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7 Days in Newport Marriott with Kids

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7 Days in Newport Marriott with Kids

We will be flying into LAX and driving to Newport. I am thinking of driving to San Diego for a day at Sea World and the next day at the zoo. I need some other short day trip suggestions and appx drive times with So Cal traffic. How long will it take me to drive to Beverly Hills , Disney Land, and Malibu?

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1. Re: 7 Days in Newport Marriott with Kids

Beverly HIlls: 1 hour, 15 minutes, without traffic (traffic towards LA on the 405 in the morning is terrible and could add 45 minutes to 1 hour to the trip)

Malibu: 1 hour, 30 minutes, without traffic (traffic towards LA on the 405 in the morning is terrible and could add 45 minutes to 1 hour to the trip)

Disneyland: 30 minutes, without traffic (traffic up towards Disneyland on the 55 freeway in the afternoon is terrible and could ad 30-40 minutes to the trip)

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2. Re: 7 Days in Newport Marriott with Kids

You don't say which Marriott in Newport Beach that you will be staying at but it won't make too much of a difference:

Disneyland: 25-30 minutes

Beverly Hills: about 60 minutes

Malibu: not worth going IMO. Better beaches in Newport, Laguna or Huntington, all within a 15 minute drive.

If you are going to be using the freeways and you leave around 9:00 AM most of the rush hour traffic will have cleared. However the afternoon commute will start to build up starting around 3:00 PM and continue until 7:00 PM or so. If you plan your day with those thoughts in mind it should be fairly easy driving unless, of course, there is an accident on the route you are using.

You can take the ferry to Catalina Island for the day. Kayak the Back Bay if that interests you. Take the harbor cruise in Newport. All of which are, or originate in, Newport Beach so there is very little driving.

Aquarium of the Pacific and the Queen Mary are up the road in Long Beach, about 40 minutes away.

Knotts Berry farm is another amusement park in Buena Park about a 25-30 minute drive. Also Universal Studios in Universal City, about an hours drive.

Dolphin Safari out of Dana Point Harbor is terrific if you like that sort of thing---whale watching and dolphin watching with an underwater glass pod so you can swim with the dolphins. About a 20-25 minute drive.

It's rather difficult to name more things with so little information. If you would tell us when you are coming, the number in your party, their ages and what kind of things you like to do, it's a lot easier to suggest specific events, locations and things to do that you might find enjoyable.





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3. Re: 7 Days in Newport Marriott with Kids

Actually, using the 55 freeway with the carpool lane should help, there is a special off-ramp from the 55 North Carpool lane to the I-5 north carpool lane, then get off at the special Disney Way Carpool exit.

You might do better using the 73 Freeway when headed South to San Diego and the Zoo/SeaWorld. Note, this is a TOLL Freeway, so make sure you follow the signs and pull over to the right when they want folks who want to pay cash go (without the special transponder). If you fail to do so, you will get a ticket, and if it is a rental car, the rental car will charge you, or forward the bill to you. So be careful and watch the signs. There is only one place you need to pay (if you are going all the way to I-5 South), and it is about $3 each way.

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4. Re: 7 Days in Newport Marriott with Kids

If you rent some bikes in Newport you can ride down the coast to Huntington Beach, pretty good distance but very nice.....Also a nice bike ride is Marina del Rey to Santa Monica...the kids would probably have more fun in Santa Monica than in Malibu. Go to the Shake Shack just out on the PCH near the Marriott/Crystal Beach for a Shake they are great!

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5. Re: 7 Days in Newport Marriott with Kids

The 55 carpool lane to the 5 north carpool lane is not good in the afternoon. The 5 carpool lane backs up and crawls along in the afternoon and early evening from the interchange and on to the 5.

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6. Re: 7 Days in Newport Marriott with Kids

OK -- I see you are from the UK and probably want to see Beverly Hills and Malibu because you have heard about them and you won't be satisfied not going. So go but be warned that the traffic in Beverly Hills is the WORST in Southern California and there is really not much to see but tall buildings.

Malibu is nice but Newport and Laguna are just as nice. You might want to consider staying overnight in Santa Monica and exploring Malibu and Beverly Hills from there. Santa Monica has many great restaurants, a fun street scene on the 3rd St. Promenade and its own wonderful beaches. Malibu is pretty dead and for several miles you can barely see the beach because much of it is blocked by unfortunate home construction.

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