Off to LA this summer. We want to visit the sites of LA (Hollywood etc) but would like to base ourselves close to some nice beaches. Basically want a relaxing holiday, with some day trips to the city thrown in (will be hiring a car for this).
What areas would you recommend which are close to the beaches but not too far from the city and not too expensive? I have had a brief look into Santa Monica but it seems a bit pricey, have a budget of around £100 per night for a room.