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While at the Pier ride the famous carousel, visitthe arcade and amusement park or even tryyour had at trapeze school. The Downtown and Third Street Promenade ofSanta Monica is packed with world renowneddesigners, name brands and independentboutiques as well as two weekly farmers markets.The open-air, pedestrian-only area is a huge drawfor it's shopping as well as dining, streetperformers, bookstores and movie theatres.There is a diverse range of dining optionsaround the city. You will be spoilt for choicewith the nearly 400 dining options marked byan artistic blending of culinary styles and thefreshest of organic ingredients.Check out the brand new Santa Monica Place,which celebrated its Grand Opening on August6, 2010, It is an open-air retail and diningdestination with a fresh, modern design,marquee retailers and sun-dappled walkways -all topped by an indoor/outdoor rooftop DiningDeck with great ocean views.Why not see the sights of Los Angeles whilerelaxing at the beach, there are a number oftours you can do from Santa Monica this is oneof the popular ones.50The Beach & Ferris wheel by Sondra StockerWalks on the Beach by Kristen BeinkeSanta MonicaLos Angeles Hop on Hop OffDouble Decker Bus Tour Explore Los Angeles at your own pace on an extensive hop-onhop-off bus tour through the heart of Los Angeles. The open-top buses allow you to enjoy 360-degree views as you travelthrough LA. You have the choice of a 24- or 48-hour ticket thatyou can use at more then 50 stops in the City of Angels.The double-decker Red Route bus departs Grauman'sChinese Theatre every 20 to 40 minutes, giving you plentyof opportunities to explore each stop in detail. On the RedRoute, you'll see top LA attractions like Farmers Market, theBeverly Centre, La Brea Tar Pits, the famous ChateauMarmont hotel and more. Connect to the Blue Route if you want to head north toUniversal Studios Hollywood. The Purple Route will take youall around downtown Los Angeles, Olvera Street, Chinatown,the Fashion District and LA Live. And the Yellow Route willtake you out to Santa Monica Beach via Westwood,Brentwood and Century City.If you purchase the 48- hour bus ticket, you'll have the optionto add a movie stars homes tour. passing by the homes ofcelebrities like Christina Aguilera, Dr. Phil, Bob Barker,Jennifer Aniston, Michael Jackson, Madonna and more. Includes:Hop-on hop-off tour Map/Guide with discounts at local retailers and restaurantsPrice per Adult £24/?26 Per child £14/?15Santa Monica is an unforgettable pedestrian-friendly beach city seaside city.Conveniently located only 8 miles from Los Angeles International Airport(LAX) it is within easy access to downtown Los Angeles and the rest ofSouthern California. Santa Monica is well known for it's healthier lifestyle. While you are visitingwhy not immerse yourself in the local lifestyle. Hire bikes and take a cyclealong the well know Santa Monica Pier and Ocean Avenue. At the beach youcan also take part in an array of activities from swimming and surfing to bikingand volleyball, from outdoor chess and beachside gym. TransfersSuper Shuttle Transfer servicing: Beverly Hills,Downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, LongBeach, San Pedro and Santa Monica.Get to your hotel efficiently and effectively - no waiting forcabs or spending a fortune on transfers. Shared ride door todoor ground transfer from ?12.70 per person one wayDon't forget to also book your return transfer.Transfers From £12/?13 per person one way. Reservations: Dublin 01 6733800 or Belfast 028 9051 1800

Book online at www.americanholidays.com51Santa MonicaSheraton Delfina 530 West Pico BoulevardPoised above the Pacific coastline, the Sheraton Delfina redefines the modern beach hotelby blending sophisticated urban chic with a relaxed coastal atmosphere. Just steps from thecity, sand, and surf, Delfina is located at the heart of Santa Monica's best shopping, dining,and beach activities. Delfina puts guests atthe center of the city's most populardiversions, from the fashionable boutiques ofMontana Avenue to the world-famous SantaMonica Pier, Venice Beach and Malibu. PlusL.A.'s most famed attractions, including theGetty Center and downtown's Walt DisneyConcert Hall, are all within easy reach.Accommodation:Each room has one kingor two double beds with private bathroom,Dual-line speakerphones, Data port,Coffeemaker, Iron and ironing board,Hairdryer, In-room safe, Individual ClimateControl, Room servicePrices from £204/228 per room per nightBest Western Plus Gateway1920 Santa Monica BoulevardThe BEST WESTERN PLUS Gateway Hotel is the best full-service value in Santa Monica. Thehotel is just 5 minutes from the famous Santa Monica Pier Carousel, 9 miles from LAXInternational Airport, and close to sumptuous restaurants and elegant boutique shopping.Glamorous Beverly Hills, famed Hollywood, and downtown Los Angeles are all within a 20-minute radius.Accommodation:All of our comfortably appointed guest rooms have a private bathroom,and either one king or two queen beds withluxurious pillow top mattresses. Each roomalso contains a refrigerator, tea/coffee makerwith complimentary coffee/tea, hair dryer,iron & ironing board, 32" flat panel TV,Nintendo GameCube, movies-on-demand,free HBO, safety deposit box, voicemail, andcomplimentary iwreless high speed internetaccess. The hotel is non-smoking.Complimentary Self-Parking for one vehicleper roomPrices from £121/135 per room pernightLoews Santa Monica Beach Resort1700 Ocean AvenueEnjoy laid-back luxury and contemporary comfort at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.Southern California provides the sunny beachfront setting and sensational ocean views.With the recent renovation of the hotel the new atrium lobby boasts 45 foot palm trees.The new lounge and reading room Papillion faces the ocean where you can enjoy tapas-style dishes, aperitifs and afternoon tea amidst views of the Pacific. The hotel is in an ideallocation to visit the Santa Monica Pier,Palisades Park and Third StreetPromenade.Accommodation:Each guest room hasone king or two double beds which include,minibar, coffee maker with complimentarycoffee, 24 hour room service, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, cd player, flat screen TV, luxurybody care products.Please note that guets must be at least 21 yrsin order to check in at this hotelPrices from £244/273 per room per nightDoubletree Guest Suites1707 4th StreetEnjoy elegantly-modern rooms, a comfortable atmosphere, and children's activities, all ina truly fantastic location when you stay at the Doubletree. Stop at Café Pronto for a quickmorning latte before heading out to enjoy the beauty of the California coast. Stroll justdown the street to the beach and pier to take in the view, get a tan, or even try some surflessons. Right outside your door you'll find Santa Monica's famous 3rd Street Promenade,known for fantastic shopping, delightfulstreet entertainment, and buzzing nightlife.Watch the sun set over the city, and as theevening descends, return to thePromenade to enjoy some post-dinnerdessert. Family fun, style, and thatundeniably Californian ambiance are atyour fingertips.Accommodation:Air Conditioning,Bathrobes, Hair Dryers, Satellite Television,Wet Bar, Iron/Ironing Boards, Coffee & TeaFacilities In-Room, Mini Refrigerators,Video Game SystemPrices from £169/189 per room per nightFairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows 101 Wilshire BoulevardThe moment you arrive at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows you will notice the magicaltransformation that has taken place. From the exquisitely manicured grounds to the casualelegance of our guest rooms and suites, our luxury Santa Monica hotel will challenge yoursenses and provide you with an unforgettable experience. The Hotel has also received theGreen Hotel Certification and has minimum impact on the environment.Accommodation:Alarm clock-radio, Bathrobes, 42" LCD Flatscreen TV, Hair dryer, Iron andironing board, Refreshment Centre, Safe. Coffee and Tea making facilities can be requested.Prices from £238/266 per room per nightThe Huntley Hotel1111 Second StreetTHE HUNTLEY hotel is an oasis of understated contemporary elegance and comfort amidstthe hustle and bustle of the cityscape. Step into the lobby of THE HUNTLEY hotel and beentranced by our chic beach hotel in Santa Monica, where eclectic furniture frompostmodern to raw refined timbers and soft leathers mixed in with the pale tones ofelegant wall coverings transfer the beaches of Santa Monica into the hotel lobby.Accommodation:209 contemporary rooms featuring 1 King or 2 Queen size beds,Bathrobes and Slippers, Iron and Ironing Board, mini bar and in room safe.Prices from £212/237 per room per night