Santa Monica in January
Posted on Jun 28, 2013 by
Hi Will, and welcome to California.
Our rainy season does manifest itself in January and February but the heaviest rain isn`t usually near the coast. However, an umbrella (or rain hat) isn`t a bad idea. We are more likely to have showers than pouring rain. Nights can get to the low 40s but are more likely to be about 50. The Blue Bus mentioned earlier doesn`t go to the Getty Center or the Getty Villa (admission is free, but the Villa requires free online reservations) but both are highly recommended and accessible by car or the Metro bus system. This area has 4-season gardening weather, and both the Getty Museums have interesting gardens. If it is not raining significantly on your free Sunday, you might want to visit the LA Arboretum, the Huntington Gardens, or Descanso Gardens, all east of downtown (definitely by car from Santa Monica). All these gardens and locations have Web sites so you can see what interests you most. Since you have only evenings the rest of the days, you might want to investigate the endless ethnic restaurants (Persian, Ethiopian, Cuban, and more, depending on whether you have a car), or limited engagement first run films at either the Promenade or the multiplexes at the Westfied malls at Century City or Westwood and Pico. Two UCLA museums on the Blue bus line, the Fowler and the Hammer, are open until 8 on Thursday and LACMA is open late several evenings a week. The art galleries at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica close early, but show openings run later. This complex has a Web site and calendar of events too.