Staying in Hollywood area this summer (Franklin Ave/Kodak Theatre) and obviously want to visit Santa Monica and Venice areas/beaches - really confused on the travel aspect. Hate driving abroad, and the info on driving in LA sounds terrifying!
Also seems taxis and public transport not advised time and money-wise. So, any advice out there? Budget not overly tight so for day trips to the beaches over the period taxi there and/or back isn't necessarily out of the question - any ideas how much, ball park?
Time-wise buses seem to be a problem. Have considered the hop on/hop off tourist buses which seem to be specifically geared to circling the main spots, inc the beaches.
All advice much appreciated!