J.McLaughlin Local Guides:

Santa Monica

Soak in Santa Monica as you explore its world-class pier, walk along its beautiful beaches, and indulge in its vibrant shopping scene. J.McLaughlin's Santa Monica home is located right on 1329 Montana Avenue. There's always something to do in this low-key and beachy city. Slip on your favorite sandals — we'll take you to the city's most beloved spots in this guide to Santa Monica.

The heart of Santa Monica is the Santa Monica Pier. It's home to the West Coast's only amusement park on a pier. Revel in childhood nostalgia as you explore the concession stands as well as the solar-powered Ferris wheel and the roller coaster that's 55 feet above the Pacific Ocean. Looking for other activities? The Santa Monica Pier offers scenic views and opportunities for fishing as well. Right below the carousel, explore oceanic life at the Heal the Bay Aquarium, which is home to over 100 different species of sea life. Say hello to creatures such as the leopard shark and two-spot octopus in this beloved educational facility. 

East of the pier, stroll along the Third Street Promenade, an open-air, car-free walkway that extends for three blocks. Enjoy street performances while you take a look at all the shops and boutiques there. For avid shoppers, the upscale Santa Monica Place in the Promenade is a must-visit spot with over 80 retailers. Should you get hungry, stop by favorites such as Mel's Drive-In for gourmet chili or Azulé Taqueria for beach-inspired tacos. Don’t forget to satisfy your sweet tooth with a delicious ice cream cone from Sloan's as well!

Visit Santa Monica State Beach for a taste of southern California's beautiful beach scene. The three-mile soft sand beach is a foolproof spot for sitting, playing, and sunbathing. (The famous pier is on the north side of the beach!) You'll be able to jog and bike along the beach's paved paths. It's also walking distance from popular hotels, shops, and restaurants. Enjoy amenities such as volleyball courts and the North Beach Playground with the entire family. Also on the beach is the original Muscle Beach, an area that features gym equipment such as rings, swings, and ropes for adults and kids alike. 


Wherever your beachy adventures take you, you can't go wrong in a chic #jmclook. Browse J.McLaughlin's collection for breezy blouses, splashy swimwear, and more — you'll be ready for sun-soaked adventures before you know it.