Things to do in Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier is alive with rides and other things your children would enjoy. For adults, the beach is always the choice. It’s crowded on hot days and therefore you shall not expect privacy. LOL…
Competing with the beach crowd are cars looking for spaces to park conveniently. From the top, I find it ugly to see hundreds of cars parking on the beach. Like this.
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A friend and I was there for an three hours and half. While we were digging the sand with our toes, we talked about our life in the past, how crazy we were and how things were simplier by then. We haven’t seen each other for a long time. And the beach scene, despite the crowd, seemed to be a perfect place to catch up all those years.
We wandered around barefoot for a little while before we decided to walk all the way to Venice Beach. But before we left, these things are what we found out you could do in Santa Monica Pier.
1. Try the rides
Well, we didn’t do this—because we didn’t find any adults doing it. Children rule—and we didn’t want to steal their joy. LOL… Guess what? The rides here are solar-powered!
2. Chase the waves
Most people were not really swimming but chasing waves even without a surfboard.
3. Relax at the beach.
Or go sunbathing. Perhaps, wine and a book, too? Good luck, though, if you could find a relaxing place away from the madding crowd.
4. Honor those who died in the battlefield
This is kinda weird having a installation of crosses in shape of American flag with two caskets on it. I’m not sure if this is a permanent fixture in the beach but it’s creepy to be enjoying the sand, sun and sea with those crosses next to you.
Because you are in the West Coast—and it’s absolutely and amazing! And free!
6. Strut on the 3rd Street Promenade
This is not really at Santa Monica Pier but close enough to go on foot. If you want a break from the sun, the malls at this street will give you a much-needed cool. You can splurge, too, if you got moolah. If not, just walk along the promenade. There’s always something good, cool or weird happening there.
7. Go boy-watching or girl-watching
Well, you’re on a beach, so what would would expect? [easyazon_link asin=”1449407900″ locale=”US” new_window=”yes” nofollow=”default” tag=”pridecostume-20″ add_to_cart=”yes” cloaking=”default” localization=”yes” popups=”yes”]Hot Guys.[/easyazon_link] The surfers in their toned muscles are eye candies to behold. No catcalling, please…. LOL…
8. Build a sand castle
Relive the time of your childhood, build a castle. It relieves stress. The kids would love to compete with you.
9. Play beach volleyball
If there’s a sand, there’s a beach volleyball. While sitting nearby, a guy approached me if I wanted to play because they needed three more players. I declined because the searing heat was just too much for me. I asked if I could play for 20-30 minutes but he said they wanted one to play ’till the end. But, if they couldn’t find one, they’d get back at me. Of course, that didn’t happen. I was just contented watching some of them playing in their [easyazon_link asin=”B005D66Z3M” locale=”US” new_window=”yes” nofollow=”default” tag=”pridecostume-20″ add_to_cart=”yes” cloaking=”default” localization=”yes” popups=”yes”]swimming trunks[/easyazon_link]. LOL…
10. Go biking
Rent a [easyazon_link asin=”B00EMKLSSM” locale=”US” new_window=”yes” nofollow=”default” tag=”pridecostume-20″ add_to_cart=”yes” cloaking=”default” localization=”yes” popups=”yes”]bike[/easyazon_link] and ride the boardwalk—from Santa Monica Pier to Venice Beach.
These are the things I could think of in my three and a half hour stay there as a traveler. But, I’m sure, there are more things to do and nooks to discover on the beach.