Santa Monica can sometimes come off as that ridiculously photogenic, laid-back, cool-girl friend you wish you had in high school—sort of mysterious, sort of aloof. To get to know her a little better, we’ve taken to browsing her social media accounts. Where does she hang out? What does she like to do on weekends? Check out these five accounts before heading on a SoCal vacation—they’re sure to bring you into Santa Monica’s inner circle.
We love @discoverla for its bold colors, event updates, and always informative factoids. Did you know that the 1st Academy Awards ceremony took place on May 16, 1929? 270 guests rolled up to the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, and paid $5 each to watch the 15 minute presentation.
Long exposures of L.A. highways set against skylines, gorgeous photos of city sunsets and celebrations of stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame make this account a must-follow.
If this account doesn’t have you itching to buy a plane ticket to the beach, we don’t know what will. We love that this account highlights some of our favorite small, local businesses, like Primo Passo Coffee, Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee, and Sweetfin Poké.
This account has a wonderful balance of activity suggestions, restaurants, public parks, and even fitness inspiration. If you’re unsure of what to do on your first day in town, scroll through their Instagram feed for inspiration.