I lived in Los Angeles for about 11 years and I rarely visited the beach. Now, that I live in Las Vegas, I began to realize how much I’ve missed. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I now appreciate Las Vegas for what it is, but if you gave me a choice between the ocean and the desert, I’d choose the waters in a heartbeat!
Santa Monica is one my favorite beaches to visit when I’m in Los Angeles. Why? Well, you get a stunning view of the Pier from the water, and everything just seems to convenient. I also love that besides your typical activities, there’s a ride to go on like the Ferris wheel. Funnel cakes to enjoy at the beach front and the pleasure to go people watching from the pier and at the beach.
Just a few block from there is the Third Street Promenade which is an awesome place to be when you want to look for good things to eat and places to shop! I also find it easy to find restrooms when needed as they have plenty available. If you don’t want to be at the pier anymore, the beach is literally a few steps away.
Now, Santa Monica is CRAZY busy because of Pokemon GO. Part of the reason why I agreed to go was because of the “rare” Pokemon I could catch there. Seriously, every where you go, there’s a lure in each Pokestop. I wanna say that catching all the water Pokemon was an amazing success.
Okay, you might be frowning at me because I’m at the beach but my face was glued to the phone. Well, that’s not entirely true because I got to watch the sunset and walked along the water. Truth be told, I want to do it all over again. That ended way too quickly.
Oh! One of the best parts about going to Santa Monica Pier was the ride there. Me being a regular commuter of Los Angeles, found out that there was a new train stop at Santa Monica. So, if you want to beat the ANNOYING LA traffic, this is one of the best transportation to use. From downtown it was about a 30-40 minute ride? Not bad at all when you think about it. You’re not a driver, you get to avoid all the crazies and you don’t have to worry about parking. UGH! The parking; don’t even get me started on that nightmare.
So basically Los Angeles is starting to implement public transportation in a super hip way. My coworker asked me if there were suspicious looking people in the train, and actually– there was a mix of people from all economical status. I think that’s what I like about LA, not only the cultural diversity but the status from poor to middle class riding along in one train. No big deal, and no one looks at you funny.
Before going to Santa Monica we decided to visit Chinatown which is easily accessible from the train. A lot has changed from the last time I saw it. Part of the reason why I want to visit was because I wanted to snag a good deal on a turtle. So I went to one of those alleys that looks like one of those place you would only see in the movies. I had to look for whoever sold turtles. I swear that there’s a freaking black market for them because these cuties are literally disposable to them! So, there they were, staring at me. Waiting for my purchase. The vendor was going to sell it for only $5, but at the last minute, I backed out. Why? I was afraid of being a bad turtle mommy. I don’t think welcoming a pet out of whim is a good idea.
After that, I went to Hollywood where Hollywood Walk of Fame was. There was something about that place that made me think that I was in Las Vegas again. Maybe it was because it looked similar to the Strip. All the people walking shoulder to shoulder with people in costumes waiting for you to take a picture with them for a tip. Yep, that may be it.
Now, I just want to relive it all over again. Thinking about it is already giving me the blues.