We are going on a cruise in September leaving from long beach. We are going into lax 2 days before the cruise and staying two days after the cruise. I am overwhelmed with how big LA is and can't decide what areas we should find a hotel in! We are renting and returning a car from the airport and taking a shuttle from LAX to the cruise port. Some of the places I want to visit in los Angeles are: Hollywood, santa Monica pier,Venice beach, Beverly hills and possibly go to universal studios. Thinking about staying at a hotel near the airport and just driving to the areas we want to visit but not sure if that's best. Any ideas or suggestions would be helpful. Any advice on this vacation would be appreciated!