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Local Info


About Santa Monica

Downtown is the heart of this beach community, wrapped by beautiful residential neighborhoods. Santa Monica is part of Los Angeles County, but is its own city. Santa Monica Beach includes the famous Santa Monica Pier with its amusement park. Santa Monica has a Sustainable City Plan to help guide local decision-making with social and environmental awareness.

Public Transportation


The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) system offers nearly 200 bus and rail lines. For more information or to use their trip planner, go to Bicycle racks are available first-come, first-serve on Metro buses.

Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus system reaches from the beach to Downtown LA, Pacific Palisades to LAX, and the Third St. Promenade to UCLA. All buses are equipped with bicycle racks and wheelchair-lift equipment. For schedule and fare information or to plan a route, visit

Restaurants & Shopping

Santa Monica is home to every type of restaurant imaginable from simple coffee shops to elegant restaurants, from hamburgers to a huge variety of ethnic foods, vegan and vegetarian offerings.  Many food options are within walking distance of ATI-LA


For a quick snack or take out The Co-Op, a full service cooperative grocery store is two blocks away at 16th and Broadway.


Nearby shopping areas include Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica Place, Main Street, Montana Avenue and the Wednesday Farmers Market in downtown Santa Monica on Arizona Avenue.


NOTE: This information is being offered as an aid and does not reflect the opinions of ATI-LA.

ATI-LA is not responsible for the accuracy of the information listed.

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