A perfect day for Santa Monica

We spent our last whole day in Los Angeles at Santa Monica Pier and walking down Venice beach. It was the perfect day as it was hot and sunny. Over 100 years old, the Santa Monica Pier is the official end of Route 66 and it is one pretty cool attraction. We explored the Pier, admiring the view. There was heaps of seagulls here and they are huge! Afterwards, we had lunch at Bubba Gump, a shrimp restaurant and enjoyed stuffing our face full of shrimp and prawns. They do their shrimps and prawns really well.

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Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

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After lunch, we walked down the 13.5km bike/walking track running along the Pacific Coast beach between Santa Monica and Venice Beach passing the original Muscle Beach where many guys flexed their pecs and abs. It was a long walk and we were exhausted by the end of it.

As we walked towards the new Muscle beach, there was medical marijuana for sale, reggae prints, hippies, bohemian types and roller blades. Also tat shops were selling screen-printed T-shirts and cheap sunglasses as buskers tapping out a beat for a tip. What a sight this was! There was also a skateboard park which I was excited about. When we reached the new Muscle Beach, we decided to turned back towards the Pier. As we were walking back to the Pier, we stopped to watch the sunset and it was a gorgeous sight. Even seeing the Pier light up at nighttime was fantastic.

 

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Venice Beach

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New Muscle Beach

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After getting back to our hotel after a nightmare traffic we rested for a bit before heading out for dinner at Restaurant 24 in West Hollywood before getting some sleep before our early New York flight.

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