Hear from the locals themselves why Santa Monica is the best place to live, work and play
5th November 2013 – It can be easy to trust what you read in a brochure when visiting a tourist destination. However, the most authentic travel experiences typically result from insight and tips from the people who breathe the air, eat the food and walk the streets. With this in mind, we sat down with some Santa Monica residents to uncover local insight on the best way to experience the Santa Monica lifestyle. In doing so, one thing became abundantly clear: No matter if you are interested in beach activities, award-wining dining, endless shopping, zen-minded wellness or innovative culture, Santa Monica is the place for you.
Surf Life – Peter Paris (Owner, Go Surf LA) says;
“In constant pursuit of a better surf-life, I realised long ago that nowhere spreads out the summer crowds like the Santa Monica beach break. We have four miles of sand and waves. It may not get as big as other spots, but there’s always something. Living and working in the Santa Monica area, I get to surf or stand up paddle every day.”
Farm to Table – Ray Garcia (Chef, FIG Restaurant) says;
“As a chef, one of the best things about Santa Monica is its Farmer’s Market. They are located throughout the city on varying days. My personal favourite is the Wednesday market on Arizona. It is a gathering spot where the city’s best chefs get inspiration from the country’s best farmers.”
Fashion Forward – Kristen Segal (Director of Marketing and Event Planning, Fred Segal Santa Monica) says;
“Living and working in Santa Monica is a dream come true. It is a combination of a laidback, yet innovative atmosphere which creates the perfect lifestyle full of excitement, relaxation and fun. Santa Monica makes me feel alive and yet also feel a sense of tranquillity – it is the perfect balance.
Health & Wellness – Bryan Kest (Owner, Santa Monica Power Yoga) says;
“Santa Monica is the ultimate place to live and work. The air is clean, the people are nice, this place is buzzing with creative energy. Anything that you could need is a short walk away and with ocean, mountains and a temperature climate what more could you want from where you live or work”
Arts-Driven – Asuka Hisa (Director of Education, Santa Monica Museum of Art) says;
“Santa Monica is driven by people who desire to do good things, especially in arts and culture. This is a smart city, a 21st Century city, yet it remains down to earth. There’s innovation going on in every corner, from the development of light rail transit and bike centres to large arts-drive festivals like GLOW and the Santa Monica Festival. At the same time, the city is conscientious with development, ecologically diligent, and is protective of its history and heritage. The balance of what works and what’s new is what makes Santa Monica special.”
|Notes for Editors: About Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau
Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau (SMCVB) is a non-member, non-profit organisation designed to increase visitor expenditures, tourism revenues and local employment opportunities through the promotion of Santa Monica as a premier travel destination. For travel and accommodation information please call +1 310 319 6263; or email email@example.com; or write Santa Monica Visitor Centre, 1920 Main Street Suite B, Santa Monica, CA 90405. Official Santa Monica Maps, Visitor Guides, Corporate Guides, Art Trek, Design District, Big Blue Bus and Historical Landmark Maps are available at all Santa Monica visitor service locations and can be mailed upon request. To reduce our environmental footprint, some of these materials can also be downloaded or ordered from our website at www.santamonica.com.
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