I'm trying to figure out the best way to make the most of our time. We arrive on a Sunday afternoon and have the rest of that day and Monday available. We'll be in the USC / Hollywood area on Wed.
We are interested in seeing the natural beauty of the area -- we don't want to lay out on beaches, but would love to spend time walking along the shore, visiting tide pools or seeing wildlife, seeing some of the more diverse areas -- these are some places that were suggested to us -- what are your thoughts? Trying to see as much as possible in a short time and trying to figure out best area to stay Sun & Monday nights:
Marina del Ray
Laguna Beach - someone said this was beautiful but probably too far away?
Venice Beach - fun to see the people in the area
Santa Monica Pier- some say fun, some say too run down and touristy
Aquarium of the Pacific?
Thanks for any guidance you can give us - we'll have a rental car and will be coming into LAX.