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Stay near Venice Beach

Detroit, Michigan
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Stay near Venice Beach

I am looking for a rental for a few days around new years. Max price would be $250 a night (there are three of us). Is Venice Beach an ok area to stay in? I have not found anything available in Santa Monica for this time but see a few near Venice Beach which may be available. We will have a car (going to the Rose Bowl), but would like a place where we can come back and walk to a bar or have dinner

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1. Re: Stay near Venice Beach

The city of Santa Monica doesn't allow Short Term apartment rentals, so that is why you are not finding them. Venice Beach is close, and parts of the town are just fine, others are some less desirable .

Have you looked at other areas near the beach and about the same driving distance to Pasadena, such as Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Long Beach, Huntington Beach and Newport Beach. Newport Beach and the Balboa peninsula has a lot of VRBO's. Long Beach doesn't have many VRBO's near the main tourist area of town.

http://www.ci.manhattan-beach.ca.us/visitors

http://www.redondochamber.org/

www.visitlongbeach.com

www.surfcityusa.com

www.visitnewportbeach.com

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2. Re: Stay near Venice Beach

Do you have the listing details? If you post it for us, we can tell you what kind of neighborhood it's in (assuming they provide that info). Feel free to e-mail the owner and get exact cross-streets and let us have that, too.

Are you renting a car or plan to use mass transit?

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3. Re: Stay near Venice Beach

Look for rentals on Airbnb.com near Abbot Kinney and Main Street. Don't rent anything east of Lincoln. You'll love the area - especially if you are near Abbot Kinney.

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4. Re: Stay near Venice Beach

For some of the alternate locations listed, the phrase "about the same driving distance to Pasadena" does not seem to apply.

Venice to Pasadena - about 25 miles.

Manhattan Beach to Pasadena - about 29 miles

Redondo Beach to Pasadena - about 32 miles

Long Beach to Pasadena - about 30 miles

Huntington Beach to Pasadena - about 45 miles

Newport Beach to Pasadena - about 53 miles

If Santa Monica is out, I would agree to try Venice, or Manhattan Beach would be the second choice based on distance - Manhattan Beach is a great beach area, many bars and restaurants near the water.

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5. Re: Stay near Venice Beach

Had a holiday lunch today in Manhattan Beach. One friend came from Pasadena near the Rose Bowl, and made it in a half hour exactly, using the 105 Freeway coming west. That 29 miles took less time to drive, than the lunch last year at Old Tony's in Redondo Beach, at 32 miles which adds twenty minutes just to get from freeways to the RB Pier.

If you stayed at the Marriott MB on Rosecrans Ave. you would be a mile from the freeways. More space for a family is the Marriott Residence on Sepulveda Blvd. I love the free hot breakfast and evening manager's reception there. Also look at the Belamar, Hawthorn Suites, Sea View Inn and the budget buster, the Shade Hotel, right in the downtown village area. Many bars and restaurants to walk to.

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6. Re: Stay near Venice Beach

As MachThree points out, the Orange County beach cities are much further than the LA County beach cities and it isn't just distance, but time and access to freeways as well.

Venice & Manhattan Beach have pretty quick access to freeways, Redondo Beach, not so much. Huntington Beach from the beach area has lousy freeway access and Newport has okay access as long as you are not too far down the peninsula.

Newport Beach probably does have the largest stock of rentals, but if you are wanting to see Los Angeles sights (Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, etc) Newport is a lousy base because it is far and the freeways can be packed.

I think you are on the right track looking in Manhattan Beach first, then maybe Playa del Rey and then Venice.

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