The Beach Boys introduced “California Girls” to the world, 2Pac rapped about “California Love” and The Eagles welcomed you to the “Hotel California.”

But perhaps Sheryl Crow summed it up best when she crooned about all the things you should do “Before the sun comes up on the Santa Monica Boulevard” … Because the truth is, LA’s city by the beach is an amazing escape if “All you wanna do is have some fun.”

Whether you opt to salute the sun with an AM yoga session, spend the day shopping, or settle in for dinner and drinks after dark, Santa Monica is open all hours. And our latest edition of Excite Edit – which features tips, tricks and insider interviews with four locals – will help you make every one of them count.

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174,000

Total number of LED lights in the ferris wheel at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier - the world's first and only solar-powered ferris wheel

310

The average number of days of sunshine in Santa Monica each year

24

The distance in kilometres from Santa Monica to Downtown LA

120 +

Number of museums, galleries, and public art installations within the city’s roughly 21 square kilometres