience: Santa Monica's Best in Only One Day
Welcome to your one day only guide to Santa Monica, California! It's your only day, so don't bother sleeping in too late.
Breakfast: If you get to Santa Monica early enough for breakfast we'd recommend Blue Daisy Café. Located on the corner of Broadway and 6th street in downtown, Blue Daisy is only a walk away from Santa Monica's biggest attractions and their menu is straight up delicious. Omelets, waffles, fruit, and more as well as great ambiance and outdoor seating, Blue Daisy is a must for your morning.
Parking: If you are driving into town, Santa Monica offers great public parking along 4th street in downtown. The parking structures are located in easy walking distance to shops, restaurants, the beach and pier and the first 90 minutes of parking are completely free! Bicycle Rental: If you happen to already be staying in Santa Monica and want to make getting around a little bit faster and more fun you can rent bicycles at Santa Monica Bicycle Rental located right next to the 3rd street promenade. For $15, you can rent a bicycle for the whole day; check out the beach, ride along the boardwalk and let your hair blow in the wind.
Lunch: Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery. This unsuspecting treasure might not seem like all that at first glance, but after you try one of their sandwiches you will understand exactly why it is considered among Santa Monica's best for lunch. If your up for the adventure you could even get your sandwich at to-go and make it into a picnic on the beach only a few blocks away! Shopping: Santa Monica's third street promenade is home to some of the best shopping in all of Los Angeles! At the promenade you'll find all of your favorite stores and brands like Nike, Urban Outfitters, The Gap, and more. The promenade is also great for people-watching and enjoying the mix of live music and street performers.
Dinner and Sunset: As the day is winding down head over to Ocean avenue for some dinner and a view of the beach. Located only blocks away from the 3rd street promenade, Ocean avenue is lined with delicious restaurants, many of which have outdoor seating to give you the best chance at enjoying the LA's sunset. After dinner walk across the street to the sand and see the sunset up close!