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Transportation to Laguna Beach from LA??

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Transportation to Laguna Beach from LA??

Could someone be kind enough to advise, if there is any other form of transportation to get to Laguna Beach or Malibu from LA... unfortunately I do not drive..

I will be in Bev Hill for three nights and am torn about my next move for the next 5 nights. I am thinking of staying in Cali - either off to Santa Monica or Laguna Beach to get some sun or whether I should be off to Hononlulu??

Just wondering what the weather will be like? Also, is there much to do in the beach cities for 5 nights? What nice but affordable hotels could u recommend.. Any help will be apreciated since I'm leaving for LA next weekend and as you can see I am sooo torn!! :(

Thanks in advance!!

Elle x

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1. Re: Transportation to Laguna Beach from LA??

Hi,

From the airport, you can use one of the shuttle companies such as Super Shuttle to take you to either Laguna Beach or Malibu. The cost to Laguna Beach should be around $50 one way. If you should choose Santa Monica then the price is quite reasonable since it is near the airport. From Beverly Hills, you can use the same service to get to Laguna Beach or you can use the public transportation which is a little complicated and a longer ride but doable and would be cheaper.

Since, Iam in CAlifornia this week, I can say that the weather has been changing all the time; two days of gloroius sun then some very cold rain yesterday. I would check the extended weather forecast to see how the weather might look in 10 days. Honolulu, of course, would be quite warm. Also, it is quite warm in Palm Springs which is located 2 hours from Los Angeles in the desert.

The water at the beach is too cold for swimming unless you have a wetsuit. However, if you get a sunny day then the beach is nice for tanning.

There is alot to do in Santa Monica and Laguna Beach to keep you busy for 5 days. There would be less to do in Malibu, but is close to LA to party in the evenings.

For hotels, I would check expedia,com to get an idea of the prices since they run all prices. Malibu will have a smaller selection of places to stay.

Hope that this helps.

Enjoy!!

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2. Re: Transportation to Laguna Beach from LA??

Travel between Beverly Hills and Laguna Beach is not easy due to the distance between them. You may want to consider Santa Monica, particularly if you do not have a car. Santa Monica is very close to Beverly Hills and has many activities and a comprehensive bus system. Laguna Beach is served by two bus routes, plus the town's own shuttle system. Do you want to stay in Los Angeles for 8 days? If so, spend some time in Santa Monica. If not, then consider either Santa Barbara or San Diego.

If you do decide to spend time in Laguna Beach, public transit requires several transfers. The "easiest" way is:

Take Metro Rapid route 720 to the Wilshire/Vermont station (eastbound). Transfer to the Metro Red Line headed to Union Station (eastbound). Transfer to an Amtrak (Pacific Surfliner) or Metrolink (Orange County Line) train headed to Santa Ana (southbound). At the Santa Ana station, catch OCTA route 205 headed to Laguna Hills (southbound). At the transit center, transfer to OCTA route 89 headed to Laguna Hills (southbound). The route terminates at the bus depot near the center of town.

More information:

http://www.metro.net

http://www.amtrakcalifornia.com

http://www.metrolinktrains.com

http://www.octa.net

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3. Re: Transportation to Laguna Beach from LA??

Without a car, Malibu is almost impossible. Laguna Beach is about 90 minutes away by car, it would be close to $100 or more, to get there by shuttle (not $50 - it's $50 from LAX to Hollywood!).

Santa Monica is easy to get to from Beverly Hills - an inexpensive and quick cab ride - but the hotels are pricey, so tell us your budget. SM is filled with cafes, bars, shops, restaurants -- lots to do without a car. Also, lots to do with 5 days.

Honolulu is doable, but you'd only have about 3 days, in the end, because of the time difference and time it takes to travel (6 hours each way).

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4. Re: Transportation to Laguna Beach from LA??

www.supershuttle.com

LAX to Laguna Beach=$57.00

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5. Re: Transportation to Laguna Beach from LA??

Elle:

Forget Laguna. If you used public transit, It would take over 3 hours (on 3 buses, a metro rail and a train) -- only one of which guarantees you a seat or provide a place to stow your luggage (the train).

Super Shuttle is licensed to transport passengers to or from an airport or seaport. You cannot take Super Shuttle between 2 hotels without paying for a "custom trip" which will cost over $100.

You don't indicate how much luggage you will have with you but if your luggage is minimal, you can take the #720 metro bus on Wilshire Bl in Beverly Hills for the 30 minute ride into Santa Monica ($1.25) or take a taxi ($25 or $30).

Honolulu (or Maui) would be a warmer beach experience.

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6. Re: Transportation to Laguna Beach from LA??

I know its a bit too late, but thank you so much for all your advice! I absolutely loved LA! So much so Im coming back again This xmas :)

Did not manage to see much the first time round..

Thanks again!! :)

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