Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Laguna Beach to Santa Monica. If you're planning a road trip to Santa Monica, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Traveling with a dog or cat? Find pet-friendly stops. Camping along the way? Search for RV campgrounds. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.
11:00 am start in Laguna Beach
drive for about 36 minutes
11:36 am Huntington Beach
eat at Mama D's Italy Kitchen
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:36 pm
drive for about 1 hour
1:42 pm arrive in Santa Monica
stay at Shutters On the Beach
driving ≈ 1.5 hours
Huntington Beach (20 answers)
Balboa Island (8 mentions)
Balboa Island (3 mentions)
South Coast Plaza Shopping Center (2 mentions)
The Wedge (2 mentions)
South Coast Plaza (2 mentions)
restaurants around Huntington Beach:
Mama D's Italy Kitchen
Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa
Bear Flag Fish Company
questions about Huntington Beach:
Dog friendly restaurants?
Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?
The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in Santa Monica.
If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Shutters On the Beach, which was mentioned 36 times on Trippy.
Here are some more hotels people talk about:
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Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?
Trippy members suggest Gjelina, which was mentioned 44 times.
Here are some more restaurants people talk about:
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This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.
These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:
Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!
For example, here are some questions people have asked about Santa Monica. Click on any question to see answers from the community!
Courtney from Los Angeles asked:
Drinks in SM? (4 answers)
Allie from Portland asked:
Fun things to do in Santa Monica? (3 answers)
Andrea from Rockville Centre asked:
Fun Santa Monica hotels under $400/night? (3 answers)
Brew from Manhattan Beach asked:
Good breakfast spot for a business meeting? (3 answers)
Pat from Cambria asked:
Avoiding sticker shock in Santa Monica (3 answers)
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Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!
Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Santa Monica to Laguna Beach drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.
You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Laguna Beach to Santa Monica. Or get a full Laguna Beach to Santa Monica flight plan.
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