City Guide: Hollywood and Santa Monica

Santa Monica Sunset

On our way back from South America, we made a stop-over in Santa Monica to split up the long journey. Despite having lived in California for a few months I had never made it down to Hollywood and Santa Monica, so this was the ideal chance for me to get a glimpse of it.

Santa Monica Lifeguard House

Santa Monica Lifeguard House

As we didn’t want to spend our limited time on any Hollywood or Film tours, we just decided to go to Hollywood Boulevard to have a stroll along the Walk of Fame.

We also catched sight of some interesting looking museums like the ‘Museum of Broken Relationships‘, but as anything here, entrance fees tend to be quite high and queues relatively long, especially for the wax museum and others.

Instead we checked out Hollywood Highland, a big shopping centre right on the boulevard. When you walk up the stairs in the bag you can see the Hollywood Sign in the distance. Of course, if you want to see it up close you would have to find a better spot.

Moritz and I both didn’t really like walking through the masses of tourists and guide vendors, so we decided to go back to our hotel and hang out at the beach.

Santa Monica Shutters on the Beach

Santa Monica Shutters on the Beach

In Santa Monica you can walk along the beach, enjoy the Pier , its fair rides and overpriced food, or rent a bike. This is also what we did on our second day before returning to the airport.

We cycled along the beach past Venice beach up to the Marina del Rey, from there on we returned. But if you have more time, it’s definitely worth going further as its a very enjoyable cycling path.

Our overall impression of Hollywood and Santa Monica

Hollywood is packed with tourists and generally overpriced. However, walking along the Walk of Fame was quite cool and if you have some more time, strolling through Beverly Hills and looking at some nice houses also sounds like a nice idea. Santa Monica is the complete opposite of Hollywood: less tourists and lots of beach. The long, paved pathway alongside is also pretty cool for running or cycling.

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One Comment on “City Guide: Hollywood and Santa Monica

  1. Renting a bike and riding the beach path between Santa Monica and Redondo Beach is a great day. Follow the signs to get through Marina Del Rey. If you are into plane spotting, spend a little time off the path in El Segundo at the end of the LAX runways. Hermosa Beach is best stop for lunch and cold drinks.

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