Guide to Santa MonicaSouthern California, let alone Santa Monica, is absolutely packed with things to do, places to see, and food to eat. That’s why visitors can be a little overwhelmed without a little preparation. Instead of aimlessly wandering through the city, walk with purpose by checking out our guide to Santa Monica neighborhoods during your stay at Hotel Carmel

Downtown Santa Monica and Third Street Promenade

Only a block away from Hotel Carmel, Santa Monica Place is an open-air shopping center within the Third Street Promenade neighborhood, complete with 80 stores to check out. Think: Ted Baker, Tiffany & Co., Bloomingdale’s, and more.

Pico Boulevard 

An uber local farmers market features 30-40 vendors in Pico Boulevard. Find international cuisine in the dozens of restaurants, and make a campus trip to Santa Monica College


Although the westernmost side is just a few blocks from Hotel Carmel, the Mid-City neighborhood reaches the farthest inland of all the other communities. Visit Bergamot Station, the largest art gallery in Southern California. If you’re a Hunger Games fangirl, or you love La La Land, Lady Bird, John Wick, or the Saw Franchise; spot the Lionsgate Entertainment world headquarters on the southern edge. 

Main Street

Every city seemingly has Main Street—but ours is the best. It’s a little more than a 20-minute walk from the hotel, but once you get there, go in and out of the several art galleries like Jadis, Mainstay and Fab. 

Ocean Park Boulevard/Santa Monica Airport Area 

In the Ocean Park, California and Santa Monica Airport Area, there’s an amalgamation of things to do. Find everything from coffee shops to the Museum of Flying, and obviously, the Santa Monica Airport. 

Montana Avenue Guide to Santa Monica


Montana Avenue is a boutique shoppers’ paradise. While you should visit Santa Monica Place in theThird Street Promenade neighborhood for national retailers, Montana Avenue has 150 unique shops, from makeup to baby clothes. 

Wilshire Boulevard 

Walk from one end of Wilshire Boulevard to the other, and let it be your guide to Santa Monica—or more specifically, your guide from Palisades Park to Douglas Park. At Douglas Park, go fly fishing, lawn bowling, or sit at a reflecting pool; and at Palisades Park, get the best views of Santa Monica Bay at sunset. 

Santa Monica Pier Area/Ocean Avenue 

Don’t leave Santa Monica Pier without going for a ride on the famous Ferris wheel and carousel. In addition to a variety of different restaurants serving dishes from Japanese hot dogs to classic Mexican, sign up for trapeze lessons, visit the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, and browse goods in the Oatman Rockshop. Biking is a great way to get around this part of town, especially to get to Santa Monica Beach.  The Santa Monica Pier is a must-see attraction that you cannot miss in our guide to Santa Monica. 

Hotels Near Santa Monica Beach 

While Hotel Carmel is the closest to the Santa Monica Pier Area and downtown Santa Monica neighborhoods, the city’s plethora of transportation options can get you around town with ease. Check out our website or give us a call at 800-445-8695 to find more things to do during your stay at Hotel Carmel. Let us be your personal guide to Santa Monica.