My husband and I are embarking on our round the world trip in April and have planned to spend one week in Los Angeles. I had hoped that we could get an apartment for the week and live in it self catering for our time there. If anyone can recommend a site that lets out apartments that would be great.
Also from never having been in LA we are unsure of the areas to avoid having accomodation in. Can anyone help me out? Would it be cheaper to get a place on the beach? We will have our own rental car to get about anyway. ANy advice would be greatly appreciated!
There was just a post like this not too long ago within the past two weeks. if you search I'm sure you will find it. it had some decent posts.
I would say check out the santa monica area and stay around there that's also within walking distance of venice beach which is ok for a day. You might want to be a little more alert at night though. Stay out of the south I suppose, Hollywood is ok to check out for a day but it's nothing special, it's not horrible though, you're not going to want to stay there.
Look into hostels, renting a place in a nice area will either be impossible or cost a fortune. It'll be in your best interest to rent a car as well as LA spreads out all over the place.
Thank you for your reply, most helpful!
I will check out that area. We will have a car as well whilst in america...driving from orlando-la to spend our last week there before our connecting flight to Hawaii.
I would prefer to be able to rent a place tbh, we have a budget to do this, obviously I would like to keep the costs as low as possible though!
My favorite area around LA is Venice Beach Marina Del Rey area. A short ride to hollywood/beverly hills, and right on the water. one of my favorite things in LA is sitting next to the Venice Pier watching all the Jumbo Jets take off across the Pacific. Santa Monica is nice too, and just north of Venice, but a little more expensive, and in my opinion not as fun. I'd stay away from downtown or anywhere in Hollywood or out east. South of the Airport is Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach those are nice too, but a little further away from the fun of LA. There are plenty of places to rent for a week or two on some of the vacation rental by owner sites. usually less than most hotels about (150nt) and much nicer for an extended stay. Have fun and check out the breakfast across the street from the Whaler on Washington Blvd. Can't remember the name right now, but it's delicious, and a great place to people watch..
I should let you know the areas to avoid since others let you know where to go already.
(1) Compton (unless you want to see police helicopters all day long and bars on the windows of every residence).
(2) South-Central LA--anything farther south thanthe University of Southern California and the nearby Coliseum is a total disaster. Even driving down the Harbor Freeway from LA will give you an idea of how bad it is since there is (or at least was) graffiti on the road from downtown until you get past Compton--which is about 12 miles south of there.
(3) The section of Long Beach just north of downtown. If you go to the southeast and eastern portion of Long Beach it is beautiful, as are the parts near the coast--but north of downtown is a total ghetto. Very sad, since I grew up in Long Beach.
(4) East LA--the areas within about 7 miles of downtown. There are sections that are nice here, but unless you know which areas are good and which aren't, I suggest you just avoid all of it.
(5) Inglewood--this area has gone steaily downhill.
and (6) Hawthorne--this area is okay, but I say you should avoid this area for a different reason--which is that it has a totally out-of-control police department. The department has been charged in about 30 different lawsuits--and usually pleads no contest and pays out millions in compensation for citizen harassment/beatings--and still the local police commission likes to pretend there is no problem. The local city council is ready to fire everybody, but they can't exactly do without any police--so they try to keep it "undercover"--with very little press coverage--but it is not someplace I'd go--especially if you look unusual or are a member of a minority group. (I don't fall into either category--and I still got hassled by the police when I attended a party there). P.S. About 8 years ago, three of the police were jailed for beating a guy to death--but the police problems continue.
This sounds like a lot of places--but you need to realize that LA consists of about 80 different local communities--so 6 bad ones isn't as bad as it may at first seem.
Thanks guys! Very appreciative of your responses!
Calcruzer, I think I'll print your response and take it with me when I go!! I know what you mean, every city has their areas to avoid!
LostAngler, that was what I was thinking, the apartments I have found are all cheaper than booking a hotel and even a hostel is just as dear when we have to pay for the two of us!
Thanks everyone for the hints and tips!
For me, it's ALL ABOUT VENICE BEACH! There is a hostel practically on the beach that has rooms for couples.
I wouldn't stay anywhere else in LA!