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WALK DOWN A BOARDWALK IN SANTA MONICA…AND NICE, FRANCE

OCTOBER 31, 2014

Do It Here, Then Do It There….

Southern California is home to many boardwalks and paths curving along the ocean that both locals and visitors delight in walking, biking, or even rollerblading down. Here’s one of the top boardwalks close to home if you live in SoCal plus one you don’t want to miss visiting overseas.

Amble by the Ocean in Santa Monica

You can’t miss the Santa Monica Pier which rises up from the sea in a fantastic display of rides, games and other carnival-style entertainment. You don’t want to miss what’s north of the Santa Monica Pier, though, which is one of Los Angeles’ most beautiful boardwalks. More like a hiking trail than a boardwalk, the Santa Monica oceanfront walk is a manicured path winding through palm trees and lush green shrubbery while always staying in view of the Pacific Ocean.

Walk the Promenade in Nice

As nice as the boardwalks in Santa Monica and the rest of SoCal are, you may be wanting a change of waterfront scenery and the south of France is an excellent place to head for such a switch. Nice, France in particular is home to a gorgeous shoreline stretching alongside the sparkling blue Mediterranean Sea. The beach in front of it is made of pebbles, however, so it’s not the most comfortable platform to walk on. Luckily, Nice has a lovely boardwalk that ambles alongside the beach called Promenade des Anglais. The “promenade” in the name gives this boardwalk a much more posh feel, but don’t worry – swimsuits and beach cover-ups are still common attire along Promenade des Anglais. Along the walk you’ll encounter benches ideal for taking a break and soaking in the views. Promenade des Anglais also borders many restaurants and bars, which may entice you to take a break from your walk for a French snack or drink.

Nice is a popular port of call on many Celebrity Cruises Mediterranean itineraries (though your cruise will dock in nearby Villefranche). Find a cruise that sails there by clicking here for Celebrity Cruises Mediterranean itineraries that stop in Nice and soon you’ll be on your way to leaving SoCal and Santa Monica behind and ambling down the Promenade des Anglais in Nice.

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