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Just 12 miles from Los Angeles International Airport, Santa Monica is a beautiful beach community. An eclectic mix of L.A. glitz and laid-back surf culture with a dollop of whimsy, Santa Monica offers plenty of exciting activities for all ages – and it’s a great place for celebrity sightings!

Santa Monica vacationers will find plenty of fun things to do, many of them low cost or free.

  • Go to the beach; wiggle your toes in the golden sand and splash in the Pacific Ocean.
  • Spend the afternoon people-watching and checking out the street performers on Santa Monica Pier, the oldest pier on the West Coast.
  • Sit on the pier and watch the nightly computer-synched light show as the 130-foot-high Pacific Wheel, the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel, revolves overhead. If you want to ride the wheel and the coasters, admission to Pacific Park amusement park is free and rides are reasonably priced.
  • Go window shopping along the Third Street Promenade, a 30-block stretch of cute boutiques, specialty shops, cafes and an eclectic assortment of restaurants. You can drop some change here, but window shopping is free. Best place to find the perfect souvenir.
  • Enjoy scenic ocean views as you stroll through Palisades Park. The park is also a great place for a run or bike ride.

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On December - 17 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Looking for somewhere exciting and fun to be when the countdown begins and the ball drops on New Year’s Eve? Check out our recommendations for Best Places to Spend New Year’s Eve, pick your favorite and book your vacation rental on iTrip.net today. Where you party is just half the fun. You’ll also want to have a great place to crash when the champagne bottle is empty and the band stops playing.

  1. If you’re celebrating the New Year with the whole family, Orlando is the place to be. Kids will love counting down the final seconds of 2012 to a giant orange drop, an Orlando tradition. Or join the crowds at Disney World, Universal Studios or SeaWorld and enjoy a day of thrills, shows, parades and amazing midnight light shows. Depending on the size of your crowd, book a comfortable Orlando condo rental with pool privileges or a Kissimmee golf course villa rental with its own pool so the kids can play while you relax.
  2. Spend the final hours of 2012 dancing the night away at hot Miami club or cruise the wild and colorful street scene in South Beach and join the mob dancing in the street. If Stay in a luxurious Miami condo rental with spa services where you can soothe your aching head and tired feet the next day.
  3. The best New Year’s Eve destination for swanky parties is Los Angeles. Book a Santa Monica or Malibu beach house rental so you can sit on the sand and sip Mimosas while you watch the sun rise on the first day of the New Year.

Whatever your idea of a great New Year’s Eve is, you’ll find the perfect vacation rentals on iTrip.net. Book yours today!

On December - 3 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Just in time for holiday shopping, Forbes.com has released its list of 25 Best Shopping destinations in the U.S. Stretching up the California coast from San Diego to San Francisco, four California cities made the list. California’s mild winter weather, fabulous beaches and sunny skies make it the perfect spot to mix a little holiday shopping with some relaxing beach time before the holidays get underway.

Its central location and busy airports make Los Angeles a favorite shopping destination. The city boasts 15 shopping centers and more than 40,000 retail stores! But Rodeo Drive is the city’s most magnificent shopping gem. Located in the posh, star-studded Beverly Hills neighborhood, Rodeo Drive is three-blocks of pure shopping bliss. Only the world’s most exclusive boutiques rate an address on this world-renowned street of glitz and glamour. Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Dior and Versace are among the iconic fashion lines that draw devotees from around the globe to this storied shopping mecca. A day on Rodeo Drive will make your plastic smolder so come prepared; but window shopping doesn’t cost a cent!

After a day of holiday shopping, return to your beautiful Santa Monica beach vacation rental to relax on the beach and soothe your tired feet in the refreshing waves that roll in from the Pacific Ocean. A little beach time is the perfect way to recharge before you hit the stores again.

If shopping is only part of your vacation agenda, consider staying at a lovely vacation home or vacation condo in Malibu or Marina del Ray where you’ll be a little farther from the hubbub of the city, but still close enough for convenient day trips to L.A.’s prime shopping districts.

Whatever your holiday shopping plans, your iTrip.net vacation rental will give you plenty of space to stow your gifts and relax before your next charge to the stores!

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On October - 11 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Chattering dolphins and majestic gray whales aren’t the only impressive sights on Zuma Beach in Malibu, California. Hard-muscled bodies and voluptuous bikini-clad beauties also play in the waters off Zuma Beach. A wide strip of beautiful golden sand in sunny Malibu, Zuma Beach was recently selected one of the world’s sexiest beaches by MSN Travel.

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A great place to spot well-tanned Hollywood stars and trade suntan oil with A-list celebrities, Zuma Beach shared sexiest beach honors with some of the planet’s hottest beaches, including Sydney’s aptly-named Manly Beach, the idyllic Turks and Caicos where the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition was filmed, Rio’s famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, Oahu’s iconic North Shore surf beach, and British Columbia’s charmingly risqué clothing-optional Wreck Beach.

If you want to stay close to the exciting sights and sounds of Zuma Beach during your next Malibu vacation, the exquisite Paraiso del Mar beach rental offers luxurious accommodations and delicious privacy right on the beach. Three bedrooms and 3.5 baths provide sleeping for 12 in this spacious, 2,700 square-foot, four-story beach house.

No expense has been spared in the creation of this stunning home. Gorgeous Venetia plaster covers the walls, and the home is floored in imported Tiger bamboo hardwood. Brazilian blue granite counter tops grace a full kitchen stocked with state-of-the-art Viking appliances. Memory foam mattresses covered in soft, 1000-thread count sheets usher you to pleasant dreams at the end of the day with turn-down service included. A 6-person Jacuzzi overlooking the beach, private balconies that offer beautiful ocean views, a stunning red quartz fireplace, state-of-the art entertainment system, and a marvelous rooftop hideaway are just a few of the charms of this outstanding Malibu vacation rental.

Vacation in luxury; book Malibu’s Paraiso del Mar on iTrip.net today.

On August - 6 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Santa Monica, California, a popular seaside city in Southern California, has great beaches, fantastic restaurants, excellent art galleries and on average 340 days of sunshine a year. Enjoy fishing, swimming, surfing and playing volleyball on the beach. Santa Monica vacations are popular with people from all over the nation.

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Santa Monica’s Muscle Beach is a longtime landmark in the world of bodybuilding. The fully restored Muscle Beach is popular with acrobats, gymnasts and others. Take some time to check out the action. Muscle Beach also has a jungle gym for kids

Palisades Park, an excellent place for a picnic, provides a great view of the beautiful ocean. Relax under the tall palm trees and enjoy the views. The Santa Monica Visitors Information Center is located in the park.

The International Chess Park features permanent chess tables and a huge chessboard. Spectators are welcome. Watch intense rivalries among some of the master-level players or play a game of chess at one of the chess tables. It’s within easy reach of Santa Monica vacation rentals.

Santa Monica Pier has a variety of fun activities for families. The Playland Arcade has more than 200 games and attractions. The Pacific Park, situated on the pier, has rides and attractions for kids and adults, including the Pacific Plunge tower ride, a West Coaster roller coaster and the Pacific-Wheel Ferris wheel. The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium features a variety of interactive exhibits. The Santa Monica Pier easily enhances Santa Monica vacations.

Browse our Santa Monica vacation rentals and begin planning your Santa Monica vacation.

On May - 31 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

When people plan a Santa Monica vacation, Santa Monica Pier, where iconic Route 66 meets the Pacific Ocean, and Muscle Beach, where body builders tone chiseled physiques, head the list of “must-see” attractions. But a few blocks away from one of California’s most fabled beaches, vacationers will discover a treasure trove of hidden gems.
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Less well-known than Santa Monica’s historic pier, the delightful Third Street Promenade offers all the fun of the pier in a more comfortable, upscale setting. Blocked to car traffic, the broad, three-block promenade features charming street performers, an eclectic mix of specialty shops and boutiques, marvelous restaurants, movie theaters, and plenty of people watching. Live music, singers and dancers turn the promenade into an impromptu street party every Saturday.

When you need a break from the beach, take a stroll through beautiful Palisades Park. Accessible from both the Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Beach, the park is a lush, green oasis of peaceful beauty perched along the top of a cliff that offers breathtaking views of the Santa Monica Mountains and Southern California coastline.

For a unique Santa Monica dining experience, head for Swingers on Broadway. The chic family-friendly diner features dancing waiters, Andy Warhol cows, rock music, and is known for its all-night breakfast. From vegan and veggie to all-American chow, the menu offers something for every taste, organic and freshly prepared. Fun and friendly, the diner draws a diverse crowd, including Malibu stars Janet Jackson and Tom Hanks.

Our exquisite Santorini Malibu vacation rental lets you live like the stars during your Santa Monica vacation. Book it today on iTrip.net.