Lynnette Joselly: A Full Day Itinerary Trip to Santa Monica, California

A Full Day Itinerary Trip to Santa Monica, California


If you are looking for a laid-back beach town atmosphere with big city sophistication, then head on over to Santa Monica, California. For those that are planning a trip to the Los Angeles area then I truly believe Santa Monica is worth a visit. It's known for its beaches, parks, restaurants, views and hey it has one of America's most awesome boardwalks. I went for a weekend trip to California and got to do and see so much. To make things easier for you I have put together a full day itinerary for you and your guests to explore Santa Monica.



Everything at this restaurant is absolutely amazing, down to the decor. If you are looking for an Instagram moment, this is it! I recommend sitting outside as long as you are under an umbrella for the shade. As for food, we had the Avocado Toast, Wood Fired Eggs, Marscapone French Toast and the L.A.D. Burger. Which was a lot of food for just two people but we wanted to make sure we tried it all being it was our first time in California. Oh and they serve all kinds of milk for your coffee including almond, soy, coconut and more!
Lunetta All Day | 2420 Pico Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90405


Santa Monica State Beach is a huge beach that is usually packed with people (both tourists and locals) either walking, riding bike, skating, playing volleyball, going for a swim or catching a tan. The main attraction is the world-famous Santa Monica Pier that is home to Pacific Park; a picture perfect fair with a roller coaster and ferris wheel, plus plenty of fairground games where bae can score you a stuff animal. We were able to rent some bikes and ride down the beach path to our next location. But if you are looking for a heavier workout then you can check out The Original Muscle Beach. Which is a workout playground for adults. Please keep in mind this is not your typical workout, I am talking about full on muscle gymnasts that swing through the bars and rings.
Santa Monica Pier | 200 Santa Monica Pier Santa Monica, CA 90401



This place is exactly what I was looking for. It's a cute restaurant right off the boardwalk overlooking Santa Monica beach. Once again I recommend you sit outside because the view is nothing short of amazing with a very relaxing vibe. Just be on the lookout for the hungry birds. To get here you can drive, bike, jog, walk, rollerblade, skateboard or I guess the usual, drive. To be honest you really just go here for the ambiance because the food is decent but nothing out of the world. We both has the Grass Fed Burger with mimosas on the side.
Back On the Beach Cafe | 445 Palisades Beach Rd Santa Monica, CA 90402



The main reason we decided to stay at the Loews Hotel in Santa Monica was not only because of it's location (right across from the pier) but because their rooms feature ocean views, a private terrace and a private fire pit. My idea of date night was to sip some wine on the patio overlooking Santa Monica beach while cozying it up by the fire place. If you aren't staying at the hotel, no worries they have plenty of fire pits on their terrace. But my favorite part of the hotel was the beachfront hideaway room that has large floor to ceiling windows with the best views of Santa Monica Beach and Pier. So you can go down there to watch the ferris wheel light up at night.
Loews Santa Monica | 1700 Ocean Ave Santa Monica, CA 90401



A local recommended this restaurant for a special occasion type of place and it did not disappoint. The food is just melt in your mouth amazing. We had a variety of oysters to start. For the main course we had a filet, bone-in ribeye, brussel sprouts w/ bacon, smashed broccoli and grilled cippolini onions. As for the decor it was very modern and classy with red ceiling lights. You might want to make a reservation to secure your table if you plan on going during the weekend.
BOA Steakhouse | 101 Santa Monica Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90401

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  1. This trip looks phenomenal! The breakfast place is totally up my alley!

  2. I would love to go to California! It looks like you had a great time and I LOVE your swim suit!

  3. It looks so gorgeous there! I was just in San Fran and love it! Will have to check out Santa Monica!

  4. The breakfast restaurant looks so cute and unique! I didn't get to visit Santa Monica when I was in California last year but it's on the list for next time, whenever that is!

  5. Santa Monica is a beautiful place to visit! We go to Southern California often but don't take the time to visit this area nearly enough. The pier is such an iconic and fun stop and my daughters love it!

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  14. This was an amazing trip for me and my wife glory! Our guide was so knowledgeable and really took the time to show us around and make sure we saw everything we wanted to see. The itinerary was perfect - we saw everything we wanted to see and then some! We would highly recommend this trip to anyone visiting Santa Monica.

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  16. Me and my friend we both are enjoy of doing the beach sports early in the day for some crisp morning air and minimum crowds.

  17. This full-day itinerary trip to Santa Monica, California is the perfect way to experience all that this beautiful city has to offer! You'll be sure to have a blast from the iconic Santa Monica Pier to the world-famous Venice Beach Boardwalk

  18. This looks like a great itinerary for a day in Santa Monica! I have been to this beautiful city a few times and I can confidently say that this plan would be fun for anyone visiting for the day.

  19. A trip with jolly friends is a great adventure. I would visit these amazing areas with friends.

  20. I have been there way back in 2015. Very beautiful place to stay with love ones. Me and my spouse spend almost a moth and enjoyed a lot.
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