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Santa Monica or Malibu???

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Santa Monica or Malibu???


My wife and i will be travel for vacation to Los Angeles on december for christmas. We stay in Anaheim area 6 days because my family and I go to disneyland but we want to stay 2 more days to relax and have a romantic vacations but i dont know where we can stay to indulge and relax. We are thinking maybe the beach is the option because we come from cold Minnesota so i hope somebody can help us with comments. Thanks

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Santa Monica...
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1. Re: Santa Monica or Malibu???

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Los Angeles...
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2. Re: Santa Monica or Malibu???

Depending on your budget, there are great places to stay in Santa Monica both in the beach and a short walk to the beach. You can also walk to great restaurants and other entertainment. Malibu is gorgeous too with great beachside hotels but limited walking potential other than walks across PCH and on the beach. But if you want to get a feel of both do one night at each spot. Budget will be helpful. Expensive is required for beach side hotels in either spot.

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4. Re: Santa Monica or Malibu???

I think there are only 1 or 2 hotels in all of Malibu and they are both very expensive.

Between the two I would choose Santa Monica due to the amount of restaurants, hotels, nightspots, and other amenities.

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5. Re: Santa Monica or Malibu???

If into nightlife, shopping, good restaurants, then Santa Monica is where to stay.

If into fishing, more outdoors activities (hiking, etc.) then Malibu.

In terms of beaches by Disneyland, beaches by Disneyland are Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach area. So that area is actually closer to see or stay at.

I am assuming you are flying into LAX and thuus choosing a Westside Beach area versus a beach closer to John Wayne Airport in Orange County.

Have a good trip.

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