Thursday, 20 September 2012

Welcome To Santa Monica Beach

I can't believe I waited a whole 12 days before heading down to the ocean. To be honest, I was pretty apprehensive about taking the bus (I find it confusing enough in London, and frankly the LA bus system defies all logic. If anyone is familiar with the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus, please help me!), but a whole group of us decided to head down to, in my opinion what should be the first beach any first time visitor to LA should see first, Santa Monica Beach. If you fancy making a drinking game out of this post, do a shot every time one of my photos looks at all familiar, and don't blame me for how drunk you'll be by the end!
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No words can really describe how beautiful the beach is. The sand is hot under your toes, and you can see right around the Los Angeles coast. The sea is quite cold, but you'd want it to be - and besides, the sun dries you a few minutes after you get out so it is not the end of the world if you forget your towel.
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The world famous ferris wheel on Santa Monica Pier. Did you know that it is solar powered?
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Muscle Beach. This one at Santa Monica is the original, but you'll also find one at Venice Beach.
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I know this is not quite the outfit post everyone has been requesting (I promise I'll post one soon!), but a little something to show off how tanned I am - this is without any sunbathing, and I think I have not been this brown before in my entire life! Yes, it is an effort to remember to use SPF on both my face and body every day, but the LA sun is pretty wonderful! My top is from Forever 21, wine shorts from J Crew (I love them and will feature them soon!) and the sunglasses were a gift from the team at Breo.
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There is also amazing shopping on 3rd Street (you know me, I just could not resist!) so I'd really recommend you take the day out, or book a hotel near here so you can enjoy the beach every afternoon after exploring the rest of LA in the morning. I think later in the week I'm going to head to Venice Beach, then Hollywood after that; I want to cover all the bases before classes start! 

26 comments:

  1. You look amazing! Cali land is treating you well so far :) So jealous that you have so much sun over there. There's nothing but UK weather (read rain) over here.

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  2. Gorgeous photos! Visiting this beach is definitely on my wish list. Great post :) x

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  3. Ahhh! It looks amazing! I love Santa Monica beach. When I was there, the day we were leaving they were setting up the pier to host a free charity concert headlined by Jack Johnson! I was so gutted to be flying home!
    Looks like you're having a really wonderful time. I'm so happy for you and can't wait to see more :)
    x

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  4. I loved Santa Monica beach when I visited 5 yrs ago. Like you I recognised a lot of it from the movies, but that made it familiar and safe. There were people around but it still seemed empty when I visited.

    It will be interesting to see what you think about Hollywood. I'm glad I've visited, but it is not a place I will go back to.

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  5. Romila Marie Santos20 September 2012 10:32

    I can't believe I chose Huntington beach over this beauty! That is one gooorgeous beach!

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  6. such an awesome place to visit! The weather is really nice !
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  7. Love the pics!!! Can't wait for that outfit post :-)

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  8. These pictures are awesome! Glad you're having fun + getting tan ;)

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  9. Amazing! It seriously looks like the most incredible place ever! It's so scenic.

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  10. Which is exactly why you are going to come and visit me!!! You need to see a REAL REAL beach!!!

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  11. Sounds amazing and beautiful pictures. I've just moved down to London and must start documenting my new, exciting trip out!
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  12. Can't wait to read about them! If you're looking for any ideas, especially on what to eat, my London tag has lots of ideas! http://www.rachelphipps.com/search/label/london

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  13. Gorgeous pictures! I visited LA last year and only saw Santa Monica at night (still gorgeous), so I love seeing these daytime photos!

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  14. welcome to the neighborhood! can't want to see you tomorrow xx

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  15. It looks beautiful!

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  16. Looking forward to seeing you too! x

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  17. Its so lovely there, I never got to visit. On the bus front I'm not sure but found the OC network ones really good, it was $4 for an all day ticket!

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  18. That is more like English prices. In LA, the Big Blue Santa Monica Bus and the Culver City bus are $1 each way, but 50¢ with my student id, and the only expensive one is the Metro which is $1.50 each way.

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  19. Stunning photograpy, even after seeing such beautiful photos I still can't quite believe LA is a real place! I'm so envious of you! xx

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  20. Thanks! You really must visit one day, that 'I can't believe this is actually real' feeling? Imagine it times 20 when you're actually standing there!

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