Santa Monica is an incorporated Pacific Ocean beach city in West LA off of the 405 Freeway situated near Venice Beach, Pacific Palisades and Mar Vista.

It's worth noting that a prominent feature of Santa Monica's geography is a large wooden pier that was built in several phases over the 20th century. Like the Ocean Shores pier that is based on it, it hosts several shops and restaurants along with an amusement park with several rides and games of skill. It is difficult to find parking in the city, especially during the summer.