Santa Monica as a whole can be over hyped but Palisades is a beautiful park! The park extends north-south with the beach to the west and ocean ave to the east. Sitting high on a bluff you are actually looking down toward the beach which makes for better views. The whole place is very well taken care of and there is a walkway for runners, benches to relax, and plenty of shade under the massive palms. This is an excellent place to go for Sunset! You can see north to Malibu, due west to the ocean, and slightly south are good views of the pier.