Best of Downtown LA

downtown-los-angeles-limousine-service-city-skyline-2016From the Walt Disney Concert Hall, L.A. Live and Olvera Street, Downtown offers some of the best things to do in Southern California. Downtown is home to popular venues such as the Staples Center, Grammy Museum and Microsoft Theater, but it’s also home to the city’s Old Town, great galleries in the Arts District and the city’s Fashion District. Like most parts of the city, Downtown stretches over a huge area. Here you’ll find some of the most quintessential LA landmarks, attractions, shops, bars and activities. The region’s best galleries are located on Gallery Row or the Art Walk, stretching from 4th through 7th and Spring and Main streets. The Grammy Museum is a must to see and is located at L.A. Live, also home to an array of bars, eateries, a bowling alley and even a movie theater. Head to the Staples Center to see a Lakers, Kings or Sparks game, or Dodger Stadium for a Dodger game. Wanna head for SoCal’s most authentic Chinese cuisine? Check out Chinatown. Wanna see the city’s birthplace and go shopping in stands for souvenirs and other items? Olvera Street is a must see for anyone visiting the city by limo or car. Let us introduce some of the most popular LA limo Downtown destinations for our services.

olvera-street-la-limo-service-in-2016We have daily LAX sedan service calls for passengers leaving the airport with destination Downtown. Most often it’s for an event such as a concert at the Staples Center or a game at the Dodger Stadium, but also the occasional tourists heading to the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Olvera Street and the El Pueblo de Los Ángeles Historical Monument. Popular for local Angelenos and tourists alike is to stroll down Olvera Street, basically an open-air marketplace, and shop at the many street vendors and colorful stalls. In Old Town, El Pueblo de Los Ángeles, there is close to thirty historical buildings of interest. To get the most out of the city’s history, go on a guided sight seeing tour! On a tour or not, make sure to swing by the Avila Adobe, the city’s oldest structure. This is also where we find the region’s oldest Catholic church, La Iglesia de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Ángeles. Did you know the city was established in 1781 under the name El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula? Learn more about our city’s unique founding at the El Pueblo de Los Ángeles Historical Monument, which is also listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places as well as a U.S. Historic District. Too much history? Head to Santee Alley in the Fashion District for the best street vendors, bazaars and even knockoff items and unique souvenirs.

staples-center-in-downtown-seen-by-la-limo-in-2016More interested in museums? Some of the most visited museums in the region are in Downtown. We recently welcomed LAX sedan service callers at the airport that wanted to go straight to L.A. Live. Were they going there for a show? Our driver asked during the trip, and no, they had all just arrived in the city and wanted the most essential L.A. activity: renting LA limo vehicles and head to the famous Grammy Museum! Here you can see exhibits on everything from Michael Jackson’s wardrobe and Neil Diamond’s memorabilia and first instrument. Make sure to visit the Museum of Contemporary Art, or MOCA, with tons of more contemporary arts and gallery exhibits. Next door is the Geffen Contemporary which is also well worth checking out. The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) is the most visited museum in town and features dinosaur skeletons, local history and fauna. Interested in Japanese-American history? Head to the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo. Others include the Broad, FIDM Museum, the Los Angeles Theatre Center, and more. Take a stroll down the Broadway Theater District for the best arts. Downtown’s U.S. Bank Tower at 1018 feet isn’t just the highest building in the city, but the tallest building on the West Coast. For a unique day in L.A., consider going on a wine tour of town or other nearby vineyard areas, such as the Temecula Valley, Santa Ynez- or Temecula Valleys. We often transfer clients to Downtown’s San Antonio Winery for great wine-tasting in the city.

downtown-limousine-los-angeles-limo-la-2016With its many tall skyscrapers, Downtown offers some of the best views in the region. Some restaurants offering great views of Downtown are the Perch, L.A. Prime, and WP24 by Wolfgang Puck. While the Perch is situated on an actual skyscraper roof, WP24 and L.A. Prime are located high up inside skyscrapers with stunning window-views of the city. There are also tons of additional great Downtown eateries. Visit for example Engine Company No 28 for some great all-American cuisine, or head to Sushi Gen for some of the best sushi the city has to offer. Some of those on an L.A. wine tour like to swing by Church & State Bistro for some of the best French wine varietals. Other great places for dining are Blossom, Bottega Louie, the Curry House, Empress Pavilion, Fickle, and Pete’s Cafe & Bar. For the best Downtown nightlife, try out the great beers at the Bona Vista Lounge or 1642 Beer & Wine. Great cocktails can be tried at Bordello, the Broadway Bar, the Edison, Mayan, Villains Tavern, and the Rooftop Bar. For great whiskey, check out the Seven Grand for their specialty. For a bar specializing in rum, see the Cana Rum Bar with their more than a hundred varieties of rums. Bigger fan of cognac? Check out the Black Dahlia at the Gallery Bar and Cognac Room. Barhopping and beer crawls are popular for LA and Malibu party bus renters. For the best Downtown shopping, the Fig at 7th is a great mall and the Grand Central Market and Broadway is another great pick. Other places of shopping include the California Market Center, the American Apparel Factory Store, L.A. Flower Market, the MOCA store, as well as Santee Alley for best knockoff items.

There are many tourists and others calling for a Los Angeles limousine in order to go to one of the great hotels and resorts of Downtown. Some popular LA limo hotel destinations are the Figueroa Hotel, Hilton Checkers, Inn at 657, JW Marriott at L.A. Live, Marriott Downtown, O Hotel, and the Standard Downtown LA. The Rooftop Bar at the Standard is an attraction in itself, overlooking the city from the top of the skyscraper. There’s also a 24/7 eatery at the Standard. Scenic Downtown views are also from WP24 at the Ritz-Carlton. For the city’s largest hotel, check out the 5 towers of Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites. The JW Marriott at L .A. Live has arguably the best location, situated right next to the Nokia Theater and countless night clubs, pubs, eateries, theaters, shops and more. For the best of L.A. entertainment – you have Downtown and you have Hollywood. And maybe Studio City… And Universal City, Burbank and certain other places. But attending a Downtown entertainment venue is like no other. Whether it’s the Staples Center, Microsoft Theater or L.A. Live you wanna head to, remember to check online itineraries for when your idols will perform. While the entertainment venues are the most popular Downtown destinations, do not forget to check out the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the other signature buildings such as the Broad, City Hall, Bradbury Building, Convention Center, Mark Taper Forum, and more. Whether it is for tours of Downtown or a Malibu wine tour exploring the Malibu Canyons – we are proud to be the top rated provider of Los Angeles limousine services and have served the region for over twenty years with exclusive limousines. Call us 24/7 at (866)-319-LIMO in Los Angeles or wherever Southern California destination you may be.

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5 Reasons Long Beach Is California’s Coolest Place

As the second largest city in LA County, Long Beach is unfortunately often overlooked by too many traveling to the region. But there are many reasons why taking an LA limo to Long Beach is a good idea. With one of the largest ports in the world, and home to one of the world’s largest aquariums, Long Beach is a place full of life and ready to be explored. Exploring the city by a Los Angeles limousine service or party bus rental makes it even better. Located 22 miles south of Los Angeles in LA County, it is the second-largest city in the county and third-largest city in Southern California. With its half a million residents, it is the fifth most populated city in the State of California. Already from the early 1900’s, this city drew thousands of annual tourists to LAX who wanted to escape the cold weather and enjoy a vacation in a SoCal resort community. All the way up until the 1960’s, the city was known as the “Iowa by the Sea” for attracting large numbers of tourists from the American Midwest. And with more than eight miles of sandy beaches, the city still draws tourists until this day. It is located by the estuary of the LA River and by the San Pedro Bay, and limo clients visit the city of a variety of reasons. Wine tours are common in the region, and we often do limo pickups and drop offs at the harbor. Many tourists also decide to book their LAX transportation, e.g. an LAX sedan, from LAX to Long Beach.

Because of its close proximity to both the cruise docks and Disneyland, many stay here for a night or two waiting for their cruise to depart or while visiting Disneyland. Furthermore, the city is also visited for its replica of Titanic, the Queen Mary which has been in the bay since 1969. The city is home to one of America’s largest aquariums: the Aquarium of the Pacific. From checking out the eateries and souvenir shops in idyllic Shoreline Village, enjoying a good time at the Pike’s Laughing Factory, or exploring Naples Island’s gorgeous canals – here are our top five reasons why Long Beach may just be the coolest place in the Golden State.

6. Film tours

A recent trend in LA and Long Beach has been to book cinematic limousine tours of town. On these tours, you can ride with a Los Angeles limousine service to all your favorite film locales located in Long Beach. Few locals even know of all the great movie locations in Long Beach. Did you know Michelle’s home in American Pie (1999) is located at 3925 Cedar Ave? Jim’s (Patrick Swayze) home in Donnie Darko (2001) is located on 4252 Country Club Dr, while Long Beach Polytechnic High School is featured in American Beauty (1999). 3rd Street can be seen in the 2016 hit movie La La Land, while a lady falls and dies at the International Tower in Lethal Weapon (1987). St Mary’s Hospital appears in Heat (1995), while an airport sequence in Commando (1985) was filmed at Long Beach Airport. Despite LAX sedan services being more popular, we still have airport limo and sedan services oftentimes at Long Beach Airport. Long Beach City Hall is featured in Star Trek (2009), while the harbor appears in The Fast and the Furious (2001). El Dorado Regional Park can be seen in the 1982 film Grease 2. Why not book an LA limo and check out the famous movie locations by limousine? Larger groups can be accommodated by a Hummer limo bus or party bus vehicle. Long Beach is also the location of the Cowboy Country Bar (3321 South St) where Thelma and Louise hang out with Brad Pitt in the 1991 classic. For great movies with storylines set in Long Beach, check out Fire with Fire (2012)  which stars 50 Cent or Gone in 60 Seconds (1974). Both of these feature many sequences shot throughout Long Beach and often visited by LA limo services. Call us today to reserve your own customized movie tours by a Los Angeles limousine service.

A passenger at our Los Angeles limousine service recently told us about Queen Mary’s incredible cinematic history. Queen Mary has appeared in over a hundred television series and movies! While the cruise still was an operating cruise liner it appeared in the Frank Sinatra film Meet Danny Wilson (1952). Some movies with Queen Mary as its primary filming location include Death Cruise (1974), Intrepid (2000) and Adventures of the Queen (1975). While it is featured as Titanic in the 1995 drama No Greater Love and SOS Titanic (1979), it is featured as itself in Assault on a Queen (1966). Clientele at the Los Angeles limousine service have recognized the restaurant in the film Barton Fink (1991). The restaurant onboard Queen Mary is where Barton gets a call to leave. It is featured during crossings of the Atlantic in Dodsworth (1936), and it can be seen close to the end of the film Foreign Correspondent (1940). It is the location for where Taylor returns to America from Europe in the 1995 film The Elizabeth Taylor Story, while it’s a cruise used for a honeymoon in Treacherous Crossing (1992). Queen Mary is one of the most popular Long Beach limo and party bus destinations (see #1). Many tourists decide on staying at the Queen Mary while in town, and our LAX sedan service often transport clients from LAX to Queen Mary.

5. Naples Island

limos-in-Los-Angeles-limousineNaples Island, named after the Italian city, is famous for its many Italian-inspired canals, restaurants, and even street names. Getting a Los Angeles limousine service to Naples is particularly common for dating couples. Picturesque Naples and its quaint beach community and canals is a beloved excursions for LA limo and party bus passengers riding with us. This island is often explored by foot as the primary walkway which overlooks the harbor and marina, but can also be explored by a canal cruise. At Gondola Getaway you can rent an authentic Venetian gondola tour of the Rivo Alto Canal encircling the island. In traditional Italian style, the tours offer cheeses, bread, salami, and more. Instead of our Malibu-, Temecula- or Santa Barbara wine tours, enjoy a bottle of wine and enjoy the sunset from the Naples canals! The tours of the Rivo Alto Canal last for approximately 1 hour and cost $75 per couple. Reservations in advance are recommended. End the Long Beach date by visiting some of the great bars, nightclubs and eateries in the area! Bar hopping is common by party bus for groups of friends. For the best Italian, check out Ragazzi or Domenico’s. Kelly’s Restaurant and the Legends Bar are two additional options. You can reach Naples Island from both ends of 2nd Street. This 0.25 sq. mi. island is easily explored by foot. Christmas time is the most popular time of the year to visit by a Los Angeles limousine service. Make sure to experience Naples during Christmas time to see the decorated homes, boats, canals and bridges. The artificial island was created in the Alamitos Bay at the estuary of the San Gabriel River in the early 1900’s. Besides the popular canal cruises, visiting Mother’s Beach for picnicking or recreational activities is also a popular pick for LA limo travelers. Visiting Naples Plaza, La Bella Fontana di Napoli as well as Overlook Park are a must while visiting Naples. What could be more romantic than traveling Naples Island by a limo rented from a Los Angeles limousine service?

4. Shoreline Village

sedans-at-LAX-sedan-service-car-airport-providerWe have had customers as far as Malibu limousine clientele booking rides to Downtown Long Beach’ Shoreline Village. Head here with to family to enjoy the waterfront, more than thirty specialty stores, a nice lunch or maybe even a ride in the merry-go-round. Many go here to picnic in Shoreline Park and take a stroll along the boardwalk. The 1906 carousel is a must see, while many come here to also explore the many eateries, galleries, souvenir shops and bars. Some of our favorites here are the Yard House, which has more than 230 beers on tap to choose from, and the Tequila Jack’s offering over a hundred authentic Mexican tequila varietals. Ordering a party bus or limo for a beer crawl is popular. For great seafood along the seaside, check out Kings Fish House-Pine! We recently transferred European tourists here from LAX with the Los Angeles limousine service. For the best Greek cuisine and Greek salads, check out Ciro’s Greek Café on Shoreline Drive. Other favorites include Parker’s Lighthouse, offering maybe Long Beach’ best seafood, and the Mexican-inspired Mardi Gras. Whether to see the the boardwalk or go for a ride at the Pelican Pier Pavilion, rest assure that Shoreline Village has some of the best views of the Long Beach Harbor and city skylines. For accommodation in the area, see the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel just a short walk from Shoreline Village. This New England-inspired coastal community is one of the city’s main tourist attractions. Consequentially, we often take tourists here with our LAX sedan- and LA limo services. You can rent everything from bikes to sailboats. Head to the village’s Offshore Water Sports for some great boating. For a longer hike than the boardwalk, check out the Shoreline Pedestrian Path going from Shoreline Village along the seaside to Belmont Shore! To get to the trams from Shoreline Village, simply head up the staircase to the bridge over Shoreline Drive. Los Angeles limousine service customers must not forget to see the unique Tallship Californian while here!

3. The Pike

Another touristy Long Beach attraction, we’ve even had LAX sedan calls for people wanting to head to the Pike – the former amusement park zone of Long Beach. Originally known as The Walk of a Thousand Lights, this park opened in 1904 and has been home to an array of rollercoasters through the years. Whether by LAX sedan or LA limo, many rent luxury vehicles when visiting The Pike. Although this historic carnival is closed, the Pike still draws many tourists to visit the Rainbow Harbor, maybe most known for its many great restaurants and eateries. As recently as a few days ago we transferred clients with an LAX sedan from LAX airport to The Pike. Tourists riding with an LA limo can head to the Pike for some of the best souvenirs and specialty shops. How about taking the AquaBus to the Queen Mary? Departing from the Rainbow Harbor, the AquaBus tours are a great way to explore not only two of the city’s most famous landmarks, but also the great Pacific. You’ll find many waterfront attractions by the Pike at Rainbow Harbor. Here you can visit the many retail shops or go dine at the famous Bubba Gump Shrimp Co! This restaurant is tremendously popular for LA limo and also LAX sedan services for tourists visiting Long Beach. Other popular nearby eateries include L’Opera, 555 East, the Sky Room, and many more. Didn’t make it on the famous Malibu, Temecula or Santa Barbara wine tours? Check out Gladstone’s Long Beach for fantastic oceanside dining and a great wine selection. Instead of limo wine tours to wine country, you can enjoy a glass of wine while overlooking the ocean. How about staying the night in the Pike Center? Check out the Hyatt at the Pike! The Pike is a happening place in town and we often have party bus rentals heading here. Other great options for accommodation are the Hilton Long Beach Hotel, the Varden A Boutique Hotel, the Westin Long Beach, and the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel. For the best stand-up comedy the city has to offer, the Laugh Factory at the Pike is a fun place to spend the evening. Order a party bus or larger Hummer limo and bring your friends along for a comedy night! Bar hopping is also popular for larger groups traveling by our party bus and LA limo vehicles. Call us at (866) 319-LIMO to reserve your Los Angeles limousine service.

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2. Aquarium of the Pacific

Housing over 10,000 animals, the Aquarium of the Pacific is one of America’s largest aquariums and is visited by over 1.5 million people per year. Needless to say, it’s a tremendously popular destination for our Los Angeles limousine service and much visited by tourists vacationing in Southern California. It is part of the Rainbow Harbor and is showcasing nearly 600 species of ocean animals, particularly from the Pacific Ocean. It has welcomed over 13 million unique visitors since it was opened. Here you can explore the seventeen habitats and get to see the ocean wildlife of California, Hawaii, Guam, and elsewhere in the Pacific. The over 140,000 gallon tank of sharks and other predators is a must see. There are various exhibits on the different Pacific regions, for example one on Californian waters and one on the colder north with sea life from regions such as Alaska, Siberia and northern Canada. Lorikeet Forest is an aviary with an array of tropical birds from Australia and Oceania. There is also a 3D movie screening for families with children. The predator tank with more than 150 species of sharks is another favorite for kids. Wanna head to the seas on an ocean adventure? Try the 90-minute educational Ocean Experience-tour onboard the Conqueror! There are many additional tour options, including the Behind-the Scenes tours and the Animal Encounters Tour. It’s never been a more fun nor educational way to experience the life of the Pacific, from Japanese spider crabs to giant octopuses and leopard sharks. When you’re ready for a drink, head next door to the Mai Tai. Their Hawaiian-inspired signature cocktail for only $4 makes it a popular stop for party bus beer crawls. It is a non-profit aquarium with 300 employees and over 600 volunteers. It is located right across the waters from the Long Beach Convention Center, Shoreline Village, as well as Queen Mary. Being in the heart of the Long Beach tourist scene, we often get LAX sedan calls to transfer tourists to the nearby area.

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1. Queen Mary

The elegant vessel RMS Queen Mary is visited by more than a million people each year. It might also be the most popular LA limo destination in town. But why do people wanna see an old retired cruise ship? Well, it is one of its kind for once. Dating back to the early 1930’s, it is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and is a replica of Titanic. People come here to learn at the guided tours, stay overnight at the hotel, enjoy a nice meal or dinner. The glamorous ship has done over a thousand crossings of the Atlantic Ocean and was for many years the most luxurious vessel in the world. Finally being retired in the Long Beach Harbor in 1967, Queen Mary is the last remaining cruise ship of its time and an artistic gem. Stay overnight at the Hotel Queen Mary for $120 per night to enjoy the ship to the fullest. Many tourists using our LAX sedan and LA limo services spend the night at the supposedly haunted ship. There are many great places to enjoy a glass of wine or dinner while overlooking the Pacific. We recently transported a group of friends with a Malibu party bus all the way to Long Beach just to enjoy the great lobster and view of the ocean from the Chelsea, said to offer the city’s best seafood. The halibut at the Promenade Café is another great choice, while Sit Winston’s not only has the best ocean views, but said to have some of the best dishes in Long Beach. For nightly entertainment and a delicious cocktail, check out the Observation Bar. There are more than ten available tours, including the Ghosts and Legends Tour, Behind-the-Scenes Walk, Haunted Encountered Tour, and more. There’s also an exhibit on British Princess Diana and venturing out on deck is a must when visiting Queen Mary. Listening to the live jazz performances and hunting for ghosts (the ship is said to be haunted) are two popular attractions here for our LA and LAX sedan and limo customers. Another nearby favorite is the Soviet submarine Scorpion, which also offers educational tours. To combine the best of Long Beach, catch the convenient nearby water taxi over to the Aquarium of the Pacific. Traveling Long Beach by limo service is the best way to experience the city. Whether by a limo or LAX sedan, we can take you there!

Did you know Queen Mary Is One of America’s Most Haunted Places?

Like hiking in the great outdoors? Head to the 100+ acre El Dorado Nature Center! Looking for the best Long Beach beach? Visit Bluff Park! Searching for a place to stroll along the ocean? Long Beach Boardwalk might be your best bet. Wanna see some unique architecture? Why not take a Malibu party bus to the Walter Pyramid. Other less visited places of interest are the Museum of Latin American Art, Rancho Las Alamitos, Los Cerritos Ranch House, the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, Soviet B-427 Museum, the Walter Pyramid, Long Beach Museum of Art, Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Terminal Island, Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, Silverado Park, Point Vicente Lighthouse, the Scottish Rite Cathedral, and more.

So what makes Long Beach the best California city? 1) Stay a night at the historic Queen Mary, 2) Seeing sea creatures at one of America’s largest aquariums, 3) The great rollercoasters at the Pike, 4) Outstanding shopping in Shoreline Village, and lastly, 5) Exploring the canals on Naples Island. Whether for a Los Angeles limousine service to visit Queen Mary or for a party bus night out in the city, contact us for you LA limo transportation today! We also offer top rated Malibu- and Temecula wine tours, as well as LAX sedan service with price-match-guaranteed.

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Hidden Tropical Paradise Outside The L.A. Coast

buses-in-Los-Angeles-party-bus-rentalsJust 26 miles across the sea from L.A. is where you find a tropical island paradise just waiting to be discovered. If you’ve ever listened to “26 Miles” by the Four Peps you may know what island we’re talking about, the magnificent Catalina Island. A beloved resort island for many Angelenos and visitor alike, the town of Avalon and Catalina Island have everything you could possibly be looking for? Looking to spend the night on a beach resort on a Pacific Island? How about trying out the great scuba-diving while searching for the iconic orange Garibaldi? How does an inland safari trip sound, with possibilities of various wildlife sightings, including the island buffalo, bald eagles and if you’re lucky, even the threatened endemic Catalina Island Fox, which is found nowhere else on Earth. Besides all the great adventures where you get the opportunity to explore the island’s nature and wildlife, the town of Avalon is home to many top rated restaurants, bars, cafes, neighborhood stores, and more. A visit to Catalina is never complete without a bike rental to explore Avalon and surrounding areas by bike or even golf cart. From beaching, going on a submarine trip, helicopter fights, skydiving, shopping and much more, Catalina is definitely the California Channel Island that has it all. While many visit the island from cruise ships docking here on their way to Mexico, the island is easiest visited by one of the many ferries leaving from San Pedro, Long Beach, Dana Point, and elsewhere. Another trending activity has been to fly out to the island’s Airport-in-the-Sky from local airports such as the Camarillo Airport.

Great Dining & Drinking

sedans-LAX-sedan-service-SUVs-airportConsidering the island’s small population, Catalina is home to an array of great restaurants. Whether you are into seafood, Mexican, French or Italian food, there’s always an option in Avalon. For the L.A.- and Malibu limousine clientele looking for a romantic dining experience, we often recommend the Landing Bar and Grill, or Steve’s Steakhouse. The Spanish architecture and great Mexican food make the Landing Bar and Grill a great place to dine. This kind of secluded restaurant overlooks Avalon Bay and may be the island’s most romantic restaurant. Steve’s Steakhouse is located upstairs away from the promenade, but also overlooking the bay. Here you can try out the signature Catalina Swordfish, the Catalina Shrimp, or their awesome slowly cooked BBQ ribs. The stunning ocean views make for a romantic night at Steve’s Steakhouse. Looking for another Catalina special? Check out the Catalina Buffalo Burger at Eric’s on the Pier. Located on the Green Pier, Eric’s has been an LA and LAX sedan service favorite since the early 1920’s. Searching for great Avalon seafood? There are many good picks, but we would like to recommend either the Lobster Trap or Bluewater Avalon for seafood. Both restaurants have the catch of the day and great variety of seafood dishes. The patio at Bluewater Avalon overlooks the Avalon Harbor and the place is also known for their impressive cocktails and craft beer menu. Many head to the Lobster Trap for great lobster, draft beer, and live entertainment during weekends. Wanna dine by maybe the most gorgeous island beach? Descanso Beach Club is not just situated on its own beach, but has bigger menu offering everything from burgers, salads and seafood. Make sure to try the iconic Buffalo Milk for the island’s signature cocktail. For the finest island dining, head to the spectacular Catalina Country Club. Once a training clubhouse for the Chicago Cubs, this historic 1921 piece of art is a great pick for people looking for a nice meal or drink. Looking for a less expensive dining choice? The Casino Dock Cafe is cheap pick, but has beautiful views of Pacific and offers live music during summer months.

Didn’t make it on a Santa Barbara wine tour? Let’s head to CC Galagher on the Taste of Catalina Food Tours. More into a beer crawl with friends? Try out the locally brewed craft beers at the Catalina Island Brew House. Other bar picks include the Chi Chi Club, Catalina’s only nightclub, and the Hawaiian-style Luau Larry’s on the promenade. The oldest bar is the Marlin Club, a favorite amongst locals, as well as the J.L’s Locker Room. Looking to eat and have drinks at the same place? The Avalon Grille offers great burgers and beer. Another choice could be the Sandtrap, directly across the street from the Island Golf Course a little bit inland in Avalon. Here you can enjoy inexpensive but delicious Mexican cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere and best of all, the Sandtrap has a full bar. Alternatively, head to the Catalina Country Club for a late-night drink or try out the various cocktails at Bluewater Avalon or Descanso Beach Club.

Fun Excursions & Activities

View-of-Avalon-Santa-Catalina-Island-by-American-Luxury-Limousine-Los-Angeles-Limo-Service-as-of-2016Because of its many visitors and tourists, there are always an activity to sign up for on the island. Whether you are into seeing wildlife, exploring the island, going on a submarine ride, or signing up for a helicopter tour – the options are truly endless on Catalina. Does golfing in a gorgeous island canyon sound interesting? How about bodysurfing in the Pacific on your own secluded beach? Or how about finally trying out jet-skiing? The primary form for transportation on the island is golf carts with a limited number of cars allowed on the island itself. In other words, there are no Los Angeles party bus that can be called for a night of barhopping. But renting an electric bike, paddling bike for two or an iconic golf cart are definitely the best ways to explore the town of Avalon and beyond. Among the activities we often recommend are the Cape Canyon excursion, a four-wheel ride through Catalina’s outback wilderness areas, and the Undersea Tour in the Avalon Harbor to see the native underwater ocean life. The Zip Line Eco Tour, which takes you on a zip-line ride over Descanso Canyon and lands by Descanso Beach is also a popular activity. The night ride on the Flying Fish Boat Trip is a unique experience worth looking into. The Behind the Scenes Tour at the island’s signature Casino is a must see, and the tour also includes visits to the Catalina Island Museum where you can learn more about the island’s intriguing history.

Wanna try out scuba-diving? Check out the Sea Trek Undersea Adventure and Snuba. We’ve also transferred numerous LA limo renters who take their professional scuba diving courses on the other side of the island – in the community of Two Harbors, CA. While Two Harbors definitely is more remote than its much bigger counterpart to the east, Two Harbors has a natural feel to it and you’ll have a bigger chance observing unique wildlife and exploring the great outdoors. For dining in Two Harbors, look into the Harbor Reef Restaurant. For accommodation, check out the Banning House Lodge or one of the beach cottages for rent! There also various options for cabin rentals and various campground spots. While back in Avalon, remember to always obtain a complimentary explorer’s permit and up-to-date maps and information about local wildlife. Permits for hiking and biking in the outback are handed out at the Conservancy Office on Clarissa Avenue. After the permits are in place, venture out for an adventure in Catalina’s outback! Go snorkeling by the island’s greatest snorkeling spots – the Lover’s Cove Marine Oreserve or Casino Point Marine Park. Snorkeling gear can be bought at Catalina Divers Supply, rented at Catalina Snorkeling Adventures, or you can venture out on the ocean on a snorkeling trip with Joe’s Rent-a-Boat at the Green Pier. For snorkeling gear on the other side of the island, check out the West End Dive Center in Two Harbors, which also offers kayak rentals. We’ve had so many LA and Malibu limousine people riding with us telling us about their best experiences on the island. From date massages at the Avalon Massage Therapy to going on an adventure with the Safari Bus looking for animals. Some of the best dates are on our Santa Barbara and Malibu wine tours, so why not try out some unique wine-tasting on the island? Rusack Family’s Santa Catalina Island Vineyards isn’t just gorgeous, but their wine varietals are amazing. Catalina is packed with activities for the whole family. Start planning your island excursions today!

Unmatched Nature & Accommodation

winetasting-Malibu-winetour-Santa-Barbara-wine-tours-in-LAWith more than 88 percent of the island’s total area being administrated by the Catalina Island Conservancy, there are lots of nature to explore on Santa Catalina. Many renting LA limo transfers from us have told us about sighting the endemic Channel Island Fox, a species found nowhere else on the planet. Other animals include the Island buffalo, bald eagles, snakes, a variety of birds, and more. On the submarine tour you can explore the surrounding oceans and also get a glimpse of the iconic orange Garibaldi fish. Did you know there are over 140 species of fauna and flora here found nowhere else on Earth? Whether you rent a bike to explore the outback by yourself, or if you decide on a safari tour or maybe an inland Jeep ride, exploring Catalina’s nature is a must. We recently asked a few people calling to the LAX sedan service wanting a ride to the Catalina Express terminal in San Pedro: “Why straight from the airport? Any events coming up?”. The answer was: “No special events, just looking forward to some relaxing days of fishing and enjoying the weather!” A tour of the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden is a must-do activity while on Catalina.

While many travel to Catalina just for the day, staying overnight in one of the uniquely Avalon hotels are absolutely worth it, plus you’ll get to experience the island’s sunsets, nightly activities and events, as well as the gorgeous sunrise and early mornings. We have several recommendations for accommodation on the island. If you’d like to stay close to the ocean, look into Hotel Vista del Mar right by the beach. How about a romantic location by the pier? Check out the Hotel Villa Portofino. Prefer ocean-views? Hotel Vista Del Mar might be the hotel for you. Other great options include Aurora Hotel, Hermosa Hotel, Hotel Metropole and Hotel Avalon. Wanna stay in William Wrighley’s (former owner of the island) former vacation home with gorgeous views of Avalon? The Inn on Mt. Ada might just be the must beautiful hotel on the island. As an alternative to a Santa Barbara wine tour, go wine-tasting on some of the beautiful hotels with balcony views of Avalon sunsets and the Pacific Ocean. For inexpensive options of accommodation, see Hotel Catalina, Zane Grey or one of the many great campgrounds, e.g. the Hermit Gulch Campground.

Are you looking for a romantic island getaway to the Island of Romance with your significant other? Or are you looking for a fun excursion for the whole family? Or maybe a few days to the island with friends to explore the various bars and drinking venues? Catalina has it all. Not going to Catalina? Check out our exclusive Malibu wine tours or our beer crawl options in Hollywood. We have a vehicle to fit every need for transportation – whether you need a Los Angeles party bus for twenty friends, or you need a simple sedan for yourself to get to/from the airport. From sedans, SUV’s, stretch limousines, Hummer limos and party buses, we have Southern California’s largest selection of luxurious vehicles and also offer an exclusive price-match-guarantee for all our new and returning clients. For your transportation to Catalina Island, contact the ferry companies (Catalina Express or Catalina Flyer), or the Island Express Helicopter Service for a helicopter ride to the Airport-in-the-Sky.

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4 Most Visited Tourist-Attractions in SoCal

Los-Angeles-limousine-LA-limo-service-premier-transportation-2016As the top rated luxury transportation company in Southern California, we transport thousands of tourists on a yearly basis. With more than 14 million foreign visitors per year, the City of Angels has one of the world’s largest numbers of tourists. For us locals, it is easy to forget all the great landmarks and activities that signify the Greater L.A. Area. We have listened to all the tourists and visitors riding with our services. Here are our customer’s most popular tourist attractions in the city.

4. Sunset Strip

limousine-Hollywood-limo-service-Los-AngelesJust making up 1.7 miles of the Sunset Boulevard, the Sunset Strip with its flashing neon signs and billboards is one of the most popular LA limo destinations. Besides being the place with the highest density of rock clubs in America, Sunset is also famous for its many rock venues, shops, and nightclubs. Some of the most popular places to visit here include the Viper Room, Whisky a-Go-Go as well as the Rainbow Bar & Grill. The Viper Room is one of the most famous nightclubs in town, previously run by Johnny Depp and the location of River Phoenix’ death. Marilyn Monroe went on blind dates at the Rainbow Bar, a place where also Guns N’Roses regularly had concerts. Jimi Hendrix performed regularly at the Whisky a-Go-Go. Other popular places here include the Sunset Plaza, famous for its European stores and restaurant, as well as the Sunset Tower Hotel and the Standard Hollywood. Famous for its gigantic billboards, it’s not seldom tourists book LAX airport sedan just to head to the Sunset Strip to see the billboards. Come to the Sunset Strip to people watch, head out to the bars, or party all night long. The House of Blues, the Comedy Store and the Roxy are additional key attractions on the Sunset Strip.

3. Hollywood

hollywood-party-bus-and-sedanOf tourists utilizing our Los Angeles limo service, Hollywood is an incredibly popular destination for various reasons. Besides famous landmarks such as the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Sign, Hollywood is also the largest hub for popular culture in the world with film studios and numerous musical performances through the year. Hollywood is also home to some of the greatest nightlife in the city, and many visit the area with limos to skip the hassle of finding a designated driver, deal with traffic, and struggle with finding parking. Having a chauffeured luxury vehicle at hand makes it also significantly easier to go club- or bar hopping to various places throughout the city. Why stay confined to one area, when some of the most happening places are spread throughout the city. Many also decide to order buses to go out on town, for instance locals ordering a Calabasas party bus to head partying in Hollywood is a common thing. What’s better than drinking and dancing in a bus on your way to the clubs!?

Many have called our representatives and asked about opening times for clubs in L.A. and complain about the nightlife ending early. It is a common misbelief that the nightlife ends at either 2 am or 4 am. That is not true. Avalon Hollywood closes for instance at 5 am on Fridays and not till 8 am on Saturdays, while Downtown’s Exchange L.A. closes at 6 am on Saturdays. And with limousines or party buses of your choice, the party in Hollywood ends when you want it to.

2. Santa Monica

Third Street Promenade and the Santa Monica Beach and Pier are some of the most iconic L.A. landmarks and attractions. Many come to the Third Street Promenade to experience some of the city’s best shopping. Other Santa Monica attractions include the Pier Aquarium, Muscle Beach, Museum of Flying, the Santa Monica Looff Hippodrome and many more. At the Third Street Promenade is for example where you’ll find one of the regions most popular shopping malls: the Santa Monica Place just a few blocks from the beach. After shopping at the promenade, head down 3rd Street Promenade until you reach the Santa Monica Beach. This is where you’ll find the famous pier and its amusement park, the Pacific Park. Along the seaside are numerous shops, restaurants, cafes, and more. Just the other day we serviced clients with a Calabasas party bus to head from Calabasas to the Santa Monica Beach in style. After partying their way down, without the worry of traffic and parking, they arrived in Santa Monica and biked to nearby Venice Beach to enjoy locally crafted beer at one of the many beachside restaurants. Prefer wine tasting? Book an L.A.- or Malibu wine tour to experience the best of Southern California wines.

1. Universal Studios & Disneyland

Universal-Studios-limo-in-Los-AngelesDisneyland in Anaheim is the 7th most visited tourist attraction in the United States and one of the most visited places by our limousines. We even often have customers booking our LAX airport sedan services to head directly to Disneyland from the airports! With more than 16.1 million visitors per year, Disneyland is California’s most visited attraction and a must for anyone visiting Southern California. Yet another hugely popular amusement park visited by our Los Angeles limo service is Universal Studios and adjacent Universal CityWalk. Here people come to learn about movie filming at the Universal studio tours, enjoy the cool rides, or stroll along the Universal CityWalk next-door to explore the great shopping and restaurants found along this famous street. Want something faster-going? Six Flags Magic Mountain is a 260-acre amusement park with the highest numbers of rollercoasters in the United States. Rides such as Viper and Goliath are some of the fastest rollercoasters in the world. Go for one of America’s quickest roller coasters, followed up by a beer and dinner at one of the park’s many restaurants and cafes. Prefer something for the smaller kids? The younger crowd usually fall in love with Knott’s Berry Farm, a smaller and less crowded amusement park. Many LA limo clients also head south to Orange County and visit North America’s biggest indoor water park, the Great Wolf Lodge in Garden Grove. Other popular amusement parks for grownups and kids alike include Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, the Legoland California Resort in Carlsbad, SeaWorld San Diego, Santa Monica’s Pacific Park, Knott’s Soak City in Buena Park, Adventure Park in Anaheim, Balboa Fun Zone in Newport Beach, and many, many more. Many of the smaller parks are less crowded with less lines and oftentimes more affordable.

What is your favorite L.A. landmark? Iconic L.A. landmarks that didn’t make our list include Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive, the Getty Museum, L. A. County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Griffith Park and Griffith Observatory, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Exposition Park, Olvera Street, Venice, Staples Center, Madame Tussauds Hollywood, the Hollywood Bowl, the Grammy Museum and many, many more attractions and landmarks found throughout the larger L.A. Area.