While there are many Los Angeles honeymoon destinations, perhaps the most captivating aspect of this region is the near perfect weather year round. Like most big American cities downtown Los Angeles is an accumulation of skyscrapers and old buildings, stone jungle, glossy surfaces shining and glittering in the sunlight reflecting everything that they can catch into their mirror focus.
Hollywood is a large beautiful village, where you can see very few people in the streets. All film producing studios, filming sites and working premises of show business are hidden behind the thick fence and look like fortresses. The best view of Hollywood is the bird eye view from a helicopter, when you can see expensive villas, beautiful landscaping and swimming pools.
Los Angeles is an earthquake prone zone and periodically the tectonic activity gets under your skin. Like an adrenalin rush, remind you that you are a guest on this planet. The most attractive part of the Los Angeles area
is the coast, the beaches of Santa Monica and Torrance, though we visited Malibu, Long Beach, Huntington Beach and other places. Another memorable place to visit in Los Angeles is the Getty Museum on Santa Monica Hills.
But first – about beaches. California beaches are the most favorite vocational place for many Americans. Some often come here with their mobile homes. The beach zone outstretches for hundreds of miles and one beach zone can smoothly turn into another. You can enjoy seeing wonderful transparent blue and green water, turbulence of waves and white foam. The water temperature in most of the seasons is not high, even cold, but those, who like surfing, go into the water fully dressed in their special hydroprotective gear and have no worries about that. The surfers get a lot of pleasure from their water exercises and catching waves and it is fascinating to watch them from a pier.
There are hosts of birds on the beaches here and there…mainly seagulls. They sometimes gather in one spot and look loud, important and businesslike having their conferences. Some teeny-tiny birds, digging in the sand for a sea snack at the edge of the tide can also attract your attention. They are such quick runners and are so funny, that you cannot stop laughing watching them. Sea breeze is so piercingly clean and fresh that inhaling it is an endless enjoyment. In my country the Pacific Ocean air is also pleasurable and tasty and piercing but it contains more iodine…and the sea brings to the shore another type of sea weeds.
White rich clean and deep sand of the beaches is not usually the nature creation. It may be brought from other places or even from the desert. Beaches are thousands tons of sand which is evened by special techniques and vehicles. The beach zone is very wide in some places and there is always a sports track on it, where people can do running, bicycling, roller-blade, whatever. I liked it, that every beach had a pier which sometimes stretched out far into the sea. You can stroll, do fishing, mindlessly or thoughtfully stare into the blue green depth of the ocean and watch surfers riding the waves and seals playing in the water. To your pleasant surprise you can find a cafe or a mini aquarium on the pier as well.
It is worth to know that you cannot drink alcohol and smoke almost on all beaches, and women should be careful in showing off all their charms. Police can pull up and remind you that you are not in your bedroom. My favorite beaches were small south beach of Redondo (Torrance) and Manhattan Beach. Redondo has a nice pier with a bunch of restaurants and a boating station. Parallel to Manhattan beach zone there runs a beautiful narrow boulevard with a great variety of flowers, villas, hotels and very expensive houses for rent. Landscaping is artificial but rich and fabulous, in short everything here is created to please your eye. It is a beautiful comfort zone. It is a nice place to visit and enjoy life. I want to finish with words from Roy Orbison’s song:
One sunny day I’ll get back again somehow, some way, I do not know when, California Blue, California Blue.