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Time to travel from Hermosa to Santa Monica Pier & Promenade?

Time to travel from Hermosa to Santa Monica Pier & Promenade?

Jun 2nd, 2007, 07:25 PM
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Time to travel from Hermosa to Santa Monica Pier & Promenade?

We have decided to stay in Hermosa Beach as the hotels are so high priced in Santa Monica. Yet, after doing some research, we will probably want to spend time in Santa Monica at the Promenade shopping and at the Pier, and eating at some nice restaurants there. How much time will it take to travel between Hermosa and SM? Will the traffic be heavy between these beach cities? We have two teenage boys and want to spend time at the beach, yet want to go to the Pier and the Promenade and Santa Monica looks so fun. Are we staying too far away from main attractions?
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Jun 3rd, 2007, 06:25 AM
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You may want to reconsider. Hermosa is not that close to Santa Monica. There is no direct freeway link. The traffic in LA is getting worse not better. With the cost of gas, and your travel time it may not be that expensive after all to stay in West Los Angeles somewhere.
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Jun 3rd, 2007, 08:02 AM
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One day in Santa Monica will be plenty to see all the things you want to see there. Once your boys hang out at the beach in Hermosa, they won't want to venture much farther. If you wait until after 10 am, you can get to SM within 30-40 minutes.

The traffic getting around SM and the Westside is much worse than the traffic in the south bay beach cities.

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Jun 3rd, 2007, 09:47 AM
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It should take about 30-40 minutes on PCH/Lincoln, assuming not rush hour traffic. Weekend beach traffic can also add time to that.

But, why bother? Manhattan Beach is right next door and offers better shopping and restaurants (more boutique/unique stuff, fewer chains). The beach in Hermosa/Manhattan is nicer (IMHO) and more laid back.

There is more entertainment on the Santa Monica Pier, but there's also a slightly sketchy crowd - especially at night.
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Jun 3rd, 2007, 10:27 AM
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In addition to MB, there's also nice shopping south of Hermosa in Redondo's Riviera Village--lots of restaurants there, too.
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Jun 4th, 2007, 09:29 AM
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I agree, if you're staying in Hermosa, go to Manhattan/Hermosa Beach instead. It's actually nicer and the experience is much the same. What were you hoping to do in Santa Monica that isn't available in MB?
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Jun 4th, 2007, 08:07 PM
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Thanks for the input. It makes me feel better about our decision to stay at Hermosa Beach. Sounds like we will have fun! We will take a day trip to Santa Monica. It is worth driving on up to Malibu or even Santa Barbara to see the sights?
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Jun 5th, 2007, 06:58 AM
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Malibu, maybe, but only if you can squeeze it into your Santa Monica day. Driving along the coast to Santa Barbara would take a good 3 hours each way from HB. I'm sure that your boys would rather spend time actually ON a beach, than in a car looking at the ocean.

Let us know if you need any restaurant or activity recommendations in and around Hermosa Beach.
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Jun 5th, 2007, 09:22 AM
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It's only about 30 minutes between Hermosa/Manhattan and Santa Monica. But again, I question what it is that you need to go there for. There are piers in Manhattan, Hermosa and Redondo, beach volleyball, fishing, surfing, bike riding, etc. As well as small boutique and funky stores. Try Uncle Bill's Pancake House for a funky beach vibe.
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Jun 5th, 2007, 04:06 PM
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I would recommend going on to Malibu from Santa Monica--not all the way up to SB though. Malibu is doable and you'll get a nice dose of pretty scenery.

I also don't see the harm in driving up to Santa Monica for one day. As others said--it's not going to take that long if you go on a weekday and avoid rush hour.
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