My husband and I will be visiting the area in late October to finish the last stretch of the Coastal Highway that we have not traveled before. Our trip is only 3 nights and we fly into LAX. Our plan is to stay the first night in SLO and 2nd night in Santa Barbara. The 3rd night we have thought about Santa Monica area. Flight leaves early the next day so we want to be close to LAX. We're having trouble finding an affordable room in that area for one night (many are 2 night minimum). Any suggestions in Santa Monica or is there another area that is close to LAX that we should explore for the last night? Have thought about just staying close to the airport but don't want to lose anytime exploring new areas. Thanks!