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Los Angeles in December

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Los Angeles in December

We are a family of 4 (with 2 boys aged 16 and 13) travelling to the US in December 12. We are starting in LA (staying 7 days) from around the 8th Dec and have been looking at some nice Venice Beach accommodation (the area sounds really vibrant and interesting), However, it has occurred to me that Venice is probably at its best in summer - would appreciate some advice on whether we would still get the "atmosphere" of Venice in December.

I have also been looking at Beverley Hills/Grove area which also sounds great. We will have a car. Plan on doing Universal studios but not Disneyland (have been to Disney World) and perhaps a Warner Bros tour. We really like staying in areas where you feel a bit like a local (we use VRBO a lot) .

and have easy access to good food stores (eg WHolefoods or farmers markets).

Any advice greatly appreciated!

Thank you


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1. Re: Los Angeles in December

On a nice day in December, especially a nice weekend day, there will be plenty of people out in Venice. But unless you really like the young, vaguely countercultural scene you might want to stay elsewhere. If you want to stay near the beach you might look in Santa Monica, though sometimes people mention complications with rent control rules. Third St. Promenade in downtown Santa Monica has a lot of pedestrians (no cars) and some of the energy of the Venice boardwalk, with less of an edge.

The area around the Grove, around Fairfax Ave. might be good for you guys. West Hollywood might also work well, there are lots of apartments, there's a Whole Foods, people walk on Santa Monica Blvd., it's central to visitor attractions.

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2. Re: Los Angeles in December

The beach communities (Venice / Santa Monica) are cooler in winter than central L.A. (Hollywood/Beverly Hills/Beverly Grove), etc. Our winters never get icy cold but if you're dreaming of a warm 'beach experience', even in the best of times, these beaches in winters will be on the cool side and a little windy, at times.

Venice IS an interesting place -- lots of contrasts: gritty 'city beach area' with some surprisingly expensive restaurants and shops in places. If you want an "L.A. feel', Venice is definitely an option for you.

Another option is the Hollywood Hills. The Hills are a big part of L.A. -- just like the beach is. You don't need to stay in a house "way above the city" if you'd rather have more of a connection with the city below. There are dozens of 'foothill areas' (where the hills meet the city). You might look in the hills just above the Sunset Strip. This will give you easy access to Beverly Hills (to the west), West Hollywood (to the south), to Hollywood (to the east) and to Beverly Grove (south of West Hollywood)

Also look at Beachwood Canyon -- to the east of central Hollywood -- where the Hollywood sign is.

Edited: 17 March 2012, 05:11
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3. Re: Los Angeles in December

"We really like staying in areas where you feel a bit like a local (we use VRBO a lot) "

Check out Manhattan Beach, 3 miles south of LAX. We are a typical beach community, where you can experience casual living. Surfers and Volleyball players are out year around. There is a bike path along the beach that runs for 22 miles, that goes through Venice to Santa Monica or south to Hermosa and Redondo beach. The Strand (boardwalk) runs parallel with it and is nice for taking walks and meeting locals out walking their dogs, strolling along in the evenings to watch the sunset. It's not unusual to see residents wearing shorts and a sweatshirt or T-shirt if it's a mild day.

A number of people like the Sea View Inn which is 5 buildings consisting of motel units and apartments with 2 bedrooms and a kitchen. There is free parking and there is use of Strand Cruisers (bikes) for their guests.


Lots of good vrbo rentals in town as well. The MB Pier is roughly at 12th street and MB Blvd., so any area near the downtown area is really a good location.


You are near two freeways, the 105 and the 405 to take you to Beverly Hills/Grove, etc.

Manhattan Beach:


Each year in Dec. they close off the streets around the pier to traffic, and have Holiday Fireworks. Thousands walk over to be a part of this community event.


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