California, food, Los Angeles, North America, United States
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Los Angeles: Santa Monica Beach, Mexican Food and Rooftop Lounging

Day 2 of Los Angeles and it was time to hit the beaches!  We went to Santa Monica beach which was swarming with both tourists and locals looking to catch some rays and fun in the sun.

Santa Monica Beach

Seems strange to find rows of crosses on a beach but they are placed there in memory of the American soldiers that died in the Iraq war.  Pretty deep for a place people usually go to sun tan.

Crosses on Santa Monica Beach Santa Monica Beach Santa Monica Beach Beach in Santa Monica

One of the key features that makes Santa Monica unique is the outdoor gymnasium/work out equipment.  You see people doing some crazy athletic poses and moves and its pretty entertaining to watch them perform.

People working out on Santa Monica Beach

Girl swinging on bars in Santa Monica

Near the beach there are streets conveniently lined with shops and restaurants.  We stopped by Border Grill for some dinner.  The Mexican food is supposed to be very good in California because of the large Spanish community.  The chips are fried in house with a fresh guacamole and the ceviche with crispy plantain was bursting with flavor and my favorite dish.

Mexican Food ceviche guacamole and chips

Their Baja Fish Tacos served with three different flavors of rice was alright.  The wrapping was a bit too thick for my liking.

Mexican Fish Tacos

Ending the night off with drinks at The Standard in downtown LA.  Beautiful view of the city!

Asian girls in Los Angeles

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An avid trailer with a thirst to experience this beautiful planet Earth as much as I can within my lifetime. People often travel to escape life. To escape the stress of work, to get away from something, or to take a breather from a seemingly boring lifestyle. I created Great Escapes to capture beautiful moments in my travels across the world in hopes of inspiring you to see travel not as a means to escape life, but for life not to escape us.

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