Santa Monica Travel & Tourism

Participating Kind Hotels 

Naturally Santa Monica

As the first city to achieve Platinum level certification in LEED for Cities Version 4.1, Santa Monica has long championed sustainability. From its adoption of one of the first Sustainable City Plans in 1994 to the city’s recent Climate Action and Adaptability Plan, Santa Monica supports transparent initiatives for a green destination for all. Boasting 3.5 miles of sun-kissed beach and year-round warm weather, Santa Monica is perfect to explore Southern California, naturally.

 

Kind Factors


 

Sun, Sand, Sea and Sustainability

Beyond its reputation as home to the world’s first and only solar-powered Ferris wheel, Santa Monica provides a variety of opportunities to participate in sustainable living while enjoying golden beaches, energizing waves and over 280 days of sunshine.

Become an ocean ambassador or embrace the sunshine and sandy beaches participating in monthly beach cleanups with Heal the Bay Aquarium, or enjoy guilt-free relaxation at historic, Gold LEED certified Annenberg Beach Club. Stroll through one of over 10 parks and discover natural amphitheaters, native plants and more.

Shop Local 

Did you know that for every $10 spent at a Santa Monica business, as much as $7 stays within the community? Created in 2010, Buy Local Santa Monica promotes over 1,500 local businesses throughout Santa Monica and encourages shopping that reinforces the community. Find Buy Local businesses throughout Santa Monica’s eight distinct neighborhoods and feel good supporting Santa Monica-based business owners while finding that perfect gift.

 Award-Winning Fare

Known for its impressive collection of Michelin-star bites and famous local dives, it’s easy to find a restaurant serving organic ingredients locally sourced from one of four public, weekly farmers markets. Regularly changing menus of farmers market-inspired dishes and sustainably sourced ingredients can be enjoyed at Santa Monica’s Michelin-starred restaurants, including California-style Rustic Canyon, Melisse and Parisian-themed Pasjoli, and local favorites such as The Lobster, FIG Restaurant and Birdie G’s.

 
Green Hotels

Enacted in 2019, the city’s Climate Action & Adaptation Plan targets reducing carbon emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by supporting zero net carbon buildings in Santa Monica.

Rest well staying at a LEED certified or Green Business Certified hotel and easily find properties adopting water-conserving initiatives like using drought-resistant plants and low-flow fixtures, energy-saving initiatives like LED lighting and community-centric programs incentivizing green travel among employees at these hotels.

Travel In Santa Monica 

With the goal to reduce greenhouse emissions, minimize carbon footprints and create equitable transportation, Santa Monica has successfully prioritized green, alternative transportation.

Wander 8.3 square miles by foot, bike or scooter or travel electric with the city’s clean air buses and free electric shuttle; many hotels provide complimentary bike rentals for guests. Use one of four metro stops within Santa Monica to access downtown L.A. in just 45 minutes.

Beyond Here and Now 

On track to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, Santa Monica understands that climate change is here and invites locals, visitors and businesses to participate in the city’s social, economic and environmental initiatives.

Santa Monica always encourages reviewing travel responsibly tips before traveling and engaging in ongoing sustainability education.