The Beach Towns
From Santa Monica to the South Bay
Now we'll head over to Ace Music and WLA Music, both on Wilshire Blvd, and make plans to visit the 14 Below club that evening to see Swamp Boogie Queen and tie one on with imported beer and shots of Jack.
Daytime in Santa Monica the beach is packed with people, so we rent some rollerblades and skate on over to Venice Beach. It's only a few minutes on the skate/bike trail that's packed with skaters and bikers. The girl watching is unbelievable and the sand stretches forever along the breaking waves of the Pacific Ocean. We decide to go boogie boarding so we rent a couple boards and jump in. It's great fun, and in between hours of surfing we relax on the beach and soak up the warm California sun.
Next we stop in Marina Del Rey to visit a friend who lives on his boat docked in the largest marina in the world. Sailing to Malibu and back is a great way to spend the afternoon, and if you don't have a sailboat, you can hang out at Fisherman's Village and watch them sail by. The Marina club is Scruffy O'Shea's, a great club with good bands playing nightly and lot's of those marina type girls.
Then we jump on the 405 freeway to Hermosa Beach, take the Artesia exit to Guitar Center first, and then hit the beach areas for some more cool shopping. We first stop by Restyle Too, a great punk store on 4th & PCH, and then walk out on the Hermosa Pier. On the way we have a drink at the Lighthouse and another at Pier 52, both pubs with live bands playing nightly on the Hermosa Beach Pier.
A few minutes south, over in Redondo Beach they have a huge pier to check out, and later we go to the Strand where they have fine food and dancing. Another club on the way back to the 405 freeway is Frogs on Inglewood Blvd.
The next day we're ready for more fun in the rockin' Southland and jump on the freeway south to the land of . . .