The city of Los Angeles is popular for many reasons. It is famous for its glamorous movie industry, gorgeous beaches, and theme parks. It also has beautiful mountains and spectacular ocean views. Here are 5 things you need to know before you go to Los Angeles:
- The Weather
LA has a Mediterranean climate, which means that it experiences dry summers and rainy winters. Basically, it is wet in January and February and dry the rest of the year.
The months of June-August are the hottest and temperatures reach a high of 30 degrees celsius. From September to November it gets cooler with temperatures of between 17-23 degrees celsius. Between December and February, the temperatures can go down to 15 degrees celsius.
Since Los Angeles lies next to the ocean, evening temperatures are usually pleasant. This is due to the fact that the ocean retains heat during the day. In the evenings, the warmth is blown over the city.
- The Distances
Los Angeles is a big city that is spread out, therefore it’s important to consult a map before settling on an itinerary. Dividing the city into sections will ensure that you do not spend too much time sitting in the traffic trying to get from one end to another.
For example, it may not be possible to visit Disneyland and Malibu on the same day as they are 77 miles apart and with traffic, it may take you 3 hours of travel.
Hence when you divide the city into sections, you will have the west comprising Venice, Santa Monica, and Malibu. Downtown, Silver Lake, and Koreatown are found in the East, and Hollywood and Beverly Hills areas are in the middle.
Due to the size of Los Angeles, this is an important consideration. A good option is to hire a car as it will give you flexibility. Buses tend to be slow, hence they are not recommended.
The metro is an option, however, you need to check whether there is a metro stop where you are headed. If you download the ride-sharing apps you will find that it is a reasonably priced option to get around.
Los Angeles has stunning beaches you will want to explore such as:
Malibu – If you are in search of secluded beaches with intimate coves, Malibu is the place to go. You can also drive along the Pacific Coast and visit Zuma beach which is great for surfing.
Santa Monica and Venice
Santa Monica is considered one of the best beaches in Los Angeles because of its wide, soft sandy beaches, amusement pier, and excellent restaurants. This area also has skate parks, and outdoor gyms.
Redondo Beach A family beach destination, the beach has a large marina and a municipal pier with numerous restaurants.
5. The Food
In 2018, LA legalized street food, hence there are myriad food experiences waiting to be explored such as ‘Dollar Hits’ at the heart of LA’s Historic Filipinotown. The concept is to take a plate and fill it with par-grilled skewers that cost a dollar each.
You can choose from a wide variety of meat, such as pork ears, chicken liver, fried quail eggs, and many others. Thereafter, you place your skewers on a charcoal grill until they are cooked.
Los Angeles is one of those special cities in the world that you should visit at least once in your lifetime. The cultures represented, the diversity, cuisines, and weather, just to mention a few attractions make it all worthwhile.…