The Local Neighborhood Part 2: Santa Monica Pier

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Few attractions distinguish Santa Monica more beautifully – and more delightfully – than the Santa Monica Pier. If you’ve never been to it before, you’re in for a treat! In fact, the Pier isn’t just treasured locally; so many movies and TV shows have featured it, it’s an icon of California that you’ve undoubtedly already… Read more »

Turn your beach vacation into a wellness retreat

Coastal wellness is not just a special package we offer: it’s a way of life here at Oceana. Let’s walk through a full day’s itinerary (one of many variations) from our Coastal Wellness Package, guaranteed to refresh, rejuvenate and revitalize. 9 a.m. –Yoga in Palisades Park Start your morning with an invigorating, sun-kissed hour of… Read more »

The Local Neighborhood Part 1: Santa Monica Place and Third Street Promenade

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Oceana Beach Club Hotel is perfectly located: Nestled in Santa Monica’s premier residential neighborhood overlooking the ocean, just a short walk or bike ride from the best shopping, dining and nightlife the city has to offer. Let’s start exploring some of the city’s treasures for travelers, starting with two of its most famous: Third Street… Read more »

Fitness and fun in Santa Monica

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We’ve previously introduced you to the Oceana’s own free surfing lessons and yoga on the beach, but those activities are far from your only options for health and fitness activities in our area. Australia’s TV Soap Magazine said it better than we could: “The fit and fabulous flock to Santa Monica like bees to honey,… Read more »

Santa Monica’s Best Burgers

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Vacationers may flock to Santa Monica seeking year-round sunshine, but they soon discover that Santa Monica is also a premier dining destination. With access to California’s best produce, our chefs transform even the simplest dishes into unforgettable experiences. And what could be more quintessentially California than the hamburger? Let us be your guide to the… Read more »

Surfing In Santa Monica: The Best Spots

As Surfer Magazine’s Guide to Southern California Surf Spots notes, “Santa Monica is more famous for its surfers than its surf.” Indeed, Santa Monica beaches tend to be more inviting to inexperienced surfers than professionals, yet this area consistently produces phenomenal surfers. The dots might connect when you realize that Santa Monica, since it attracts… Read more »

The Cinematic History of the Hotel Oceana Santa Monica

Though over 50 years have passed since his residence at Oceana, we continue to receive many inquiries about Suite 203. That’s the apartment where Stan Laurel, better known as one-half of Laurel and Hardy, lived from 1958 until 1975. We’ve undergone extensive, multi-million dollar renovations since then, transforming Oceana into a modern, luxury oceanfront hotel,… Read more »

The beauty of beach yoga: why sun salutations in the sunlight outshine yoga indoors.

Beach Yoga

California’s beaches are legendary for a reason. Just imagine the gentle rumble of the surf off in the distance, the sunlight refracting, making the white water look like an ebb-and-flow of diamonds. The deep azure of a cloudless sky, stretching forever, leaving you calm and relaxed. And that’s just the first salutation. You see, you’re… Read more »

Dive into the Santa Monica local lifestyle with free surfing lessons

Free Surfing Lessons at the Oceana

Many of our guests are delighted to discover that Oceana Beach Club Hotel offers complimentary surfing lessons every weekend. Santa Monica’s beautiful beaches are the ideal place to learn this quintessentially Californian sport, and our expert instructors can’t wait to show you the basics and help you get tour feet wet. There’s really only one… Read more »