21st blog … pinga in santa monica!

Santa Monica, California

 
 
A busy day on Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, California; the south end is the entrance to Frank Gehry‘s Santa Monica Place.

The Santa Monica Pier.

Santa Monica has three main shopping districts, Montana Avenue on the north side of the city, the Downtown District in the city’s core, and Main Street on the south end of the city. Each of these districts has its own unique feel and personality.

Montana Avenue is a stretch of luxury boutique stores, restaurants, and small offices that generally features more upscale shopping.

The Main Street district offers an eclectic mix of clothing, restaurants, and other specialty retail.

The Downtown District is the home of the Third Street Promenade, a major outdoor pedestrian-only shopping district that stretches for three blocks between Wilshire Blvd. and Broadway (not the same Broadway in downtown and south Los Angeles).

Third Street is closed to vehicles for those three blocks to allow people to stroll, congregate, shop and enjoy street performers.

Every fall the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce hosts The Taste of Santa Monica on the Santa Monica Pier. Visitors can sample food and drinks from Santa Monica restaurants. .

The city rests on a mostly flat slope that angles down towards Ocean Avenue and towards the south. High bluffs separate the north side of the city from the beaches.

Cityscape

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