The people who live in Santa Monica call themselves "A Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land", and the same is true for those who indulge in Santa Monica vacation rentals as this city is one of the most beautiful in the greater Los Angeles area.
History and Surrounding Area
Named after Saint Monica after being seen for the first time by Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portolà on her feast day, August 3rd, in 1769, the Santa Monica of today is a cosmopolitan city that decorates the western L.A. County coastline. The Santa Monica vacation rentals and colorful high-rises that overlook the azure Pacific Ocean are also the perfect counterpoint to Venice's quaint buildings and Malibu Beach's million dollar mansions, and both of these iconic Southern California beach cities are only 10 minutes away. Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, West LA and Mar Vista complete the chain of cities surrounding Santa Monica, and all have their own fascinating history and laidback Californian charm.
Santa Monica Beach and Pier
People come from the four corners of the earth to rent Santa Monica vacation homes and to treat themselves to all that this vacation paradise has to offer. As the local climate can guarantee at least 360 days of balmy sunshine every year, it's no wonder that the local tourism industry revolves around the 100 year old Santa Monica Pier and beach area. The Pier is a microcosm of the city itself and contains the Looff Hippodrome and its carousel - a National Historic Landmark - the Pacific Park amusement center with its brightly lit Ferris Wheel, the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium and numerous other attractions.
Cultural and Historic Santa Monica
Santa Monica vacation rentals all give easy access to the city's famous sights, which include the Bergamot Station Arts Center that houses upwards of 25 contemporary art galleries including the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Santa Monica has, in fact, over 80 theaters, hotels, historic houses and trees that have been listed as Designated Historic Landmarks, and the only trouble a visitor will have is deciding which of the intriguing sights - famous actress Marion Davies' Guest House, the forlorn Mayfair Theater or perhaps the Miramar Moreton Bay Fig Free - to see first.
An Entertainment Mecca on the Pacific Shore
Vacationing in a Santa Monica beach rental gives a person a front-of-the-line pass to all of the city's famous events and entertainment venues. The Third Street Promenade offers visitors hundreds of shops and eclectic restaurants as well as several multi-screen movie theaters and the well-known farmers' market. Live entertainment is encouraged on the Promenade, and every summer Saturday night will see Third Street come alive with musicians, dancers, clowns and magicians. The city also hosts the Santa Monica Film Festival every August, which aims at providing more exposure to independent international and local feature films.
Dining at its Finest
The definition of the perfect night out is enjoying a steak at one of Santa Monica's famous steak and lobster palaces before living it up at the festive Viceroy Lounge with its Wine Lovers' Nights. Mexican, Italian, Japanese and British cuisine is all on the menu in Santa Monica, and the myriad of choices available are enough to pacify any palate.
The Third Street Shopping Culture
Shopping is a way of life in Santa Monica and almost anything in the world can be bought at the outlets that line the Third Street Promenade. From clothing to jewelry and from electronics to shoes, the promenade has it all, and the complex also hosts special events like book signings and customer appreciation parties.
Why Choose Santa Monica Rentals
All Santa Monica vacation rentals are ideally situated to give guests instant access to all Santa Monica has to offer and are unsurpassed as far as quality and comfort are concerned. Globe Homes and Condos offer the best accommodation in an area that is renowned for first-rate vacation and beach apartment experiences, and vacationing in a Globe Home rental will make that dream Californian getaway become reality.
Santa Monica is simply the most gorgeous of all Southern Californian seaside cities, and nothing compliments exploring the city better than staying in a five-star Santa Monica vacation condo while doing so.