Los Angeles limo services can be used for so much. Our latest excursion included a pretty unique drop-off in LA County. Here we discovered the most tropical island-site perhaps in all of California. They were namely headed to the City of Two Harbors, California! Sounds unfamiliar? The tiny community of just 150 full-time residents is situated on the western side of Santa Catalina Island. Here you will not only discover serene natural beauty, but a relaxing island atmosphere. No wonder this town has dubbed for Polynesian islands in various movies. While it dubs for Tahiti in the film Mutiny on the Bounty, it was featured as American Samoa in films such as Sadie Thompson and Rain. Our limo clients were kind enough to shoot us some images, and we set out to do more research on why more and more of our limousines head for Catalina drop-offs.
Reached by ferry from San Pedro at the Angeles Port, it can also be reached by tours or buses from Avalon, the primary city on Catalina. Our customers headed from Los Feliz to San Pedro, and departed with Catalina Express directly to Two Harbors. While similar to Avalon in many respects, Two Harbors is definitely a hidden gem of the Channel Islands. With just one hotel, and two houses for rent, lodging is limited in the village. This also limits the amount of vacationers, which makes it an ideal place for a quiet getaway. On most days you can have the beach mostly for yourself. And drinks and food are also served by the beach.
Our wonderful Los Angeles limousine passengers told us about the origin of the name. The village in located in an isthmus, which means there are two beaches on both sides of the island, hence the name Two Harbors. The limo service customers told us Banning House was the best place in town for an overlook. While ferries arrive and depart from the Isthmus Cove, a short hike separates it from Catalina Harbor. Two Harbors has one store, one hotel, one bar, one restaurant and one school. There is also a diving center, campground and opportunities for safari tours. Limousine clients on Catalina safaris have shown us photos of animals such as eagles, foxes and deer. Who knew the endemic Island Fox species is only found on one island in Los Angeles County?
The renters of Los Angeles limos sometimes go for the 30-minute safari tour ride to Little Harbor, a beach and campsite located on Catalina’s windward side. This particular site is usually infested with buffalos, and our limousine riders took a few too-close-for-comfort photos of the bison. We have also transported vacationers with limos to Two Harbors for camping in the outback. It is the nearest community to campsites such as Parsons Landing, which offers its own beach on the island’s extreme west-side. We have also transferred yacht-renters with Los Angeles party bus services. There are a variety of great boat- and yacht landings throughout the island, maybe particularly the coves surrounding Two Harbors.
Besides being the world center for the entertainment industry, Hollywood is also home to many of the most visited L.A. landmarks and attractions. People come here to attend the audience at their favorite TV-shows, stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame, venturing up Mount Hollywood to take photos of the famous sign, – or just to take a walk in Griffith Park. Here you’ll find everything from the region’s coolest dance clubs, best restaurants and bars, as well as awesome museums and landmarks. This is also where you will find the best studios the region is so very famous for, and you might just spot a celebrity or two if you know where to look. Hollywood Magic Mountain is home to some of America’s largest – and fastest – rollercoasters, while the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Sunset Strip are two landmarks everyone needs to experience. For some of the biggest name in the entertainment industry, check out the schedule of upcoming events at the Hollywood Bowl! Other places of great L.A. entertainment are also located here, including but not limited to the Dolby Theatre, TCL Chinese Theatre, and the Pantages Theatre. Whether do dance away the night or explore the iconic L.A. landmarks, Hollywood is one of the best places to experience the essence of Los Angeles! And how could Hollywood possibly be experienced better than with a party bus or limo down Sunset Strip?!
Hollywood Landmarks & Attractions
Hollywood might be home to the more L.A. landmarks, attractions and activities than any other community. Here you can get a photo of the world-famous Hollywood Sign on Mount Lee or visit the world’s most famous sidewalk at Hollywood Walk of Fame. The street is stretching along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street, and has over 2300 stars dedicated to famous stars in the entertainment industry. Check out the stars of your favorites, whether it’s the Beatles at #7051 or maybe Elvis by #6777. The hypermodern Graumans Chinese Theater is a hypermodern and fashionable movie theater on Hollywood Boulevard, dating to the late 1920’s. Also on the Hollywood Boulevard is the Hollywood Wax Museum, where you can see realistic copies of people such as Marilyn Monroe, Freddy Kreuger, Michael Jackson and many more. Along Sunset Boulevard are some of the city’s most famous places. For example the Hyatt West Hollywood Hotel, where Led Zeppelin drove down the staircase, or Whiskey a Go Go where people such as the Doors, Janis Joplin and Led Zeppelin have entertained. Johnny Depp’s nightclub, the Viper, is also located here and is the place where actress River Phoenix died. Motorhead’s Lemmy loves hanging out at the Rainbow Bar & Grill. Another place you must go when visiting Southern California is the Universal Studios Hollywood, where so many Los Angeles limousine clients head to. Here are rides based on popular movies such as Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, Terminator 2, Spider Man, and more. Go on the behind-the-scenes tour and see the film sets for productions such as Jaws, Desperate Housewives and American Psycho. For the best entertainment, many order a LA limo to make the most out of their visit to concerts at the Hollywood Bowl, Dolby Theatre, Pantages Theatre, or other great entertainment venues.
Best Dining & Shopping
Come enjoy some of SoCal’s most famous – and tastiest – restaurants! Head for Texan beers and Karaoke Wednesday at Big Wangs, or try out some great vegetarian hamburgers at Astro Burger. Try Ammo for some great Californian cuisine, and the California Chicken Cafe is said to have the city’s best chicken. For great Thai cuisine check out Chan Dara. For the best French meal visit Delphine on Hollywood Boulevard. The best seafood is found at the Hungry Cat, while the Geisha House has great sushi variants. Great Chinese cuisine can be discovered at Le Oriental Bistro, and Italian food are best served at the famous Miceli’s. Looking for a romantic eatery? Go to Off Vine or Yamashiro. Xiomara on Melrose Avenue is known for their great Cuban dishes. Looking for a Hollywood restaurant with a view? Check out the Skybar at Mondrian or the Soho House West Hollywood on Sunset. Those that happen to like hot dogs will love the nearly twenty different hot dogs served at Pink’s Hot Dogs, and many times people will have the party stop to stop by Roscoes House of Chicken ’n W Waffles for a late-night meal. You may have your best chance of sighting a celebrity at the Musso & Frank Grill, a favorite amongst celebrity LA limo clients for decades. There are several great places for wine-tasting, for instance at the V Wine Room in West Hollywood or Vinoteque On Melrose. There are also Santa Barbara- and Malibu wine tour options leaving from the Hollywood area. For shopping, take a stroll along the Walk of Fame by Grauman’s Chinese Theater for many smaller unique souvenir stores. For the more complete shopping experience, head to the Hollywood & Highland Shopping Center! With nearly eighty stores this shopping mall offers everything from a bowling hall, American Eagle, Forever 21, the GAP, movie theaters, nightclubs and more, making it a tremendously popular Los Angeles limousine spot for shoppers.
Hotels & Accommodation
The most happening place for tourists to stay is understandably in the Hollywood area, more precisely on or nearby Sunset Strip. We get daily calls for LAX sedan service from the airport to the many hotels and resorts of Hollywood. Among the nicest – and most expensive – lodging options here are the Redbury, home to the Cleo Restaurant, and Renaissance Hollywood, where you can stay in the heart of Hollywood at the Hollywood & Highland. Also within walking distance of most of the fun is the Roosevelt Hotel, a 1929 U.S. national landmark. For a less expensive hotel, the Best Western Plus Hollywood Hills Hotel is a good choice. So is the Magic Castle Hotel, few blocks from some of the city’s most famous landmarks and attractions. Other popular picks for hotel include Chateau Marmont and Days Inn Hollywood. Whether to check out Hollywood, go on a Malibu wine tour or simply a transfer from LAX, rely on us for the transportation!
From secluded sandy coves to some of the widest beaches in the country, Southern California and the Greater LA region boast some of the greatest beaches in the world. Whether you are looking to spend a day beaching with friends and family, or whether you’re just looking for a place to chill and work on the tan, you are guaranteed to find a beach in Southern California to keep you satisfied. Especially when your day of beaching is combined with a limo! From surfers to scuba-divers, sun-tanning to picnicking – whatever reason for visiting the beach you may have, a suiting beach is never far away. From Downtown business clients to LAX sedan clientele – we have offered LA limo service rides to the beaches for over twenty years. We also offer the best rated wine tours in Malibu. What could be better than combining wine-tastings with a view of the ocean?
As our LA limo service is often asked about recommendations for the best beaches in the area, we’ve decided to list our top bets for spending a day at the beach. While some beaches are shallow and calmer than others, ideal for snorkeling or brining the kids along, other areas are more famous for its waves and great surf. In this article, our Los Angeles limousine and party bus services will also highlight some famous beaches featured in movies. Cinematic tours by limousine has become increasingly popular in recent times, and particularly LA tourists love seeing where their favorite films were made. Remember to research your destination to see if the beach fits your expectations. If you’re searching for a quiet beach for dining or whether you’re looking for a spot to play some volleyball, SoCal has what you’re looking for, but you may not be able to find it all on the same stretch of sand! Hang on as we introduce some of our clients top picks for beaches in Southern California!
4. El Matador State Beach
Situated in the Golden Coast’s beloved Malibu, this beach isn’t only popular amongst local Malibu party bus clients but it a trending destination for many beach-goers throughout Southern California. Occupying eighteen acres of native nature and beach, El Matador is famous for its secluded character and natural beauty. Only available from a stairway and trail leading down the cliffside, this narrow 1/4 mile stretch of beach offers everything you need for a relaxed day at the beach. Besides being the largest of the Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beaches (larger than nearby La Piedra and El Pescador), El Matador is famous for its iconic rock formations and volcanic limpets overlooking the Pacific Ocean. El Matador is an ideal place for picnicking and sunbathing, being miles away from the busy PCH, but offers no restaurants or areas for sports. With gorgeous views of the Channel Islands and numerous ocean rock formations, the beach is also popular for scuba diving. Situated nearby vineyards visited on Malibu- and Santa Barbara wine tours, it is also a relatively popular place to combine with tasting tours in the region, maybe particularly the Rosenthal Bar & Patio which overlooks the ocean and offers some great wines for tastings in the nearby area. Book your LA limo service for wine tours by the ocean today! Larger groups can be accommodated in larger vehicles, such as a party bus, while smaller groups often rent a SUV, sedan or limo.
3. Leo Carrillo State Park
Being one of Southern California’s greatest surfing spots, this beach draws many surfers from surrounding areas and is a gorgeous scenic beach. The beach is complimented with numerous tunnels, caves, tide-pools and beautiful rock formations. The park is home to more than thirty beach campsites, over 100 campsites in the park area, and many picnic sites spread throughout. Many Los Angeles limousine and LA party bus customers love the many hiking trails here covering beautiful native Californian nature. Leo Carrillo consists of a more than 1,600 acres park area and is famous for not only its surf, but also great swimming. Leo Carrillo, named for actor Leo Carrillo in the 50’s, has been featured in many movies and TV-series, including Blanket, the Attack of the Crab Monsters, In Old Caliente, Gun Battle In Monterrey, Apache Rose, and so many more. With its close proximity to the great vineyards of the Malibu Canyons and its great wineries, many combine beach-picnicking here with wine tours on a Canyons- or on a Santa Barbara wine tour. Besides tours of the wine country, we offer party bus rentals, special events transportation, classic Los Angeles limousine rides, LAX sedan transfers and more.
2. Huntington Beach
With more than eight miles of beach and one of California’s longest piers, it is no wonder this beach has been rated amongst the “best beaches in Southern California” by numerous media outlets, including the number one SoCal beach by USA Today. Here you have several dining options, including Duke’s as well as the Savannah Supper Club, both located nearby the pier. These two are amongst our most popular Los Angeles limousine destinations in Huntington Beach. Duke’s is named after Duke Kahanamoku of Hawaii and has a Hawaii-style look and feel to it. Located in the city of the same name, often referred to as Surf City USA, the beach and city have become popular resort destinations in SoCal. Conveniently located near great luxury restaurants, hotels and stores, the beach stretches for about three miles and is a place our LA limo service clientele absolutely loves. Offering everything from camping (Huntington by the Sea RV Resort), surfing (the Cliffs or Huntington Mesa), picnicking, swimming, sunbathing, as well as recreational activities including volleyball, jogging and more. Not too far from Disneyland, we often transport customers to this beach. It isn’t rarely tourists using our LAX sedan vehicles for rides to this beach directly from LAX and other regional airports!
1. 1,000 Steps Beach
Although difficult to serve for our limousines with minimal parking opportunities, we have nominated Orange County’s Thousand Steps Beach as the number one beach to check out in SoCal. Repeatedly winning in various polls for best beaches in Southern California, 1,000 Steps Beach offers the ultimate beach experience. Located by South Laguna Beach in Orange County, it is reachable by a rather long stairway leading down from the Pacific Coastal Highway. In a addition to the most pristine stretch of white sand in SoCal, this beach also offers volleyball courts, public restrooms, tide-pools, sea-caves, as well as some gorgeous sceneries. Occupying just 400 acres, the beach is smaller than most Southern California beaches, but is also less visited and less crowded.
Still haven’t found the perfect beach? Check out the white sand of Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point, or venture 26-miles to Santa Catalina Island’s Descanso Beach. We’ve also had Los Angeles limousine customers booking limos to visit the great beaches of the other Channel Islands, maybe particularly Santa Cruz Island, which is absolutely an island and National Park worth experiencing! Others include San Diego’s La Jolla Cove as well as Corondo. Often overlooked because of its close proximity to LA, Hermosa Beach has become a hugely popular beach for Los Angeles limousine and transportation services. We have recently even transferred tourists directly from LAX with an LAX sedan to Hermosa Beach for a day of beaching.
Beaches Featured in Movies
With its relatively close proximity to the Hollywood studios, Southern California beaches have been featured in a variety of films and television series. Recently we have gotten an increased interest in our cinematic tours by LA limo service. These are one of our favorite limo- and party bus tours. On these adventures you can travel to all your favorite film locales. Many movie-filming scenes have happened at California beaches. Malibu’s El Pescador State Beach can for instance be seen in Respire (2016), Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) features a segment from Malibu Lagoon State Beach. Movies featuring El Matador State Beach include Spellbinder (1988), Black Violent (2017) and Caruso (2016). Most episodes of Baywatch features scenes from Will Rogers State Beach. Point Dume Beach can be seen in Night Train to Mundo Fine (1966) and The Bold and the Beautiful (1994).
A longer beach scene in Barton Fink (1991) takes place at Zuma Beach, while there’s an oceanfront Malibu hotel featured in The Blue Dahlia (1946). The Vineyard residence in American History X (1998) is situated on Venice Beach, while the Riggs beach camper in Lethal Weapon (1987) was filmed at Santa Monica Beach. There are running scenes filmed at Santa Monica Beach in Rocky III (1982), while there’s a suspicious car found here in Beverly Hills Cop III (1994). Samantha and Theodore go to Manhattan Beach in the 2013 film Her, while other movies with shots from this beach include The Avengers (2012), The O.C. (2003-2007) and Avatar 2 (2018). Sebastian dances on the Hermosa Beach Pier in La La Land (2016). So whether for cinematic limo tours or wine tours by the Pacific, we can take you there! There are so many movies being filmed here that we’ve grown used to transporting movie stars here by LA limo service and LAX sedan town cars.
For whatever reason and destination you’re looking for an LA limo service, American Luxury Limousine LA will not disappoint. Having served this place for over twenty years with our luxury party bus, limousine- and LAX sedan services, we have become not only one of the largest but also top rated transportation companies in Ventura-, Santa Barbara-, and Los Angeles Counties. Our wine tours to regions such as the Malibu Canyon, Santa Ynez Valley and Temecula are also top rated of its kind. We are proud to offer a price match guarantee to all clients. Check us out on Yelp and the other review sites!