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Relaxing beach vacation

My husband were debating between Vegas or LA for a few days away in July. We have been to Vegas numerous times so would be easy for us to just relax by the pool. But very hot in july. Never been to LA but seems to be more difficult to find a good deal and not sure which area to stay in. Any recommendations on which area would be good to stay in if we went to LA. Not interested in Disney this trip - maybe next time....

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1. Re: Relaxing beach vacation

Really depends - Santa Monica is the most convenient beach to the rest of LA, but if you just want a beach vacation, you may not be worried about how close it is to other things - Santa Monica is really nice, but pricey, and its "big city meets the beach". You could also try the South Bay beaches (Manhattan, Hermosa or Redondo) - Manhattan is a good choice, Shade Hotel is quite nice, for less money and a great location there's the Sea View Inn. Manhattan and Hermosa especially have a small town feel even though they're very much in the big LA metro area. These areas are generally further from the touristy parts of central LA. If you don't care about proximity to LA at all, you might want to try the beaches in Orange County - Newport, Huntington, Laguna, San Clemente, or Dana Point, or even head further south to San Diego.

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2. Re: Relaxing beach vacation

July is a great time at the SoCal beaches. You didn't mention your budget, but if you want a hotel right at sand level, the Beach House Inn, in Hermosa Beach is very nice, located a block north of the HB Pier.


In Manhattan Beach, two places are near the beach. Closest is the Sea View Inn, which consists of 5 buildings from motel units to 2 bed apartments and Penthouse suites. The views from the balconies of the sunsets are gorgeous. Lots of restaurants and shops in the area. They lend bikes, beach chairs and boogie boards to guests.


The other is Shade Hotel, about 3-4 blocks back from the pier in the Metlox Plaza. More shops and restaurants.


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If you have never been to LA, then there is no reason for doubting about hitting some of the local beaches. Santa Monica, as it has been suggested above, is the obvious/logical first choice. Yet I would encourage you to be a tad bit more adventurous and get to Hermosa. The town is cozy, friendly, small, a lot cheaper than the Santa Monica area – all things you wouldn’t expect for something still within the LA area. I went there with my partner last summer and had a mind-blowing experience. While visiting there, do yourself a favor and go to La Playita. They have the best margaritas of the West Coast (and arguably of the entire United States) and some truly Mexican dishes (and not the standard “Mexican” stuff you get served anywhere in LA). For a delightful stay, I would suggest Grandview Inn. Good prices, nice rooms, and the staff is astonishingly helpful.

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>>>Never been to LA but seems to be more difficult to find a good deal and not sure which area to stay in. <<<

The law of supply and demand.

July is the low season in Las Vegas because the average high is 104 degrees.....average.... You want inexpensive hotels in So Cal you can look at Palm Springs that is bargains like Las Vegas because their avg daily high is 108, but you can get amazing resorts with great pools dirt cheap.

July & August are the highest of high season on the coast. That isn't to say you can't find good deals, but they might not be at the top hotels in the top cities. If the few days get away is a weekend, a place like the Fairmont Newport Beach, that is a business hotel, usually has great weekend rates, so do the Hyatt Irvine and Marriott Irvine. You are inland from the beach a few miles, but nice hotels.

The Hyatt Regency in Long Beach also runs good specials during summer.

As MachThree says, Laguna Beach, San Clemente or Dana Point in South Orange County might have good deals too (For Orange County you'd fly into SNA, not LAX).

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5. Re: Relaxing beach vacation

A couple of good low priced options are in Newport Beach.

The Newport Channel Inn is a basic Motel on Pacific Coast Highway.

Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel is a nice limited service Hotel.

Both are highly rated here at TA.


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