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Southern Cali - Santa Monica, Malibu, Santa Barbara, San Diego

Southern Cali - Santa Monica, Malibu, Santa Barbara, San Diego

Old May 1st, 2007, 10:46 AM
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Southern Cali - Santa Monica, Malibu, Santa Barbara, San Diego

Planing a trip for about a week to Southern Cali in July. Have no idea where to stay. We are six adults in mid 20s. We like outdoor cafes and restaurants, and love great nightlife and people watching...Not big fans of huge poluted cities, so don't really want to stay in LA proper, but need help choosing between all the Santas and Sans The list of locations that has been suggested is:
Santa Monica
Santa Barbara
San Diego
Malibu

what do you suggest?

Thanks
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Old May 1st, 2007, 11:15 AM
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I think that San Diego and Santa Monica will fit what you are looking for. Santa Barbara is quieter, I always think of it as appealing more towards couples in their late 30s and above rather than a group in their mid-20s.
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Old May 1st, 2007, 11:51 AM
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My suggestions are not included on your list, but work better for your interests, IMO:

Hermosa Beach
Huntington Beach
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Old May 1st, 2007, 12:32 PM
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Sorry, but the "Cali" thing is a pet peeve. It's California. No one here calls it that.
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Old May 1st, 2007, 01:34 PM
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Thank you, iamq - I never hear "Cali" either.
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Old May 1st, 2007, 01:51 PM
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you don't mention a budget for your stays in Cali, but I can recommend LagunaRiviera.com and harborviewinnsb.com
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Old May 1st, 2007, 01:52 PM
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that sounds like fun trip (6 x 20s)
in that case I recommend a vacation rental - you can do and be however you want.
HomeAway is the biggest and easites to navigate:
http://www.homeaway.com/California-v...on-rentals.htm
but also VRBO: http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals.../central-coast
plus others if you wish to look for perfect rental;
have fun!
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Old May 2nd, 2007, 02:00 PM
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Thanks guys..
So Santa Monica is no good? Really? I was there many many years ago and it looked great.

We can spend upto $200/night for a hotel, but I am leaning towards getting a beach house somewhere near all the action.
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Old May 2nd, 2007, 05:24 PM
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$200 per person, per couple -- or for all six of you????
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Old May 2nd, 2007, 08:37 PM
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Most of the beach houses require a week's stay. In the LA area, Manhattan or Hermosa Beach are great areas for mid 20's. Most weekly rents there run in the $3000-$4000 rate but if you are two to a room at $200 a night that's $600 a night x 7 days = $4200.

Check out Newport Beach-maybe a little quieter but a lot more rentals and more reasonable prices. You can get a pretty big beach house for a week for around $3000. Check www.burrwhite.com to see some rentals.

Also check out www.vrbo.com to see rentals in all areas.

Let us know your budget. I hope you mean $200 per couple and even at that price it will be hard to find rooms near the beach.
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Old May 8th, 2007, 12:31 PM
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yea def 200/night per room (2 in room)
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Old May 8th, 2007, 12:32 PM
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any suggestions on hotels in the 200/night range? close to beach?
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Old May 10th, 2007, 11:44 AM
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I think Santa Monica is a good choice, But hotels on/near the beach are expensive. How about the Holiday Inn S.M at the pier, its not a great hotel, but it is in your price range, and right on the pier, Beach and a few blocks to 3rd St Promanade,& the mall
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Old May 10th, 2007, 05:31 PM
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Check out Hotels in Hermosa and Manhattan Beach on Sepulveda Blvd. or Pacific Coast Hwy (PCH) like Hawthorn Suites, Comfort Inn, Holiday Inn Express, or Hotel Hermosa, Quality Inn and Suites, etc.

Hermosa has the best "party" nightlife, and Manhattan has more outdoor cafes and restaurants. Towns are next to each other. 10-15 minutes south of LAX.
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Old May 10th, 2007, 07:41 PM
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Santa Monica is definitely worth checking out - might be more expensive, but third street promenade/beach/restaurants and other night offerings are close by and sound like what you might want. And it's close to real LA but not too close.

We stayed at a hotel in San Diego a few years ago called Prava that was beautiful, great location and reasonably priced. I can't seem to find a website for it, though, so I wonder if it's changed names? SD also has much to offer for younger travelers. Gotta go visit the Hotel del Coronado, too.

Santa Barbara is beautiful -- though other posters are right and it's not extremely hopping at night. More up your alley if you want a peaceful night in a beautiful city -- there are many hotels on the beach there, but it's not a rowdy city.
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