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Los Angeles


City Guide and Travel Tips

For a city of billionaires and dreamers, the city of angels is wonderfully down to earth and takes its stereotypes firmly on the chin. Whether you're a lover of the sunny surf culture or a shopaholic, Los Angeles pretty much has you covered.

Top things to do in LA

  • Hit the beach
    One of the greatest things about LA (aside from the glorious weather) is the awesome beaches. Hit the surf, boutiques, bars and broadwalk of Santa Monica beach, people watch and lay on the warm sand of Venice beach or if you're a lover of nature take a stroll through El Matador beach and watch the sunset just like you're in a Hollywood film.
  • Universal Studios
    A visit to Los Angeles and well California for that matter isn't complete until you experience the magic of Universal Studios. Go behind the scenes of some of Hollywood's most iconic films and take on some of the most thrilling theme park rides!
  • Shop 'till you drop
    Calling all fashion lovers! LA is the perfect location to go on a shopping spree like no other. There's something for everyone, from vintage markets to the legendary Rodeo Drive if you've got enough money to splash that cash.

Los Angeles neighbourhoods

There's so much more to the city of Angels than you'd expect. Home of the entertainment industry, this is a city of trendsetters and go-getters. Whatever your budget or travel style, this is a city filled with diverse neighbourhoods that are just waiting to be explored so we've picked our top places to visit below.
Santa Monica
Santa Monica
Did you know Santa Monica actually had eight of it's own mini neighbourhoods? This is the perfect location to enjoy the best local restaurants, bars and theatres or kick back and relax on some of California's most famous beaches. Lovers of art and surf vibes will enjoy Main Street whereas Downtown Santa Monica is the perfect place for shopping.
Long Beach
Long Beach
From coastal beaches to arts and culture, Long Beach is a relaxing way to explore Southern California in all its glory. Go on a Marine adventure with a visit to The Aquarium of the Pacific or visit the Museum of Latin American art before hitting the many local restaurants.
Downtown LA
Downtown Los Angeles
Most people might think of downtown Los Angeles as being a bit lacking in the activity department, but over the year's there's been plenty of things to see and do. Feast in Chinatown, Little Armenia or even Thai Town or pay a visit to the legendary Grammy museum and learn more about the history of recorded music and the award itself.
Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills
If you love the finer things in life, Beverly Hills is the place to go. Hop on a Starline Tour and celeb spot around some of Hollywood's most famous homes or wander through the iconic Rodeo Drive for the best in designer clothing.

Our favourite Los Angeles Hotels

Samesun Venice Beach Hostel
• Swim, party and live it up at this classic travellers' hostel
• Situated on Venice Beach Boardwalk with ocean views
• There's free WiFi and breakfast is included
From $75 pppn
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LA Freehand
Housed in the historic Commercial Exchange building, our hotel is truly one-of-a-kind, featuring suites, premium hotel rooms and shared accommodations with interiors designed by Roman & Williams. We’re taking it up a notch in LA, offering upgraded amenities including enhanced bedding, room service, convenient valet and attentive bellmen ready to give you a hand.
From $259pppn
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Banana Bungalow
Banana Bungalow
Located just off Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood, in other words an amazing location! This place is an ideal base for mixing and mingling. With communal kitchen, cinema room, courtyard and it even hosts regular comedy and DJ events.
3 nights from $175pppn
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Top tours and activities in LA

LA Hop on Hop off
LA Hop on Hop off
Jump aboard the double decker open-air bus and check out any of the 50 stops dotted around the city. From glorious Santa Monica to Downtown LA this tour hits all the right spots!
From $85
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Universal Studios Hollywood
Go behind the scenes of the world's largest working studio and join King Kong, Optimus Prime, The Minions and more. Learn about the secrets of film-making and go on some of the studios most thrilling rides!
From $195
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When is the best time to Visit Los Angeles?

LA's pretty much know for it's clear skies and sunny weather, so no matter when you travel you can almost always be sure to catch the sunshine. However, if you're looking for slightly cooler temperatures and more breathable air when walking around, the best time to visit is between March to May or September to November.