While in Malibu (more on my trip to Malibu here), we were able to squeeze a free day into our busy schedules to relax and explore. There was no debate about where we wanted to go, and we all piled back on to the bus and set off for Santa Monica Pier and the Pacific Ocean.
We had absolutely beautiful weather for walking around and swimming. After a quick look around Santa Monica, we were anxious to get straight to the beach and not waste any precious time. The beach was full, but not too full that it felt claustrophobic, and it turned out to be the perfect ‘California beach experience’.
I’d only ever seen the Atlantic Ocean before (and only a couple of times at that) and was very hesitant about swimming in the ocean. I don’t like the idea of not knowing what is under the water and I am extremely afraid of jellyfish, but I’m never one to shy away from a challenge, so in I went. Once I got over my fears a little, I was able to swim around jump in the waves with my friends, which, of course, was a blast!
After a couple of hours of swimming, a few of us decided that we’d had enough salt water and that it was time to explore the pier. Ryan stayed behind and continued to swim (I’m pretty sure that he must be part fish!).
The pier, as well as the walk to the pier along the beach, made for some really great people watching. It was so great to see so many interesting characters mingling and enjoying the beautiful weather. Of course, being from Michigan, the ‘beautiful weather’ was slowly starting to get to me, so I was on a mad search for some ice cream to cool off, and I was not disappointed!
After the pier, we were all pretty wiped out from the sun and the ocean and we decided to conclude our beach day by hanging out in the shade in the small park at the beach entrance.
It really was the perfect beach day, and I have to say that I definitely want to spend some more time out in California. Multiple cities in California have made it on to my travel ‘bucketlist’ (more on that soon). I also gained a new appreciation for the ocean and I want to spend more time there (on either coast, which I should have an opportunity for later this summer). If anyone has any suggestions for coastal destinations, I’d love to hear them and add them to my list of places that I want to visit!