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Which beach area to stay at

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Which beach area to stay at

We fly into LA for a 3 week vacation and have 4 nights to begin with withour a car. We would like to stay at one of the beaches but would like a hotel from which we could walk out at night to restaurants nearby. Which of the beach areas is best for a large selection of restaurants. We like Chinese, Steak, French, Italian and are quite happy to walk 20 - 30 minutes to a good restaurant. Also any recommendations for hotels/restaurants would be helpful.

Rancho Santa...
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1. Re: Which beach area to stay at

When are you visiting? What is your budget? Santa Monica seems to fit your bill. It has an enormous variety of restaurants.

HTH

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2. Re: Which beach area to stay at

Long Beach is good, free public transit in the "tourist" areas, Huntington Beach is another good choice.

www.visitlongbeach.com

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3. Re: Which beach area to stay at

Santa Monica is probably your best choice for this - lots of great restaurants in SM, its the most central of the beach areas and it also has the best public transit links to the rest of the city in case you want to explore more of the local area during these few days. But SM can be a pricey area for hotels. If you want to be right on the beach, try the Loew's, Shutters, Casa Del Mar or Le Merigot. If you don't need to be right on the beach, but want to be in walking distance, there's some more options - The Shore hotel, The Viceroy, the Fairmont Mirimar, the Shangri-La, The Georgian, The Huntley and the Holiday Inn, among others. There's some cheaper options as well. All of these are 10-20 minute walks at most from many great restaurants - many of these hotels have their own excellent restaurants.

The next best alternatives would be Venice Beach or Manhattan Beach, I think.

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4. Re: Which beach area to stay at

HUH?

Long Beach is part of the LA Metro Rail system, and SM isn't...

metro.net/riding_metro/maps/images/metro_met…

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5. Re: Which beach area to stay at

Considering that it takes about an hour on the Blue Line to reach anywhere of interest to most tourists or to any useful connecting buses, I don't think Long Beach is really a convenient place to stay for accessing the rest of the city.

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6. Re: Which beach area to stay at

It think it would be best to layout your overall itinerary and then ask the Los Angeles bases locals where to go. That way you are not doing the same general area twice and are close to the city where you are planning to visit next

UK
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7. Re: Which beach area to stay at

Hi, thanks for a your prompt reply. We are visiting in September. We normally stay in Best Westerns, Hiltons, Garden Inns etc. We like good quality restaurants.

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8. Re: Which beach area to stay at

Santa Monica would be what you seek, but what is your budget per night for a a hotel? SM is pricey.

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9. Re: Which beach area to stay at

Once again, Long Beach has the Hotel Maya (A Double Tree) and a Hilton.

Here are photos from the Hotel Maya I stayed at about a year ago..

http://tinyurl.com/87eg4wh

Check the link for Visit Long Beach for some great restaurants.

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