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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Park
“The ocean views are spectacular from the bluffs during a leisurely walk along the path”
  • 65 locals recommend
Pool
“A great place to take the kids to the beach, spend some time in the pool, play in the playground, and splash in the splash pad. This is very popular spot, especially on the weekends.”
  • 79 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“The Pacific Palisades is an affluent residential neighborhood tucked between the Santa Monica Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Temescal Gateway Park offers hiking trails with sweeping coastline views, and the sandy Will Rogers State Beach provides access to a 22-mile beachfront bike path. Landmarks include the sumptuous Getty Villa museum showcasing Greek and Roman antiquities, and the mid-century modern Eames House.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Park
“If your i the mood for stair climbing this is the place. There are two sets of stairs to climb, look around you can go up/down one set and walk to the next to go up/down. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“To see Hollywood stars and plan to pay top dollar for a bowl of pasta but a must do and close by.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Nestled on a wide stretch of sandy beach, Back on the Beach Café offers appetizing meals featuring local and seasonal cuisine with breathtaking views of ocean. This is a place only the LA natives will know to go hangout! It is right on the beach, on the Northside of Santa Monica, beautiful miles of sandy beach to hangout, or play beach volleyball, parking lot is just south of the place, you can do an all day parking about $18 when you park at the Santa Monica beach lots, one just south of Back On the Beach if you don't want to spend too much money park at the restaurants. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Right off the PCH, this hideaway vintage beach club features a DJ and a members-only second floor. Closed Sunday and Monday. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Cafe
“Classic Santa Monica diner/cafe across the street from the beach. Great breakfasts, hamburgers!”
  • 14 locals recommend
Museum
“Formally known as Case Study House No. 8, the Eames House is a Mid-Century Modern architectural landmark located in Pacific Palisades. It was built in 1949 by renowned husband-and-wife designers Charles and Ray Eames, to serve as their home and studio. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
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  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Romantic and authentic Italian walking distance - burrata salad, rigatoni amatriciana and veal scaloppine are our favorites ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Street Address
“In the middle of multi-million dollar properties, there is a hot spot among celebrities and locals that can give you one of the best lower body workouts. They are located on 4th St and Adelaide Dr.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Beachy Mexican cantina that is ingredient driven. Also has an excellent bar focused on agave-based spirits & fresh market produce and well-curated wine and beer lists paired to match the flavors of the food”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Not ON the beach, but close to it. No view, but you don't miss it with Sam there nearly every night to greet you with his amazing staff ready to suggest and serve some pretty fabulous eats. A romantic, old school Italian restaurant. Make a reservation and Sam will make you feel like family. :)”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
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  • 3 locals recommend
Street Address
“This is a great set of stairs to workout on. It's about 5 or 10 flights of stairs and is pretty popular throughout the day. ”
  • 1 local recommends