A Beautiful Sunset in Santa Monica, California

February 24, 2015

After having lunch in Malibu and spending the afternoon staring at an adorable sea lion pup, my friend and I got back in the car and headed south to Santa Monica. We got to Santa Monica in about half an hour since we didn't hit any traffic on the way down (it was a Monday). I can only imagine what PCH 1 would be like on a weekend or in the summertime. 

Santa Monica is another beachfront city in Los Angeles County probably most known for its Santa Monica Pier. The Santa Monica Pier was built in 1909 and is home to restaurants, amusement park games and rides, and a solar-paneled Ferris wheel. And after 2,448 miles, Santa Monica is also the end of the road for Route 66.   


We couldn't have gotten to Santa Monica at a more perfect time. We took a nice walk on the pier and then along Ocean Front Walk just in time to witness a gorgeous California sunset. I am totally bias and think Texas sunsets are the bee's knees, but this definitely ranks up there with the best including the amazing sunset I witness in Costa Rica.

It was the ultimate "golden hour" and was the perfect end to my last full day in Southern California.


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19 comments

  1. Beautiful pictures and gorgeous sunset! I love the shots of the amusement park rides.

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  2. I know just what you mean by 'golden hour', I miss the sunshine so much :(

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  3. I'll be in Cali in 2 weeks! Debating whether Santa Monica should be one of our stops...

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  4. I visited a friend of mine in 2011 who lived in Santa Monica (he now lives in Venice) and had a lot of fun doing jumping shots with my and my sister at sunset:) What a beautiful place and town.

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  5. Santa Monica is a fun stop if only for a few hours. Keep in mind, it's pretty busy and "touristy" in a way cause of the Pier but the beach is gorgeous and you can walk the Third Street Promenade to do some shopping (and maybe see a celebrity or two there)!

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  6. Thanks Sara! Texas is getting unseasonal cold weather right now (like the rest of the US) so I'm daydreaming about California weather and beaches!

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  7. The golden hour is the best! Love how everything looks in that lighting! I can't only imagine how cold it is for you if we are in the 30's here in Texas!

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  8. What a lucky friend! lol I had so much fun in Santa Monica AND Venice! Dang, my friend and I should have done a jumping shot! lol

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  9. Wow, what perfect timing - an amazing golden hour you saw and that last picture is so spectacular, love it!! Really enjoying all of your bright and sunny posts :)

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  10. Such great coloring in those photos!! The waves crashing, the sun setting into the west--- love it! Santa Monica is up there as one of my favorite places.

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  11. I'm headed to LA in a week and so hope to stop by Santa Monica on this trip...I've been 4 times and always wanted to go to SA but it's never worked out. Love these pix..got me excited about my trip!

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  12. I had so much fun with you and Aria! We'll have to do it again sooooon!

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  13. Love the golden hour! It's so perfect for photographs! While the rest of the world and US is cold and snowing (even in TX!), California is always sunny, so jealous! lol

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  14. I agree on the bias to Texas sunsets (especially in the winter), but that is a pretty spectacular sunset ... and I have got to get to Santa Monica if only because its the end of Route 66!

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  15. Wow, wow, wow what a gorgeous sunset!!! Love that first photo especially - just stunning! Now I'm intrigued about Texas sunsets though - you'll have to share more about what makes them so spectacular :-)

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  16. We are hoping it will warm up to around the 0 mark this weekend and then, hopefully, we will be clear running through to spring!

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  17. Yay! I hope you get a chance to stop by Santa Monica! What part of LA are you going to?

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  18. Aren't Texas sunsets the best! :) I miss seeing them... actually I miss seeing the sky, what is with this East Coast weather? ha I would love to do a Route 66 road trip one day!

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  19. Yup, we get amazing sunsets here in Texas and especially when the weather is a little cooler which you guys have plenty of right now up there! I would love to see a Greece sunset... especially in Santorini!

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