Santa Monica State Beach Park. Three miles of beautiful beach along the Pacific coast in Southern California. This shot of the beach is from the popular Santa Monica Pier looking out towards the north.
Besides the pier, you’ll find lot’s of people walking, rollerblading and biking on the bike paths, beach volleyball games breaking out, lot’s of surf boards, great food stands along the sand and people just hanging out taking in the cool ocean breeze and testing out the cold ocean waters. Maybe you’ll get lucky and see the filming of a movie at this scenic destination.
Along the beach to the north you can head off on the coastline hugging Pacific Coast Highway (California State Route 1) towards Malibu and beyond. The beach and pier marks the western terminus of the historic Route 66. The beach is also the original location of Muscle Beach which extends south of the pier to nearby Venice Beach.
Have your camera out and ready as there are great shots to be had wherever you look at this must stop in Southern California. Do you have a favorite beach and/or coastline destination in Southern California?