This small airport is located to the north of Los Angeles LAX, and a mile or two inland from the famous pier and seafront in Santa Monica.
The airport handles mainly GA and biz movements, although it is very much hemmed in by buildings and the road network, so it’s quite small.
At any time you can expect to see a large number of light aircraft, and a few biz jets, plus a historic DC-3 N242SM mounted on a pole.
Parking at the playground car park on Airport Avenue, you can walk down the road picking off the aircraft you see parked about.
The Typhoon Restaurant on Douglas Loop Road has a panoramic terrace. Both are open for spotters to look over the biz jet ramps, which is an excellent spot for photography.