Why holiday in LA?
If you’re looking for something a little more special for your next getaway, then why not soak up the Mediterranean climate whilst also immersing yourself in some Hollywood glamour? With glittering A-list attractions, thrilling theme parks and an endless golden coastline, whether you plan to travel with the kids or simply a backpack, LA has something to welcome every holidaymaker.
If you’re looking for a family day out then we recommend Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach with its faux beach and enclosed, shallow waters perfect for little paddlers, as well as waterslides, fountain features and a diner for grabbing a bite to eat after all of the splashing around. Travelling with young children in tow? Give Marina Beach a try, appropriately nicknamed ‘Mother’s Beach’ after becoming popular with LA mums. Boasting a peaceful 12-acre lagoon, a playground and sheltered picnic tables, this is a great place to keep the little ones occupied whilst making the most of the glorious LA sunshine.
Got a different family member in mind to bring along on your trip? Rosie’s Beach located along Ocean Boulevard has a dedicated ‘dog zone’ at certain times of day, where you’ll find dogs of all sizes and breeds playing in the water and basking in the sea breeze, so whether you’ve got a furry guest in mind or you’re simply a dog-lover, this beach is sure to put a smile on your face.
If this all sounds a little too busy for you, then don’t worry – there are some great lesser-known coves in LA where you can set up camp for the day. Abalone Cove Shoreline Park is a hidden treasure, home to two beaches – Abalone Cove and Sacred Cove. The park offers a scenic trail with tidepools and a rustic shoreline – perfect for a quieter beach day!
What to eat and drink
It doesn’t always have to be about those rich, calorific plates though (although we love them). There are plenty of spots to grab a quick bite or something to drink during your explorations. Cupcake shops and bakeries fill street corners with sugary-sweet aromas, whilst the array of coffee shops proves convenient, so you can stay fuelled for your trip. You can grab and go or find a cosy caffeine spot to unwind away from the hustle and bustle with a warm pastry treat. You might recognise familiar menu items like espressos and flat whites, but some of the more modern blends that have crept onto menus include matcha lattes with turmeric - don’t knock it ‘til you try it!
Visiting Los Angeles
An obvious choice would be to explore the sights of Hollywood. Griffith Observatory is a must for some of the best views in town of the oh-so iconic Hollywood sign. There’s also a planetarium where you can catch a show, whilst eager explorers might prefer to head to Griffith Park for a hike. There are trails for a range of abilities; some are even dog-friendly and suitable for families with push-chairs, so don’t be put off if you don’t have extensive hiking experience! Of course, LA is also a great place to do some star-spotting - and no, we don’t mean in the sky. Take a stroll down the famous Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame to spot the names of your favourite stars on the pavement, or head to the luxurious Rodeo Drive for high-end stores where you might just bump into some familiar faces. Don’t worry if you don’t though - you can always head to Madame Tussauds to make sure that you definitely get some celebrity snaps to remember your trip by!
With glitz and glamour comes gorgeous shopping malls with everything from familiar brands to bakeries and luxury fashion boutiques. If you’re seeking gifts for loved ones or simply fancy a treat for yourself, then be sure to hit up one of the popular malls so that you can shop ‘til you drop.
Need something to keep the kids entertained? Lazy beach days go without saying, but one of the most popular family attractions in LA is of course Disneyland. Little kids and big kids alike will have a field day exploring thrilling rides, beautiful walkways, the iconic Disney castle and even meeting their favourite characters. Film-lovers on the other hand might prefer to take a detour to Hollywood’s Universal Studios - home to more themed rides, 3D experiences and behind-the-scenes insights. It’s a true crowd-pleaser!
Important information for visiting
The local time in LA is 8 hours behind the UK which means that when you land you’ll have even more time to explore this glamorous city.
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