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Clean and Comfy Ocean Park Guesthouse
SUPERHOST
Entire guesthouse · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath

Clean and Comfy Ocean Park GuesthouseBright and comfortable and private hideaway with everything you need. **During this Covid Crisis, we have adjusted our reservations to try and allow at least 24 hours between guests to give us time to air out the Guesthouse and thoroughly clean and disinfect. Your safety and comfort are our top priorities. This is a unit is a detached Guesthouse. The hosts live in the main residence on the property and are always in residence when they have guests.

Santa Monica Adjacent Palisades Garden Guest House
SUPERHOST
Private room · 3 guests · 2 beds · 1 private bath

Santa Monica Adjacent Palisades Garden Guest HousePacific Palisades: the very best of both worlds! A small town feel, yet part of the second largest city in the United States – perfectly situated between Santa Monica in the south and Malibu to the north. The person who could not fall in love with the Palisades has never yet been born. Our lovely English cottage, nestled in the Palisades bluffs is the perfect getaway.

Completely private 2 blocks from Beach with bikes
SUPERHOST
Private room · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 private bath

Completely private 2 blocks from Beach with bikesEnjoy complete privacy in our bright, centrally located, colorful bedroom and bathroom (no sharing) unit for 1 or 2 guests. No in-person contact with hosts. We are 2 blocks from Venice Beach, walking distance to the Venice Boardwalk and Abbot Kinney. A private entrance with a keypad means you can come and go as you like as well as check in and out on your own. We welcome friends, couples and solo travelers.

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  • Free parking on premises
  • Air conditioning

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SUPERHOST
  1. Entire guesthouse
  2. Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles
Cottage Near the Sea!
G$26,963 per night
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  1. Entire guesthouse
  2. Santa Monica
Walk to the Beach from Cozy Guesthouse in Santa Monica
G$39,713 per night
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  1. Entire guesthouse
  2. Santa Monica
Luxury Oasis in a Pool View Guesthouse in Santa Monica
G$38,012 per night
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  1. Entire residential home
  2. Los Angeles
Casual Colorful Venice House near Canals,Beach &Abbot Kinney
G$46,463 per night
  1. Entire guesthouse
  2. Los Angeles
Pacific Palisades Designer Guest House
G$31,353 per night
SUPERHOST
  1. Entire guesthouse
  2. Los Angeles
New Venice Beach Private Bungalow, With Parking
G$38,250 per night
SUPERHOST
  1. Entire guest suite
  2. Santa Monica
Large Premium Studio by the Beach
G$20,454 per night
SUPERHOST
  1. Entire guest suite
  2. Santa Monica
Bed & Design - studio close to beach in OceanPark
G$37,922 per night
PLUS
  1. Entire guesthouse
  2. Los Angeles
Canoe Down the Venice Canals from a Historic Guest House
G$55,987 per night
  1. Entire guesthouse
  2. Los Angeles
Newly Built Studio in CulverCity/CulverWest
G$21,767 per night
PLUS
  1. Entire rental unit
  2. Santa Monica
Elegant Design Apartment with Courtyard Garden Dining Space
G$37,803 per night
SUPERHOST
  1. Private room
  2. Santa Monica
Private entrance, room & bath 1 1/2 miles to beach
G$16,751 per night

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  • ⭐️Learn to Surf and Get Free Photos
    OUR GOAL IS FOR YOU TO HAVE AN EXCELLENT EXPERIENCE SURFING - whether its your first time or you're trying to advance your skills. We'll get suited up in the wetsuits I provide, grab the surfboards (we don't use 'one size fits all' Wavestorm boards - we offer custom boards in a variety of sizes to fit your needs) and head down to the sand. For the first 20-30 minutes we’ll be training on the beach, then it’s 60-80 minutes with an instructor in the ocean. The remaining time is yours to practice your skills and have fun in the water. The classes are taught by myself or one of our great instructors. We usually have the 2nd instructor helping in the water when the group exceeds 6-7 people. We will take photos of you in and out of the water in the last 10-15 minutes of the experience. These are not professional pics but a great memory for you, your friends and family. If you would like pro photos please inquire, we do offer them at an additional fee. If you want to book for kids under 12 yo - please contact me directly for private lessons or visit our website www.funsurfla.com Your safety is our main priority that is why myself and all of our lead instructors are ISA (International Surfing Association), CPR & First Aid certified, we obtain Water Safety Specialists certificates (surfing instructor safety training) and I also completed 2 Level surf instructors program with ISA. Other things to note We do teach anyone 12 years old and up
    From Price:G$14,423 / person
  • ⭐️#1 Learn to Surf in LA (Small Group)
    This lesson is perfect for you if you have never surfed before or if you are a beginner/intermediate surfer looking to advance your skills. My main goal is for you to have an excellent experience surfing and get the knowledge and emotions that will stay with you forever! The classes are taught by myself or one of our great instructors. We usually have the 2nd instructor helping in the water when the group exceeds 6 people. Your safety is our main priority that is why all of our lead instructors are ISA (International Surf Association), CPR and First Aid certified, we obtain Water Safety Specialists certificates (surfing instructor safety training) and I also completed 2 Level surf instructors program with ISA. Your lesson will consist of two parts. For the first 20-30 minutes you’ll be training on the beach, then it’s about 60-80 minutes with an instructor in the ocean. The remaining time is yours to practice your skills and have fun. Surfboards and wetsuits are provided and included in the price. We don't use 'one size fits all' Wavestorm boards - we offer custom boards in a variety of sizes to fit your needs. You will also have an option to store your belongings and valuables locked in our cool surf bus. If you want to book for kids under 12 yo - please contact me directly for private lessons or visit our website www.funsurfla.com OUR SCHOOL IS LICENSED AND PERMITTED
    From Price:G$10,242 / person
  • PRIVATE Surfing Lesson For TWO People
    THIS EXPERIENCE IS FOR TWO PEOPLE TO BOOK TOGETHER!! This is the BEST VALUE surf lesson you could ever find! We do offer this experience in: • English • Deutsch • Spanish This experience can be scheduled from 7am - 2pm. We will do our best to work with your schedule, but please keep in mind that we would have to avoid bad and unsafe surf conditions. You will have a PRIVATE SURFING LESSON for your group of two with a professional instructor that will be helping you to enjoy the beauty of surfing for the entire duration of your experience. My goal is for you to have an excellent experience surfing, whether it's your first time trying surfing or you are trying to advance your skills. For the first 15-30 minutes (depending on your skills) we’ll be training on the beach, then it’s 1 hour 30 mins with the instructor in the ocean. * We will provide you with surfboards and wetsuits (included in the price of the experience). ** Photography service is available for an additional fee (please inquire if interested). Other things to note You'll need to know how to paddle in order to be able to surf.
    From Price:G$18,603 / person
  • Hike Runyon Canyon with a rescue dog
    A morning hike to stunning city views, in a dog friendly park with our rescue dogs! We will enjoy a nice walk up hiking trails to the top of Runyon Canyon. Fantastic city views, and the perfect view of the Hollywood Sign! As you climb your way up the hill with your new pals in tow, you’ll be exercising and socializing the dogs, and letting locals know they’re up for adoption. You’ll also become a puppy paparazzi and take their photos in front of panoramic backdrops—you can even pose with them with the famous Hollywood sign behind you. Your pictures will then be used to generate interest in the rescue organization, attract potential adopters, and bring in donations that will help further care for and foster the dogs until they find their forever homes. COVID Safety: A mask is required. We have hand sanitizer, though you should also bring your own. Make it a morning "workout", with a healthy hike up Runyon Canyon while helping dogs, then go get a fresh juice and start your day! So many ways to make it a fun part of your day :-) Other things to note We will be in direct sun, so bring sunscreen and other protective wear. There are no bathrooms in Runyon Canyon. Your friendly dog is welcome to join us! Street parking is very difficult.
    From Price:G$7,316 / person
  • LA's Top Surfing Experience
    Before you come: We will try and contact you to size you for a wetsuit/board to help speed up the pre-lesson portion, and also give you an update on the conditions for your lesson. 20 minutes before the lesson: We will have you sign a waiver and get into your wetsuit. First 45min- hour of lesson: We will be on land and cover all of the basics, technique, and safety. The following 30-40 minutes: we'll be in the water together. I'll help you get into waves and give you instruction in the water to help you surf your first wave(s) The remaining time: you'll show what you've learned, We'll be a little more hands-off and either join you in the water or watch from the beach. At the end of the lesson: we'll head back dry off and change out of the wetsuits. --------- A couple of other notes : - If you'd like a private lesson feel free to message me - We will treat you like a person, not a number: We keep smaller classes (7 people or less unless specially requested otherwise) for a more individualized experience. We won't 'stack' our classes back to back and leave time between classes. This means you have time to change before and after class without cutting into your lesson time, you actually get a full class. - We include free photos and mean it, no deceptive pricing tiers. Free is free. - We take care of our equipment, no tattered wetsuits, no faded/falling apart boards.
    From Price:G$12,542 / person

Your guide to Santa Monica

All About Santa Monica

With 3.5 miles of sandy beach and swimmable water, and some of the most heavenly summer sunsets, Santa Monica is about fun in the sun with a healthy dose of relaxation. The city’s numerous shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues can convince you the city is one large coastal theme park, but it’s also a surprisingly walkable section of Los Angeles, with adjacent Venice Beach just a leisurely 2.5-mile stroll away.


How do I get around Santa Monica?

The most convenient entry point into Santa Monica will be through Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). It’s just a 15 minute drive to the oceanfront neighborhood.

LAX transportation options are numerous. Rental cars are located off site, requiring a short shuttle ride; follow signs on the lower/arrivals level islands outside baggage claim. The Santa Monica Big Blue Bus also services LAX; to pick it up, take the free Lot South/City Bus Center Shuttle from the arrivals level to the LAX City Bus Center. Rideshares and taxi services are located next to Terminal 1 within a dedicated pickup lot. Follow signs or take the free LAX-it shuttles there.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Santa Monica?

Santa Monica’s coastal Mediterranean climate promises warm daytime temperatures and cool evenings. Sunny, temperate days are generally the rule for the majority of the year, with rain a rare exception. The months of June, July, and August are the driest, while January and February are more regularly gray and gloomy.

Santa Monica temperatures generally hover between the mid-60s to the low 70s Fahrenheit. Morning skies can often be obscured by a marine layer, which typically melts away before lunch, giving way to sunshine. Summers can occasionally introduce warmer daytime temps in the low 80s, but the presence of a coastal breeze tends to keep the temperature hovering around perfect. Still, it’s never a bad idea to bring an extra light layer, especially for evening excursions. Otherwise, bring sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen.


What are the top things to do in Santa Monica?

Santa Monica Pier

Arguably the most iconic structure along the Southern California coast, this pier overlooks Santa Monica State Beach and operates as a popular social, dining, and entertainment spot for locals and visitors alike. Take a ride on the historic merry-go-round, watch locals cast and catch along the length of the boardwalk, or enjoy the panoramic view from atop the Pacific Park Ferris wheel (especially beautiful during summer as the sun is setting). The pier’s Secret Story Tour app is worth a download before and during any visit.

Santa Monica Farmers’ Market

If you’re looking for an authentic taste of Southern California’s expansive cornucopia of produce, a visit to the largest grower-only farmers’ market in the region will surely be a rewarding and flavorful affair. It’s not uncommon to run into famous local chefs loading up carts for their week’s menu alongside other celebrities as you peruse the more than 85 farm stands on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday morning.

Third Street Promenade

This three-block, pedestrian-only stretch of shops and restaurants is an iconic part of the Santa Monica landscape. In recent years, the outdoor pedestrian mall has seen a revitalization. Investment has brought new, heralded dining options to the strip along with numerous public amenities that invite visitors to rest and relax, children to play, and audiences to enjoy free public performances.

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