Pit Stop at Will Rogers

After leaving the Getty Villa, Chris and I stopped by the beach right across the museum – Will Rogers State Beach. It’s a beach park located along the Santa Monica Bay, which sits right directly on the Pacific Coast. We didn’t stay too long – having grown up in the Philippines, I’ve always found some sort of peace being next to the ocean and hearing the waves crash against the rocks kind of brought me back home.

The parking lots for the state beach were very empty (well, it was a Monday) so parking wasn’t a problem. We parked in the smaller lot and poured all our change into the meter but ended up leaving after five minutes.ย Unfortunately, compared to the other beaches I’ve visited in California, I wasn’t too impressed with this one. Or any of the beaches on this end of the Pacific Coast Highway – if you want something pretty, the beaches around Newport and Laguna are your best bet.

I also made this short video from that little trip. It isn’t much since I completely forgot to take videos but I’ve been enjoying putting videos together so I figured I wouldn’t let the videos go to waste. Making movies on iMovie is free anyways!

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  1. September 5, 2017 / 10:34 pm

    i love that you’re starting to make a short movie out of your traveling experiences. it makes everything looks so much better when in motion ๐Ÿ˜€

    i can’t remember when was the last time i went to the beach. i kinda miss the sea (i looooove the sea!) but i really hate the sun (i don’t want to tan and i burn quite easily too!) so… i’m not sure if i’d be happy or annoyed when i’m out on the beach. the views you got to witness are breathtaking though and your photos support their beauty nicely ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. September 5, 2017 / 10:50 pm

    THAT KISS ON THE CHEEK IS SO CUTE!!! Love the video – what do you use to film, it is so so smooth when you are walking!

    Shame that you didn’t like the beaches, but I guess you don’t know if they are any good until you do visit.

    nat โ—‹ dignifiable

  3. September 6, 2017 / 5:38 am

    Have you been to Zuma?

  4. September 6, 2017 / 7:17 pm

    that’s a very nice beach to stop at! i wonder how it’d look in the morning. must’ve been freezing yet absolutely breathtaking. i love your photos, eena!

  5. September 6, 2017 / 7:37 pm

    Beautiful! I love your videos! I’m the same way about forgetting to take videos during an experience – it can be overwhelming to try and take pictures, videos, and actually be in the moment sometimes, but I love having a video to look back on.

  6. September 7, 2017 / 8:55 am

    Ah it definitely looks peaceful! Loving the little video, you guys are so sweet together~

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE
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  7. September 9, 2017 / 4:46 am

    I love being on the beach for this reason – I love how calming it is ๐Ÿ˜Š I especially love meditating by the beach, that’s why I love beach holidays the most.

    I saw your YouTube channel and watched this a few days ago actually. I LOVE how they work really well as part of your blog too #goals Great work Eena! I feel like I was there with you!!

  8. September 9, 2017 / 5:33 am

    This beach looks very peaceful. I’m not the type of person to lounge around in a swimsuit on a beach, but I enjoy walking on it and hearing and watching the waves. This beach reminds me of the ones in Sokcho (northeastern coast of South Korea), and it’s making me want to return there. Thanks for sharing the photos of this place ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. September 9, 2017 / 9:49 pm

    Your adventures keep on reminding me that there’s more to LA than Disneyland and the malls XD. I feel you about hearing the waves! It feels so relaxing and soothing. I love it whenever there’s lots of available parking at the beach! The last time I was at Huntington Beach, I supposedly stole some guy’s parking spot (Um, I was already reaching for it when he turned to the row…).

    Your video looks so cool!!! Everything looks so steady and props to Chris for holding the camera for some shots ;). Him kissing you was super cute!

  10. September 10, 2017 / 8:50 am

    That’s a beautiful beach to stop at! It is making me miss the beautiful beaches here in the Philippines.


  11. September 10, 2017 / 9:27 am

    I love Santa Monica! When I was living in Cali it was a nice escape from the city. I live in Costa Rica now, so I guess I really wanted to escape the city hahaha. Lovely post.

  12. September 11, 2017 / 8:08 am

    Wow, look at that sky! So pretty!

    That’s great that you guys didn’t have a problem with parking and that the beach wasn’t so busy. Sometimes it can get very stressful to find parking at a busy beach. I like the short video you did! It reminds me of flash writing, except in video format!

  13. September 14, 2017 / 12:39 pm

    Awe it’s too bad you guys didn’t want to stay there a while. I’m never around any beaches so I get really excited even by very mediocre ones lol. All of your posts make me really want to visit California ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. September 16, 2017 / 12:14 pm

    I agree with you – the road is so close to the beach it’s not that cool to hang out at the beach. But it is pretty to drive by!