Had to jump in a train and go to Santa Monica. So much needed a bit of ocean breeze for a few hours 🙂
Busy place but beautiful! As you get off the train (aprox 40 mins from LA), 5 mins walk and you are on the beach and pier.
To my surprise, beach is massive! I mean.. massive! All you see is beach and ocean. And some mountains further ahead. And bikini body beach.. (that’s when my instant regret about what I had for my tea and breakfast kicked in!)
Touristic place, people come here for a weekend of fun or family holiday. Now you tell me this is not beautiful?
The Santa Monica Pier is quite crowded. As there is a fun fair right on the pier, there is enough place for everybody – from kids to teenagers or parents to grandparents 🙂
Souvenirs shops, fast food, music and gorgeous views – right from the pier
People are all over the beach for different activities – having a drink and relax (whilst getting a tan), playing volleyball or football or even rent a bike and off you go exploring the area.
A bit of Baywatch kind of thing, that’s what Santa Monica reminds me off 😉 At the end of the day, that’s where it was filmed. And on Venice Beach aswell which is a 10 minutes walking distance further up
Only been there for 5 mins and absolutely loving it – i’m an ocean lover me!
A lot of hotels available in the area with beautiful ocean view rooms, right on the promenade.
More details regarding recommended hotels in Santa Monica is coming up soon,you can check under Hotels category! And yes, had a sneak peak at some of them whilst there 🙂
Don’t expect to be a very cheap place but not very expensive either. In my case, being more in a transit for a few hours, it was just perfect!
Once the sunset starts to settle in.. the landscape changes..
And nightlife starts to wake up 🙂
Not far away there is a mall where you can either have something to eat or go shopping. Easy access to taxis aswell 😉
In all fairness..I wish I could of stayed longer but I’m sure I’ll be back!
Have you been to Santa Monica yet? Or are you planning to go anytime soon?
Let me know your thoughts about this place.. personally I think it’s a must to visit 🙂
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