Posts Tagged ‘pier’
Our Private Tour Guests Wish to
Walk in the Sand
California beaches are like no other and many of our Los Angeles tour guests when seeing the wide sand expanses in Santa Monica just have to have us park the SUV and take a walk. Early in the day the deep sand is perfect for the somewhat strenuous trek to the ocean but oh so worth it. The Santa Monica Bay is exquisite with mountains on the west (as seen in the photograph) and highlands to the east (the Palos Verdes Peninsula). We know it seems odd but most of the beach faces south. The bike path is busy with bicycles, inline skaters and joggers and the Venice Boardwalk begins not far behind where we were standing when this picture was taken. Up ahead is the Santa Monica Pier just getting started for another busy day ahead. The pier offers all sorts of carnival fun and a lively place for local fishermen to set their lines. We envy our guests staying at the Loews, Casa del Mar and Shutters hotels because they can simply step outside their rooms and they are here.
A Los Angeles Amusement Pier in
the Good Old Days
Our private Los Angeles tour guests truly enjoy their visit to the Santa Monica Pier which is a modern manifestation of the great wooden piers of old that once adorned the bay just a streetcar ride from downtown or Hollywood. One of the great piers seen above in this vintage aerial photograph demonstrates how extensive these structures were and how much fun they would have been. Built (and rebuilt when they would burn down) in the early 20th century and instigated by Abbot Kinney who designed and created Venice, these extensions into the sea offered roller coasters and other exciting rides, carousels, carnivals, dancing (watch THEY SHOOT HORSES DON’T THEY) and lots and lots of eating and drinking. Long before beach culture became what it is today fully dressed denizens of Los Angeles would spend entire days at the shore strolling from one pier to another.
After Hollywood It Is the Ocean for
Our Private Tour Group
What is nice when summer is over for the rest of the country is to enjoy a late summer in Los Angeles. Our private Los Angeles tour guests can have us take them to explore and enjoy Venice Beach, Santa Monica and Malibu after a thorough tour of Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Santa Monica is home of a world famous pier that is really a carnival built over the sea. Fun food, attractions and rides await our guests. They can hear the calliope sounding from the historic carousel over the crash of the waves breaking on the beach. What is even better is that fine beach weather extends pretty much throughout the year in Los Angeles. Bring your shorts and flip-flops.
On a Los Angeles Tour It Pays to Know Your Gulls
Our tour guides know a lot about the history of the assorted piers that once graced the Los Angeles beaches providing entertainment, eating and excitement. The old creosote-soaked timbers used in the pier construction caused them to burn down regularly until time and technology reduced their number and saw more cement and steel involved in their building. Today there is just the Santa Monica pier in full operation. Nearby, the Venice Beach pier is now just a simple walk above the waves and a good place to toss a fishing line. However, the sea birds love this quiet stretch of ocean walkway and it gives us a chance to interact with them. Like this unflappable fellow, a Thayer’s Gull, assuming an Eagle Pose in his yoga practice. At least that’s what one of our private Los Angeles tour guests, a yoga practitioner, laughingly offered as we photographed this handsome sea bird. If his name is Jonathan Livingston Seagull then we have another celebrity sighting here.