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A little peek into Santa Monica

Ok, so if you had to pick, which one of these casitas would you pick? This is what B asked me as we stood looking overhead. I like the grey one but the yellow and blue one had a lot of awesome terraces. What about you? These colorful homes reminded me a little bit of the houses in the Caribbean.
Now check out the view to the left: The Santa Monica pier. This historic gem has been here since 1909. Santa Monica is a great beach town, there are plenty of shopping, dining, and people watching opportunities. If you come to LA, I would definitely make a stop here. In fact, it was the first beach I visited when my family came to the U.S. Now, when it comes to swimming, this is not my favorite beach. Unfortunately the water is not the bluest (I'll just say that!). But walking down the pier and smelling the ocean air is always awesome. As you can see there are also fun rides for the whole family to enjoy. Come back tomorrow for more peeks into Santa Monica.
What beach (or special place) do you take friends when they come to your town?

12 comments

Style Odyssey said...

what yummy colors! yes, very caribbean-esque.

Patti Friday (Liberty Post) said...

I just fell in love again...so gorgeous. So perfect. Ah.....LOVE your new blog design...fantastic! xo

Maya said...

I love the purple/pink one! I'm looking forward to more pictures of Santa Monica..., because when I was there about ten years ago, I wasn't too impressed (for some reason)..., maybe this will change that "impression"!

Ms. Givens said...

When I lived in Georgia an friends came to visit we would go to Tybee Island. When my mom came we would go to Florida or SC.
I like the gray one too!

Candi said...

Can I be your neighbor? I wish I lived near the beach!!!

I usually rave about Sutter Creek. It's a quaint little town with nearby wineries and fun activities.

Beach Combing... said...

Hi! Reminds me of all of our candy colored houses in San Francisco (I love love love living here) thanks for sharing - and don't forget to e-mail me your address!

drollgirl said...

ooooooooh, these places are so cute! for some reason i like the dark ones the best!

i love to visit santa barbara. and santa cruz. and san diego. and i sure wish i was at one of those places now (particularly if the weather was cooperating!) :)

Pat Tillett said...

Hi there, we both left a comment at "Brenda's Arizona." I saw "Sea" in your name and thought I'd take a chance. As a socal person myself, I like your blog and photos. I've spent quite a bit of time in Santa Monica, but it's a little far for me to go to regularly. If I take somebody to the beach, I take them to Laguna Beach. It's always nice and it's just a couple of miles away.

If you don't mind, I'm going to tag along.
thanks!
patricktillett.blogspot.com

red ticking said...

i adore santa monica, venice and malibu... sometimes i think... "why am i in seattle?"

i do love gearhart in oregon... darling little spot...
but my heart will always be in nantucket.

love your blog... xx pam

Shellbelle said...

Oh what memories you brought me today. I grew up on the beaches of Southern California and riding the carousel was always a delight. There wasn't a roller coaster in those days, but we had a great time!

From my new home in Georgia, the closest beach is Fernandina in Florida. It is beautiful and the shopping in the historic district is fabulous. I've been four times already and with company coming tomorrow, I know where I'll be this weekend!

Hugs, Shellbelle

MagicMarkingsArt said...

We live about one mile from the coast in Va. Beach, Va - when company comes to town, we pile on the beach cruisers and head out of the neighborhood to "our" beach - or ride to the boardwalk for a little Pool hopping or people watching.

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

I love the beach in Santa Monica. I grew up in LA and made frequent jaunts to SM. It's a little too crowded for me on a regular basis but, a great place to visit for all the reasons you listed. I like the yellow house too and I've never seen a black house. Interesting, but I don't think I like it at the beach. Just came to your blog from Everything Coastal and I'm following now. Can't wait to see more of Santa Monica.