Okay, I’ll admit it. I am probably the worst so-called “blogger” there is.
But, you know what? LIFE sometimes gets in the way. And if I am being completely honest, this past year has been a doozy. LOTS of life changes, most of them for the good thankfully, but it did affect my whole blogging journey. Luckily, I am finally in a position where I can restart this whole journey yet again.
I am really excited for what is to come, and I hope you are too! But it wouldn’t be possible without YOU. I just want to thank you for reading and all the continued support. Seriously, thank you!
Now, let’s talk about SANTA MONICA.
I feel native Angelenos have a love/hate relationship with the place. Don’t get me wrong, it has some really great restaurants and a ton of cool stuff but the CROWDS. Ughhh. It’s just a little too touristy for my liking. Also, don’t even get me started on the ever-present traffic on the 5 or the parking situation. But if you’re willing to overlook all that, which most of us do every once-in-a-while, Santa Monica is a really cool place to explore.
Here are FIVE things you must do next time you find yourself in LA’s most famous beachside city.
Yes, you read that correctly.
Granted, I know we love our cars but walking through Santa Monica is a totally different experience than driving through it. If you really want to get the vibe of the city I suggest parking your car and just start wandering. I can guarantee it won’t be long until you stumble into a shop/bar/eaterie that you otherwise would have never noticed driving.
While you’re exploring, make it a point to walk through Palisades Park. Located along Ocean Blvd., Palisades Park allows visitors stunning views of Santa Monica beach and pier. It’s a great spot to take it all in and one of the best spots for photos.
There are seriously ENDLESS options when it comes to restaurant and eateries in Santa Monica. Which, can be both a good and a bad thing. So how do you possibly narrow down your options? Well, I say follow your gut on this one.
Third Street Promenade is riddled with different restaurants so you really can’t go wrong walking through there. If you’re in the mood for some coney island-esque treats head to the pier. But if you’re feeling adventurous, go off the beaten path. Santa Monica is home to some amazing, one-of-a-kind eateries so take full advantage of it. Need suggestions? Check out EaterLA.
Again, there are so many options when it comes to bars in Santa Monica, it can be hard to decide. Whether you want a pub, a lounge, rooftop, or wine bar this city has it all. Some of my favorites are Esters Wine Shop & Bar and ____. Also, don’t forget that the party doesn’t have to stop once the sunsets. Santa Monica has a very active and lively nightlife.
Whether you decide to walk, which you really should, or drive there is something to see at nearly every corner in Santa Monica. So my suggestion is to pick out a few places or things and just go from there. Some of the more notable points-of-interest are the end of ROUTE 66 SIGN, the CAMERA OBSCURA located in Palisades Park, THIRD STREET PROMENADE shopping center, and the AQUARIUM located at the end of the pier.
Whether you have kids or not, the Santa Monica PIER is a great place to have some old-fashion fun. With shops, live entertainment, and PACIFIC PARK, the pier is always a good time. If you want a glimpse of the pier’s past, check out the LOOFF HIPPODROME.
There you have it. FIVE things you must do the next time you find yourself in Santa Monica.
Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments below and free feel to share some of your favorite spots in LA’s most popular beachside city.