Venice Beach idea..

Old Mar 2nd, 2004, 06:28 AM
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Venice Beach idea..

Will be flying into LAX have one afternoon and evening before leaving the next morning. As this is only a "layover" on my trip I've booked a hotel close to Venice Beach. Any suggestions as to what to do to kill a few hours and maybe a good place to eat (does not have to be fancy).

Thanks in advance...
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Old Mar 2nd, 2004, 11:07 AM
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Old Mar 2nd, 2004, 11:12 AM
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The best thing I can suggest is to keep your wits about you and don't stray too far from your hotel at night, especially if you're walking. That part of town is NOT a good one and tourists are prime targets. Venice Beach may be a cool place to visit during the daylight hours, but it's quite another at night. Lots of drug addicts, homeless and just plain weird people. Be careful.
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Old Mar 2nd, 2004, 11:13 AM
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Hi Lily, are you dead set on Venice? Perhaps someone could offer an alternative suggestion...
(Hoping this will send in back up troops for you!)
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Old Mar 2nd, 2004, 11:30 AM
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Thanks for the advice -- any other area that would be better - I would like to be close to LAX for convenience but it's not important.

I've only ever stayed in the Huntington Beach area before.
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Old Mar 2nd, 2004, 11:35 AM
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Look in Marina del Rey. Good restaurant choices, OK selection of hotels (a Marriott, a Ritz-Carlton, a couple of Best Westerns as I recall), 10 minutes from LAX.

Venice is, as they say in real estate, a "transitional" Westside neighborhood. Not Crackhouse Alley, not Looney Tunes-ville, but definitely a locals-only kind of place after dark (a few world-class restaurants like Joe's on Abbot Kinney notwithstanding).
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Old Mar 2nd, 2004, 03:17 PM
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It's only 10-15 minutes in a cab from LAX to Santa Monica. You'd be much happier staying there. Lots of hotels; great restaurants and shopping.
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Old Mar 2nd, 2004, 06:47 PM
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ok thanks everyone! I will change my reservations and stay somewhere more enjoyable! As this is just a "layover" I hadn't thought it thru.....I'm glad I asked!
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Old Mar 2nd, 2004, 09:08 PM
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I just wanted to add that Santa Monica is really a cute town, and has a lot to do for a quick stayover. I love to walk the 3rd Street Promanade looking at all the shops, and then walk over to the ocean (just about 4-5 blocks away). I hope that you enjoy your stay in LA.
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