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1 day - no car

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1 day - no car

We coming to Disneyland for 3 days in mid-March, then driving to Palm Springs for a week. My daughter (15) would like to spend 1 day at the beach prior to our Disneyland experience. We will not have a car until we leave Disneyland to drive to PS.

Does anyone have any idea what the taxi fare would be from LAX-Manhattan Beach area, then to Disneyland the next day? Is there a better option to get from LAX to the beach - shuttle? Trying to accommodate the teenager in our group - not sure how warm the beaches will be in March, though.. . might be crazy cold!!

Thanks everyone!

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1. Re: 1 day - no car

Well, it will be a lot warmer than Vancouver but it will be too cold to swim and it could be cool and breezy. You could certainly walk along the boardwalk, or even on the sand but you probably won't be doing any sunbathing.

If I understand you correctly, you are looking to stay overnight at a hotel near the beach. Is that correct? Manhattan Beach is 10 to 15 minutes from LAX (by taxi) but there aren't any free shuttles to Manhattan Beach from LAX.

Here are some options:

1. Taxi (minimum taxi fare if you originate your trip from LAX) is $19 (+ $3 tip) = $22. For Anaheim, you'd need to return to LAX (about the same, $22 and then take the Disneyland Express Bus or a 'shared van' to the Disneyland area ($15 or $20 per person). If you took a taxi from Manhattan Beach to Disneyland, it would cost at least $110 (including tip) -- but could be more if you traveled during 'rush hour.

So, all of the transfer I'm recommending would total about $80.

2. Rent a car at LAX and drop it at Anaheim. Depending on the day of the week, you might find a car rental that will allow you to drop the car in Anaheim for about the same cost as option #1 (above). And, having a car would give you the flexibility of exploring the beach areas.

For example, Alamo.com is offering an economy car picked up on March 15 at LAX and dropped in Anaheim on March 16 for $103. You'd have to add the cost of gas (about $10) and any parking fees at your Manhattan Beach hotel.

3. If you're flexible as far as which beach, you might be able to make the transportation easier. Here's an idea. Stay at the Custom Hotel. It's the only airport hotel on the north side of the airport in a quiet residential neighborhood. The hotel has a free airport shuttle.

To transfer to the nearest 'nice beach' (which would be Venice), you have 2 options:

a. A taxi (about $25 including tip -- 10 or 12 minutes).

b. Or take the #3 Santa Monica Bus (across the street from the hotel) north to Washington Bl. Transfer there to the Culver City #1 bus. Outbound fare: $1.50. Return fare: $1.40. (These fares are per person, of course). Transfer time: about 30 minutes.

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2. Re: 1 day - no car

Why not fly on WestJet from Vancouver to John Wayne nonstop (aka Orange County/Santa Ana/SNA), and then check out the Newport Beach/Balboa Peninsula area for one night (The Bay Peninsula Hotel is highly rated at TA), and then a short trip to the Disneyland area.

John Wayne Airport is smaller and a lot easier to deal with than LAX. Newport Beach is a great beach community, and an inexpensive Shared Van ride from the Airport, which is very close by. Then arrange for a Town Car (or taxi) to take you from Newport Beach to the Disneyland area.


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3. Re: 1 day - no car

Orange County has plenty of beaches that would be nearer to Disneyland. Perhaps ask the question on the Orange County forum?

However, if you are driving to Palm Springs, have your daughter compromise, get the car one day earlier so you can go to the beach (or a few) after Disney. It would be far less hassle.

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