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Santa Barbara, Newport Beach or Palm Springs

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Santa Barbara, Newport Beach or Palm Springs

My husband and I will be traveling to LA in mid June to visit family. We would like to take a side trip as well. We enjoy nice hotels and fun nightlife. We don't mind driving to attractions during the day but it would be nice to stay within walking distance of the evening activites. Of the three; Santa Barbara, Newport Beach, Palm Springs which would best?


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1. Re: Santa Barbara, Newport Beach or Palm Springs

I answered your post about the weather in PS, but if you are looking for nightlife in the summer, Im not sure you'd find it in PS except at the Casinos..and that isnt something Id recommend anyway.

One of the beach cities would have what you're looking for. Newport, Malibu or Laguna, even Huntington Beach.

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2. Re: Santa Barbara, Newport Beach or Palm Springs

Santa Monica is pretty lively with a Big Wheel on the pier and you can walk to the shopping/restaurant area.

I like both Newport Beach and Santa Barbara - maybe the latter is a bit quieter - because they are near the sea.

We stayed near the beach at a motel in the South Of Santa Barbara, went to a fabulous play at the community theater and ate at nice restaurants downtown - but we needed a car to get between them. You could stay close to downtown but it might cost a bit more. I think it would seem more of a break than Newport Beach as you would actually go beyond the suburbs of LA - so you would feel some distance away from the LA scene.

Palm Springs has always struck me as more artificial - many people like it because of the dry air and cable car up into the mountains and golf and nice hotels and restaurants. Maybe when I'm old...

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