Santa Monica has been chosen as one of the top ten beach destinations worldwide by the travel blog TripAdvisor.com.

With its “wide range of outdoor activities” and “expansive” shores, Santa Monica was selected for the number-nine spot in the blog’s list of top worldwide beach destinations.

The city was recognized behind such other locations as Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Maui, Hawaii; and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Representatives of TripAdvisor.com say the blog offers first-hand critiques of worldwide destinations and has been credited with generating travel itineraries for 17.2 million travelers from 190 countries from its blog entries during the month of April.

The Santa Monica link of www.tripadvisor.com offers viewers information specifically dedicated to Santa Monica, including hotel reservations, dining recommendations and local attractions such as the world famous Santa Monica Pier and Third Street Promenade.

One comment about Santa Monica listed on TripAdvisor.com said, “A word of advice: ditch the car and walk everywhere. Santa Monica is small and prides itself on being pedestrian and environmentally friendly.”

Both springtime and year-round beach offerings are available at www.santamonica.com/.

Upcoming activities planned in the city include the 100th anniversary of the Santa Monica Pier and the opening of the Annenberg Community Beach House.

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