Destination guide

Sun, sand, and celebrities in Downtown Santa Monica

Just steps from the pier, Downtown Santa Monica is the beating heart of the iconic beachside neighborhood. Whether you want to give your credit card a workout in Santa Monica Place, rub shoulders with celebrities on Third Street Promenade or embark on an urban farming walking tour, Downtown Santa Monica vacation rentals unlock a local experience in LA's quirkiest neighborhood. Foodies will be in their element, with everything from organic salads to artisan gelato on offer. Wash it all down at a trendy bar where you can sip your way through Napa Valley favorites.

Things to do

Hit up LA's best street scene in Downtown Santa Monica

Attracting veterans like Judd Apatow, Chris Tucker, and Howie Mandel, the M.i. Westside Comedy Theater is a favorite with locals. If you want to escape the Californian sunshine why not spend a few hours at the Santa Monica History Museum? The Santa Monica Conservancy is another cultural highlight, immersing visitors in more than a century of SoCal history. If you're in search of free entertainment nothing beats the scene down on Third Street Promenade. From sun up to sun down, the strip is a mecca for street performers.


Stroll Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade

Stretching for 3 blocks, Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade is the heart and soul of the downtown core. The pedestrianized strip is lined with a fantastic selection of restaurants serving up locally sourced ingredients and craft cocktails. Anchoring the southern end of the promenade is open-air Santa Monica Place, home to almost 100 retailers. There's even a concierge service which means you can shop until you drop, then have your bags delivered straight to your Downtown Santa Monica vacation rental. If you prefer specialty boutiques over big-name brands venture down the streets that branch off the main promenade.


The sun is always shining in Downtown Santa Monica

California is famously sunny which means that no matter when you visit you'll always catch some rays. Highs soar to the mid-80s during the summer which means that beachside rentals are in hot demand. Whether you want to soak up the sun in Palisades Park or flex your biceps on Muscle Beach, Downtown Santa Monica vacation rentals put you just steps from the ocean. If celebrity spotting is on your radar why not visit from December to February? Not only does the weather cool down but LA also throws the majority of its famous shows, including the Academy Awards and the Grammys.

Natural features

An oasis of green space near Downtown Santa Monica

Backing onto the sparkling Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica is one of the world's most recognizable urban beaches. If you don't want sand in your toes, palm-lined Palisades Park is a great place for a sunset stroll. Or, why not grab takeout and enjoy an impromptu picnic on the grassy lawns that overlook Ocean Avenue? The multimillion dollar Tongva Park is another urban oasis, covering a lush 6-acre footprint.

Where to stay around Downtown?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 132 vacation rentals near Downtown. From 88 Condos/Apartments to 27 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Downtown for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Downtown?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Downtown:

  • Hollywood Hills: 1,947 vacation rentals
  • Hollywood: 911 vacation rentals
  • Venice: 728 vacation rentals
  • Studio City: 2,320 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 379 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Downtown?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Downtown. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Santa Monica Pier: 1,776 vacation rentals
  • Original Muscle Beach: 6,018 vacation rentals
  • Santa Monica Place: 6,024 vacation rentals
  • International Chess Park: 6,017 vacation rentals
  • Pacific Park: 5,956 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Downtown listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Downtown?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 88 Condos/Apartments in Downtown. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Downtown include:

  • Houses: 27 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 6 rentals available
  • Cottages: 6 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Studios and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Downtown?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 53 vacation rentals with pool available in Downtown. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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