An unforgettable seaside city, Santa Monica enjoys easy access to metropolitan Los Angeles and the rest of Southern California. Equal parts coastal getaway and urban center, Santa Monica is comprised of eight distinct districts, each featuring its own character and lifestyle options.
Downtown and Third Street Promenade, also known as the Bayside District, hosts some of the city's biggest stores and most famous retailers as well as two weekly farmers' markets. The open-air, pedestrian-only Third Street Promenade is a huge draw for its shopping, dining, street performers, bookstores and movie theaters. The Santa Monica Pier and Ocean Avenue offer direct contact with the beach and ocean. The famous Pier houses a Carousel and full over-the-water amusement park, while palm tree–lined Ocean Avenue has an array of prized ocean-view restaurants and hotels. Mid-City's wide thoroughfares are home to a variety of shopping, dining and pubs, many major film, television and music companies, as well as the city's newest performing arts venue. Main Street offers chic clothing and design stores, art galleries and a weekly farmers' market just two blocks from the ocean, as well as the Santa Monica Walk-In Visitor Information Center. Montana Avenue is a tree-lined European boulevard amid a residential neighborhood with casual yet luxurious dining and shopping options. The highlights of Pico Boulevard are the record stores and a huge Saturday farmers' market, not to mention the award-winning restaurants and clothing boutiques. Ocean Park is a friendly, artsy neighborhood with a wide variety of stores, galleries, coffee shops and a culinary arts restaurant. Santa Monica Airport is a working, private airfield and events space, home to outstanding restaurants, the monthly Outdoor Antique Market and annual Barney's sale at Barker Hangar.