Hey guys, I am so excited to be sharing this with you!
I’m partnering with Mercedes-Benz to share my version of Los Angeles. People are always asking me about my favorite spots in the city, and I decided it was high time to share them with you guys. If you had just one day in Los Angeles, these are my can’t-miss spots.
And as a Mercedes Benz owner (I’m on my third Mercedes) and probably oging into my fourth one this year after my lease is up. So I knew I had to jump into this opportunity, because there is nothing better than, working with a company I already love.
As you guys know I am from Miami, and I moved to Los Angeles 9 years ago. When I started looking at areas where to live, I knew I wanted to be by the beach. I guess it was a way to feel a little of Miami in LA.
So let me get started with My City that I call home now, Los Angeles. I live on the Westside of Los Angeles, which means by the coast in an area called Pacific Palisades.
It is nestled in between Malibu and Santa Monica. When you drive down Pacific Coast Highway, you may have driven by but wouldn’t know you did. because there are barely any signs.
There are only 4 ways to come to Pacific Palisades, Sunset Blvd, Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), Chautauqua Blvd or Temescal Blvd.
I work and spend most of my time on Westside, it is peaceful, laid back, with amazing restaurants and shopping. I spend my time between Malibu, Santa Monica, Venice, Brentwood and Marina del Rey.
I only go to the other side of town if I have to, like for work related reason.
I am a sucker for nature, sunsets and all those good things in life, so here are some of my favorites spots for sightseeing, dining and of course shopping. There’s everything I love on my side of town, and honestly traffic is so crazy in LA I try to avoid it as much as I can.
If I want Sushi, Mexican, Italian food it is literally 15 minutes from my house. If I want shopping most of my favorite stores are at The Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place, it is shopping heaven. I have a Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters, H&M, Uniqlo, Zara, Old Navy and Banana Republic under the same ski (it’s an open mall hahaha).
I have over 5 hiking trails withing walking distance and so many more in a 10 mile radius, I pretty much live where some vacation, not bad ha!
It is one of my favorite piers, it is beautiful year-round, whether you go to the beach or to dine. The views are breath-taking and one of my favorites spots to catch the sunset.
2. Red O Restaurant in Santa Monica
I just discovering this restaurant in January, when Douglas and I went to celebrate our anniversary.
You can see the Santa Monica Pier and the beach from most tables. We loved it so much we went back for Valentine’s Day and can’t wait to go back again. It si walking distance to pretty much all shopping and tourist spots in Santa Monica.
2. Viceroy Hotel Santa Monica
I love this hotel, whether I am going for a yoga class by pool, dinner or drinks. I’ve celebrated my birthday and anniversary here. And on the weekends you can enjoy drinks at the lobby, it’s like a party with a DJ and such a great atmosphere.
4. Venice Canals
I can never get tiered of this place, I like to go here just to unplug. I love to take my dogs and walk all around it, enojy the weather, view and the amazing houses. I have done 3 photoshoots here ’cause I love it so much.
5. Palisades Beach
I am lucky to live 3 miles from the beach and this is my local beach. It’s kind of walking distance, the only thing is that I live up a canyon that is literally a super heavy hike. So we drive down the canyon park our car on Sunset and then walk across PCH to the beach.
And I had to share this amazing picture of Marina Del Rey, It remains me of Miami a little, with all the marinas, restaurants, bike paths and high-rose buildings (like the Brickell area in Miami where I grew up. Come on, I mean look at this view. This picture was taken from Killer Shrimp, one of my favorite restaurant in this area.
The iconic Santa Monica Pier, with views for days, lots of restaurants and amenities. You can spend the entire day here exploring.
And last but not least, Palisades Park in Santa Monica, I walk it all from beginning to end at the entrance of the Santa Monica Pier and back ( a 3 mile walk) while stopping to take pictures, pet dogs and talking to people along the way.
And guess who loves to live by the water? My 3 rescued dogs. From left to right: Stella (6), Chloe (7) and Ruby (4), well we think those are their ages. We love to take them at sunset time when there’s not to many people, and let them run free. Because they know life is better by the beach, and they know what’s up!
So, what’s YOUR version of Los Angeles? If you live in or plan on visiting NYC, LA, Chicago, Austin, Miami, or Denver, Mercedes-Benz is inviting you to share your city in a simple and artistic way on Instagram. It’s easy—you create a quick (but beautiful) animated album on the Socially Driven website (from your phone) of 5 of your best geotagged photos and upload it to Instagram. Then, you share your album on your feed with the hashtag #MBsociallydriven—”and your photos might be featured on the Mercedes-Benz website!
Ready to rediscover your city? Join me and let’s go!
I hope you enjoyed My City Los Angeles, my way, living that “Beachy Life”.
With Lots of Love,