Santa Monica, sometimes also called the Lady by the Sea, is the small city embedded between Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean. In the game it is the zone where the player character starts their adventure as a fledgling vampire.
The game version of Santa Monica features various apartment buildings, warehouses and shops, a hospital, diner, night club and of course the Santa Monica Pier, mostly arranged around the two main streets. The pier, beach and a beach house can be reached through the parking garage, an abandoned and haunted hotel through the sewers. The Sabbat warehouse is available only during the relevant quest.
The Baron of Santa Monica is a Malkavian woman named Therese Voerman. She and her sister Jeanette run the Asylum. If the player sides with Therese, Santa Monica will remain under Camarilla control but siding with Jeanette will give Santa Monica to the Anarchs.