Monday, September 17, 2012


We all need to find our go-to place to find a little peace and quiet. I found mine years ago on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica.  This little piece of paradise contains 25 acres of lush vegetation, crushed rock walking paths, wooden benches and tables, rose gardens, and views of the oc
ean that make everything OK. I come here frequently to clear my head, and just feel the perfect combination of nature and California hip, if you know what I mean.

The reviews in Tripadvisor say it all … “If you haven’t walked this, you haven’t seen California.” And also, “Paradise Found.”

If you like dogs, you will love the mix of people and their canines that visit here every day. The Santa Monica Pier is at the far end of the park, and is yet another reason to visit here. The park has a European feel to it, and you will hear French, German and a smattering of Italian as you walk the paths and take it all in. It seems to attract visitors from around the world – maybe because it is so uniquely California, and everyone wants to experience this little slice of paradise for a few hours.  And some decide to stay!

Street parking is available, but that can be in short supply and the meters are enforced - so make sure you bring some quarters. Watching the sunset over the ocean is a highlight so make it a point to get here in the late afternoon.  Here's a web site for more info.

Because of the peaceful nature of the place, the gardens, the perfect walking paths, the amazing sunsets, and the polite company that frequents the spot ... I give Palisades Park a 9 Road Stew rating out of 10.

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