Things to do

With a coveted location on the beach in downtown Santa Monica, Hotel Shangri-La at the Ocean offers an exceptional gateway to world-famous attractions, activities and landmarks in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Hollywood and Los Angeles. For recommendations on things to do and what to see or assistance with arranging tours, tickets, transportation and more, our 24-hour concierge is happy to help. 

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Third Street Promenade

distance: 2 mins from hotel
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Just steps from the beach, this vibrant, pedestrian-only shopping, dining and entertainment thoroughfare is lined with jacaranda trees, ivied fountains and strings of light. The energy from the outdoor cafés, street vendors and theaters makes it a favorite hangout for locals, visitors, street musicians and performance artists.

Santa Monica Beach

distance: 5 mins from hotel
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Just outside the front doors of the hotel, Santa Monica Beach and Palisades Park extend for miles along the Pacific Ocean, perfect for swimming, relaxing, running, walking or biking in the Southern California sun. 

Santa Monica Pier

distance: 5 mins from hotel
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The iconic pink and yellow neon gateway leads you to a pier jutting hundreds of feet into the Pacific Ocean. Here, you’ll find restaurants, souvenir shops, carnival games, arcades, eateries, an outdoor trapeze school, a roller coaster and a festive atmosphere. During the summer free concerts are offered. 

Getty Villa

distance: 15 mins from hotel
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Inspired by the culture and architecture of ancient Rome, Greece and Etruria, the Italian country villa and its amazing buildings and exhibits sit on some of the most expensive property, not just in Malibu but on the entire planet. Beautifully manicured gardens, reflecting pools and statuary provide jaw-dropping views over a rectangular reflecting pool and the Pacific Ocean beyond.

Getty Center

distance: 25 mins from hotel
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Located a little further inland than the Getty Villa, the Getty Center offers just as stunning views of Los Angeles and the coastline along with amazing architecture, one-of-a-kind gardens and world-class collections of European paintings, drawings, sculptures, manuscripts and decorative arts, as well as American and European photographs. 

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

distance: 30 mins from hotel
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Explore one of the country's most wide-ranging art collections, boasting over 120,000 objects dating from ancient times to the present, including works from Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Henri Matisse, Rene Magritte, Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky, plus a diverse range of European and Islamic art. 

The Broad Museum

distance: 35 mins from hotel
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Opened in 2015, this stunningly futuristic honeycomb-structured building houses more than 2,000 pieces of contemporary art created by Jean Michel Basquiat, Jeff Koons, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Cy Twombly, Kara Walker and Christopher Wool.

Hotel Shangri-La at the Ocean

Exterior at the Shangri-La Santa Monica USA

1301 Ocean Avenue,
Santa Monica,
CA 90401