Santa Monica is about a 1/2 hour drive from Malibu and has a world of fun things to do! Out of the three different choices, Santa Monica has the most tourist and visiting options with everything right outside of your front door in walking distance. Visit the famous Santa Monica Pier and take a ride on the Ferris Wheel or go shopping at the world famous downtown Santa Monica 3rd Street Promenade a few blocks away. Venice Beach is close by where you can visit the famous Venice Beach Boardwalk or the beloved shopping area of Abbot Kinney Boulevard. For more information about Santa Monica please visit the official Santa Monica Website.
The following hotels are right in the middle of Downtown Santa Monica with everything within walking distance right outside of your hotel:
Hotel Carmel ($189 - $289)
Wyndham Santa Monica at The Pier ($269 - $400)
The Shore Hotel ($349 - $500)