When night falls at Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles!


The Santa Monica Pier, picturesquely situated on the coast, was built in 1908. With the Ferris wheel about 40 meters above the Pacific Ocean, it is still one of the most famous sights in Los Angeles and especially at night by its illumination visible from afar.

Some of us know the pier and ferris wheel of postcards or series and films that play in Los Angeles, such as Forrest Gump. For example, thanks to the film, there is a Bubba Gump shrimp restaurant on Santa Monica Pier.

We visit the Santa Monica Pier regularly with our family when we are in Los Angeles. Our little grandson loves to ride the roller coaster or ferris wheel in the amusement park. The aquarium directly under the carousel with the starfish, crabs, sea urchins, etc., he likes very well and he could spend hours there.

The Pacific Park is not big and the rides are not spectacular, but they are just right for a little boy of three. In the universal studios or Disneyland he can not ride all the attractions and he is always very disappointed, here at the pier he can do that.

But he likes it best when it gets dark and the many colorful lights are everywhere on the pier.

When dawn starts and the sun goes down, it gets crowded at the pier. Now, the endless sandy beaches, and the sparkling in the light of the setting sun Pacific offer a dreamlike sight. The sound of the waves mixed with music, the fishermen casting their fishing rods, would-be acrobats and the countless street artists come to mind. In the evening, there is a very special atmosphere here.

From the pier you have a wonderful view of the ocean and the coast of Santa Monica. It is a very popular place with locals and tourists to watch the sunset.

When the sun sinks into the sea with an impressive play of colors of yellow, orange and red, or is reflected in the backdrop of Santa Monica, this is also always a fascinating experience for us.

The Monica Pier is considered the official western endpoint of the legendary Route 66, which is arguably one of America's most famous highways. This world famous road once led from Chicago to Los Angeles and later found its way to Santa Monica Pier.

Of course there is a shop very close to the sign where you can buy typical Route 66 souvenirs.

Of course, there are plenty of other shops where you can buy souvenirs and restaurants where you can comfortably end the day on the pier. Whether at Bubba Gump Shrimp, Pier Burger or Seaside on the pier, you always have a great view of the ocean.
I think every Los Angeles visitor should have seen the Santa Monica Pier once.
It is open all year and offers entertainment for the whole family.

Tip from me: At the weekend it is very crowded, if possible visit during the week.


  • That looks great! I definitely want to go there! The atmosphere on the water and the many colorful lights I find so beautiful!
    Best regards,
    Cindy ❤ http://www.fraeulein-cinderella.de

  • These are really great impressions! I'm also such a fan of the sea and the beach anyway ... these scenes remind me a bit of our Baltic Sea holidays 🙂
    I would certainly like it super well there!

    Best regards too,
    ❤ Tina from http://www.liebewasist.com

  • Nice post again, thanks! Yes, sunset on the beach always has something special. Makes you want to pack the suitcase your report.

    Lg from Norway

  • Wait ... I'll book my flight fast !!!! 🙂 No, seriously: Great article that makes you want to visit! Thank you!

  • oh, how gorgeous - how mean! I really have a longing for summer, sun and above all sea!

  • Again such great impressions! Especially at dusk or at night that really has to be a great experience there. I would like to see this for myself!

    Best regards,

  • Oh well, I like your photos from the pier really well. I was also able to enjoy the evening atmosphere at the pier last year. From Muscle Beach you also have a great view of the illuminated Ferris wheel!
    LG Veronika, from https://smilesnapandtravel.com/

  • Wow that's great impressions! 🙂
    Once again you get wanderlust! 🙂
    LG Sarah <3

  • Nice there, I really want to go there too! And during the week is clearly noted 🙂

  • Great, the lights and the sea. A dream! Great impressions. Thanks for that.

    Love from,

  • Fantastically beautiful. The sea, sunrises and staircases and the whole pier. Really nice. Since you get immediately wanderlust again.

    Greetings Dany from danyalacarte.de

  • Thanks for the great tips. Since you get the right mood for vacation. The sunsets are a dream.

    Best regards,

  • Hello, a great contribution. I would also like to travel there. But that will take a while. Hope you have a great week. LG melissa

    • Thank you, I'm sure a great week, because I fly back to my family on Thursday to LA.
      I wish you a nice week too,
      best regards

  • That sounds really great mega. That makes you feel like going on vacation 🙂

  • Dear Sigrid! Looks great as always, when I look at your blog over, I'm always directly thereafter feel like booking a trip 🙂 I hope to make it there soon and can use one or the other tip from you 🙂
    Greetings Jacky

  • Very nice pictures, I can understand well that there is something going on at the weekend. Continue your journey 🙂 Best regards, Carla

  • Wow it looks so nice, I often watch Youtuber where there are always again.
    I have to go there.

    LG Jasmine

  • Dear Sigrid,

    a beautiful spot that you have chosen here for us. When I look at your pictures, I feel like I'm back there. Thank you for that!

    Have a nice evening!

    • A place you will never forget and always happy to visit. Thursday we fly, I'm so happy to see my family again.
      Lovely wishes

  • Dear Sigrid

    This is such a nice place, I was there a couple of years ago, we even had the hotel right on the pier! ; oD

    Thank you for your great report, I enjoyed reading!

    Have a nice day!


    • I love being there when the sun goes down. It's time again next week, I can not wait.
      best regards

  • Very nice report!
    We were there in 2012. There are photos of it in my blog.
    Greetings from the time traveler!

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