Santa Monica Beach and Pier

This week for Travel Tuesday I want to showcase Santa Monica Beach & Pier.  Whether you enjoy days at the beach, concerts at night, surfing or paddle boarding, fishing, amusement parks, eating or shopping.  There is a little bit of everything for everyone.

If you are going to be in the Los Angeles, California area, this is a fun beach destination to pick to visit.  Although it can probably get crowded at times, it really does have a little something for everyone.

For those who like to soak in a few rays, play in the sand or water.  There are lots of long sandy beautiful beaches on both sides of the pier.  The beaches have lifeguards on duty during certain hours.  Additionally, there are lots of beachside activities from volleyball to walking/running trails.

The pier is full of fun, food and shops.  Hang out there during the day, night or both.  You'll get a different feel and vibe from daytime to nighttime.  It's great for adults or families, there is something for everyone to do.

You can sign up to take tours, go fishing off the pier.  Play at Pacific Park and ride the rides. Visit the aquarium or play in the arcade.  Rent a bike or ride the historic carousel.

At night depending on the time of year, you may be able to sit back and enjoy live concerts, or movies on the beach.  If you are planning to visit, I'd recommend checking out their website first so you can see what different things you can do or participate in during the days you'll be there.

Additionally it's home to the end of the trail for the famous historic Route 66 road.  If you are really looking for some fun adventure.  If you have the time to drive across the county, hop on the road in Chicago and drive it all the way to Santa Monica!  I haven't done that, but it would be fun to try one day!

Have you been to Santa Monica Pier before?
Their are a lot of great beaches and piers around the country/world.  What are some of your favorites?

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