Gruesome Secrets of Simi Valley Cults

sects-in-simi-valley-limo-in-los-angeles-ca-2016-limousineSimi Valley limousine clients and residents are often unaware of Simi’s disturbing and terrifying cult history. Let us refresh your memory and present to you some of Simi Valley’s most seclusive and dangerous sects through time. From the rather large Pisgah Grande sect to the smaller Manson followers, many don’t realize the extensive cult history found in and around Simi Valley. Did you for example now that the Pisgah Grande sect operated a hidden colony in the Las Llajas Canyon or years? At one point, the cult had more than fifty houses and over 300 members living in the secluded canyon in northern Simi. In more recent history, followers of Charles Manson resided in areas surrounding the Santa Susana’s in eastern Simi, and many locals will know the histories from the famous Manson Cave in Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park as well as Spahn Ranch, one of the Manson’s many hangout spots.

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Simi Valley’s official flag. We are proud to be located in Simi Valley, California!

Besides Pisgah Grande, yet another Christian fundamentalist sect once residing in Simi Valley was the famous Blackburn Cult. The sect, – which poisoned people, burned former members in ovens and sacrificed animals, – was established in the 1920’s and found soon its place in Simi Valley. The ghost tours at Strathearn Park is a beloved local treasure definitely worth checking out for all Simi Valley limousine and party bus clients, a tour which often includes theatrical shows depicting the lives of the Blackburns. The Divine Order of the Royal Arms of the Great Eleven – or the Blackburn Sect as they’re more commonly referred to, – is among other things known for their killing of former cult member Florance Turner of Monterey Park, CA. In order to “save her from blood malady,” a brick oven was constructed and the cult burnt Turner to her death in the Simi Valley wilderness. Furthermore, Simi Valley limousine riders will be shocked to hear about the deceased body of 16-year old Willa Rhoads, which was found by authorities surrounded by numerous sacrificed animals and covered in salt. The seven sacrificed dogs surrounding her body was according to sect members a symbol of the angel Gabriel’s trumpet. LAX sedan service clients and other customers in the LA area might also know of the Blackburns. Before moving to Simi, the sect was located in Downtown’s Bunker Hill, an area maybe most visited by contemporary limo services in order to visit the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Los Angeles City Hall and other iconic LA landmarks. Besides Simi Valley limousine services, we offer limo services throughout all of Southern California. In addition to Simi, we also have limo- and party bus hubs in Westlake Village, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Palm Springs and Los Angeles.

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Despite countless cult members disappearing and violent scenes, authorities were never able to bring the Blackburns to justice. Its founder, May Otis Blackburn (1881-1951) was also a self declared queen with the ability to communicate with angels… Although a legal case was brought forth against May Otis, but the California Supreme Court made the rule that any attempts to limit the cult would be an intrusion of privacy and in violation with the right to religious freedom. Her book, entitled the Origin of God, was published in 1936 and includes numerous of her proclamations and alleged talks with the divine. Although never charged for murder, May Otis was charged with 12 counts of grand thefts and was later released. Many Santa Barbara limousine and party bus rental customers will wonder: what ultimately happened to the Blackburn Cult? After appealing her case in the early 1930’s and due to the 1931 California Supreme Court rule on religious freedom, Blackburn was released from prison and the sect left Simi Valley and relocated to the Lake Tahoe area.

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Ghost tours at Strathearn Park can be a lot of fun!

While the Manson family and Blackburn sect counted a handful of followers, by far the largest of the Simi Valley cults were the fundamentalist Pentecostal Pisgah Grande sect, founded in Simi’s Las Llajas Canyon, in English translated to the Canyon of the Wounds. Here, many will perhaps know that the sect at one point counted more than 300 members living in complete seclusion in their own “village” in northern Simi. Led by Doctor Finis Yoakum, the community on the Marr Ranch Parkland counted over fifty buildings and locals looking for a party bus rental might recall the sect even having its own post office(!) in the Las Llajas Canyon. The sect ultimately relocated from Southern California to Tennessee. Today, the Canyon of the Wounds is most often visited for its beautiful nature featuring a nearly 50-acre dam, creeks- and creek-beds, oak woodland and beautiful panoramic views of the city, rolling greenery and many hills. While enjoying a picnic, photographing or hiking in today’s northern Simi, there are few hints of the long gone past once dominated by fundamentalists and secret communities. Las Llajas Canyon is located on public lands and you can book limo services or LAX sedan service to this location.

limousine-in-simi-valley-limo-service.jpgAlthough closer to Chatsworth, Spahn Ranch straddles the Simi-Chatsworth city borders. The Manson family lived on this ranch through much 1968 and 1969. At the same time, Spahn Ranch functioned as a movie-filming ranch where a number of movies and TV-series were filmed. An example is the movie Hangfire (1968) featuring Donald Jerome Shea (nicknamed “Shorty”). Shortly after filming the movie, “Shorty” was killed by the Manson family for calling the police to the ranch. He was decapitated at the ranch and his remains were discovered in December of 1969 near the Santa Susana Road. Spahn Ranch is now located within Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park and we still get requests for Simi Valley limousine services with this destination. Customers on local cinematic tours of Simi often love to stop by Spahn Ranch to see the filming locations for some of their favorite movies and television series. Just a few of the TV-series filmed here are Bonanza (1959-1973), The Lone Ranger (1949-1957) and Zorro (1957-1959). Some of the movie classics filmed here include Satan’s Sadists (1969), Hell’s Bloody Devils (1970), The Sadistic Hypnotist (1969), Angels’ Wild Women (1972), The Creeping Terror (1964), Revenge of the Virgins (1959), The Female Bunch (1969), Linda and Abilene (1969), The Ramrodder (1969), Hard on the Trail (1971), One More Train to Rob (1971),  Lash of Lust (1972), and many more. More recent movies filmed here are Curio Shop (2014), Inside the Manson Gang (2007), Frankie in Blunderland (2011), 6 Guns (2010) and Inside the Manson Gang (2007). The address of Spahn Movie Ranch was 12000 Santa Susana Pass Road. We’ve had a Simi Valley limousine trying to find the ranch passed the Santa Susana Pass, but since the address has been changed, seeing the former movie ranch is best by foot in Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park, by for example ordering limo services to 10215 Larwin Avenue. We’ve even had tourists utilizing our limo- and LAX sedan service from LAX airport to come check out Spahn Ranch!

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Whether for chauffeured Simi Valley limousine services, Santa Barbara wine tours, party bus bar hopping or any activity, a visit to one of the many historic sect sites in the valley may be horrifying and educational. And for whatever destination, you will arrive and leave safely with our Simi Valley-, LA- and LAX sedan service. Be safe out there!

The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Your Californication

best-attractions-for-LA-limo-services-attractions-landmarks-Los-Angeles-limousineOne of the most fascinating and mysterious place in America, the City of Angels is where you may encounter world famous movie stars at the local convenience store. The restaurant waitress might be a part-time actress, and the salesman at the shopping center might just as well be a screenwriter. You will feel like you are in a movie yourself when maneuvering the city with the sun on your face and palm-lined boulevards in all directions. Maybe the most exciting part about LA is its unique diversity. On the first glance, you may feel L.A. is a superficial glossy paradise. The women may look like Barbie dolls in certain areas, and the men may spend more time at the gym or beach than at work. But Los Angeles is truly the one place that has Everything. The city not only boast 22 Nobel Prize winners and major research centers, but is home of world-class museums, famous galleries, high-caliber art collections and lively theaters. Let the number one limo rental service present to you the city of contradictions: from Hollywood glamour to earthquakes, New Age bastion and the Gang Capital of America. Eternal sunshine and blue clear skies to El Niño rainstorms with major mudslides. Beach fun and gigantic forest fires.

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Amy Poehler at the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The mega-metropolis of LA is an experiment that redefines itself each and every day. Offering limos for rent throughout all of Southern California, we serve Los Angeles County’s 10.1 million residents and the more than eighteen million people living in the Greater L.A. Area and its suburbs. LA’s population come from more than a 150 different countries and speak over a hundred languages where English or Spanish is the first language for nearly 85 percent of the city population. Other larger languages include Tagalog, Mandarin, Armenian, Farsi, Russian, Cantonese, Korean, and over a hundred others. With over 300,000 Native-Americans, the State of California has a higher native population than any other state. While there were over 100 spoken native languages in California in pre-colonial times, the most common native languages today include Navajo, Cherokee, Sioux, Apache, and Choctaw. Wanna learn more about the native history of the state? A Thousand Oaks party bus ride to the Chumash Museum in Thousand Oaks can be an educational and exciting experience! Clients can also enjoy seeing ancient Chumash pictographs on various of our Santa Barbara- and Malibu wine tasting tours. Santa Barbara’s Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park is a particularly interesting stop where you can interpret and nearly touch 1,000 year-old Indian pictographs!

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LAX’ iconic Theme Building.

For countless years, L.A. has been the place where people cut off from the shackles of their old lives and put everything behind with destination Los Angeles. As the former mayor Tom Bradley has told LAX sedan clients arriving at LAX and other L.A. airports: “If you’re looking for the place to be free, where you can do the things that are impossible elsewhere, you should head to the City of Angels.” Whether you’re heading here with the hope of making money, as a refugee from persecution or just here on your Californication, limo services can make your California adventure memorable, luxurious and adventurous. We’ve even heard countless times from foreigners arriving and rent a LAX sedan rentals services that tell us: “Even flying into LAX is an adventure, especially after dark!” This monster of a widespread metropolis is wider and bigger than most, and with over seventy miles of beaches, the views can be pretty spectacular when you fly in at LAX or other Southern California airport. Limousine rental customer flying into LA can see the more than 6,000 square mile mega city of crisscrossing avenues and boulevards, with patches of green parks – such as America’s largest urban park, the Griffith Park. From Griffith Park you can also enjoy unbeatable panoramic views of Los Angeles and you can go for a stroll in nearby Griffith Park for the chance of spotting a wild mountain lion in the midst of the metropolis(!)

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Wine-tasting in the Malibu Canyons.

While many don’t realize, LA County is in fact compromised of 88 independent and integrated cities, divided by two larger mountain ranges and connected by various networks of crisscrossing highways. The most scenic drive might be the coastal drive up to the City of Malibu, a beloved destination for everything from dining to Malibu wine tasting tours to beaching at some of the region’s most scenic beaches. Enjoy a dinner at Nobu Malibu, Geoffrey’s Malibu or the Carbon Beach Club Restaurant at Malibu Beach Inn for an unbeatable view of the Pacific Ocean and the even bluer skies. You can also spread out the towel for some sunbathing among the surfers at Zuma Beach, or head to the more quiet El Matador State Beach and you might just get a glimpse of the dolphins playing in the Pacific’s waves. From taking a morning bath in the sea you can go for limos for rent heading to Big Bear Mountain for skiing or snowboarding the very same day. Always take the heavy traffic into consideration. Often caused by the long distances and lack of public transportation services, traffic can often be a pain in LA. Further expansions of highway networks rely on costly earthquake-resistant building, but a limousine rental can make your time stuck in traffic more tolerable with state-of-the-art speakers and a full bar, even gaming devices and dancing poles in larger party bus vehicles.

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Olvera Street in Downtown.

The City of Angels started small. Originally named El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula, Los Angeles was founded on September 4, 1781 in “the Bay of Smoke” (today’s San Pedro Bay, LA’s main harbor). The founders were approximately forty settlers including two from Spain, numerous Native-Americans, African-Americans and mestizos. Today, Downtown LA is the best bet if you’re looking for a place to experience the authentic Los Angeles. Here you can visit the oldest part of town, known as the El Pueblo de Los Ángeles Historical Monument, or go for a stroll along Olvera Street to hear mariachi bands, shop from the Mexican markets and enjoy signature Mexican cuisine. Cruising Downtown LA by luxury limo services is guaranteed to give you the “big city” feel. Enjoy a dinner or drink at one of the many skyscraper-restaurants here (the Rooftop Bar is a popular choice) before venturing to the famous Walt Disney Concert Hall for a classical performance or LA Live for some of today’s biggest pop music. Wherever you go, the revitalization of Downtown is apparent. From a sleepy office district of town, Downtown’s increasingly becoming a favorite for people riding with limousine rentals in the state.

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Downtown’s L.A. Live Complex.

The center of L.A. nightlife can be found in the Hollywood area, centered around the Sunset Strip on Sunset Boulevard. The elegancy and extreme wealth of places such as Beverly Hills and Bel Air are always interesting to explore. Why not pretend you’re Julia Roberts and go for window-shopping on Rodeo Drive as in Pretty Woman (1990)? In 2010 there were over 270,000 millionaires in L.A. County, and the surrounding suburbs have some of wealthiest communities in the United States. An example could be Thousand Oaks’ Newbury Park, which boasts America’s 4th largest median household incomes. No wonder why so many book Thousand Oaks party bus services for their trips to San Francisco, Phoenix, Las Vegas and other out-of-state cities. Booking an LA to Vegas limo for your excursion to Sin City might be worth it. Imagine not having to care about the boring long drive, and instead enjoy a party with champagne in the back of stretch limos… But then again, why leave for America’s desert state when you can enjoy the Pacific Ocean’s beauty in the City of Angels? All the larger boulevards lead to the ocean, including Sunset-, Santa Monica-, Mulholland-, Wilshire- and Venice Boulevards! Enjoy a dinner overlooking the sea at the Santa Monica Pier or take a stroll along the Venice Boardwalk to see the hippies, skater dudes, surfers and fortune tellers. There’s a spectacular view from the ferris wheel at the Pacific Park on the pier where you can see miles and miles of ocean as well as beautiful homes and mountains.

Getting in touch with limo services while in Southern California might be the best decision you’ve made in a long time. Being the entertainment capital of the world, cruising the avenues and boulevards by limos offer truly the iconic LA experience. Why not allow yourself a treat and live the life of your favorite celebrity in this fascinating and mysterious mega-town.

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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Your Guide To Balboa Island

American-Luxury-Limousine-Orange-County-limoOften overlooked for the Channel Islands and other larger and more visited Californian islands, Balboa Island and Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach are two places anyone in SoCal should visit at least once. Even if you are a tourist spending a few days in the Greater L.A. Area, a visit to Balboa Island can be a rewarding side-trip. Named after Spanish explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa, this resort island has endless of options for fun water activities, great sight seeing, or just experiencing the island atmosphere and natural beauty. You can visit the island by ferry or by driving on Jamboree Road, or take the ferry from Balboa Peninsula (Balboa Island Ferry). As the island is best experienced by foot, and has limited street parking for visitors, we always recommend that clients travel here by the affordable $1 ferries instead of driving onto the island itself. One of Balboa’s main attractions is understandably the amazing architecture on the many beautiful little cottages found here. Now multimillion-dollar homes and vacation homes, it is funny to think that these cottages once sold for under $300 in the 1920’s! Balboa Peninsula, which was created as a mistake in the early 1930’s, is now home to some of the best beaches in Orange County as well as the Balboa Pavilion & Fun Zone. Whether do dine on one of the great restaurants, stroll down the quaint tiny roads, check out the famous landmarks, lay on the beach, rent a beach house, or any other reason for visiting Balboa – contact us for your transportation today. Many of our clients love to go here for recreational activities such as kayaking, surfing, jet-skiing, whale-watching and much, much more. Along the island’s main street, Marine Avenue, people come to window-shop, check out the cool little stores, cafés and bars. Do not forget to try out the island’s signature Balboa Bar ice cream and shave ice! Balboa has one of the highest population densities in the country, even higher than San Francisco, and has some of the most expensive real estate prices – real estate prices are even higher than on Manhattan!

sedans-at-LAX-sedan-airport-transferThe options for activities at Balboa are endless. You can for instance go parasailing over the Pacific with Balboa Parasail or jet-skiing with Balboa Water Sports. Another favorite among many renting an LA limo service is to head here for one of the great whale watching excursions. Companies such as Davey’s Locker Sportfishing & Whale Watching and Balboa Newport Landing Whale Watching offer great whale-watching excursions from the Newport Harbor. Want to rent a boat, head to Duffy Boat Rental! Prefer a chauffeured boat to on an ocean adventure? Check out Newport Coastal Adventure. And for paddling or kayaking, head to the Island Paddle Board or Balboa Surf & Style. Maybe the most popular for those traveling with children is to visit the Fun Zone on the Balboa Peninsula. The Balboa Fun Zone is home to several rollercoaster rides, cotton candy vendors, and everything else you’d find at a carnival. The nearby ExplorOcean museum is a great educational experience for children as well as adults. One of the island’s many famous landmarks in the St. John Vianney Chapel, which is located on the main street, Marine Avenue. This beautiful tiny chapel is a charming architecturally piece of art. Another popular activity for families is to pay a visit to Our Gang’s General Store to check out the unique toys, as well as the Marina Park playground. We transfer not only a lot of LAX sedan customers to Balboa, but because of its close proximity to the John Wayne Airport also a significant amount of people from John Wayne.

limos-in-Los-Angeles-limousine-serviceA landmark worth checking out is the Balboa Pavilion. Constructed in 1906, the Pavilion is a California Historical Landmark and on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It is currently functioning as the terminal for passenger- and whale-watching cruises. While on the Balboa Peninsula, grab a bite at the original O.C. Ruby’s Diner on the Balboa Pier! Also on the peninsula is the famous Crab Cooker, a favorite for many who enjoy seafood. Established in the early 1950’s, it has been ranked as one of the world best restaurants by the Venture Magazine and has also been featured in the television series the O.C., where the restaurant is referred to as the Crab Shack. To see today’s fresh seafood being unloaded from the dock, head to the Dory Fish Market, a historical landmark dating back to the early 1890’s! For a historic landmark, many Los Angeles limousine riders have talked about the Lovell Beach House as the most iconic Balboa house. More interested in beaching, surfing and other ocean activities? The Wedge on the peninsula is a tremendously popular surfing spot, while all of the peninsula is recognized for its pristine beaches. Didn’t make it on a Malibu wine tour? Check out the Balboa Island Wine Walk! Two 1920’s landmarks worth checking out include the Balboa Theater and the Balboa Inn.

winetasting-Malibu-wine-tours-tastings-tourWanna spend the night here but cannot afford a vacation home rental? You are not alone! While there are no hotels on the island per say, there are numerous hotels in surrounding areas, including on the Balboa Peninsula. Here many prefer staying at the Balboa Fun Zone to ride the ferris wheel and other rides. There are also many eateries, cafés and souvenir shops in the Fun Zone area. At the nearby Newport Harbor Nautical Museum you can see exhibits on the Pacific Ocean and California waters. You can for instance see ship models dating to the late 1790’s, or check out the tanks with various native species found in the waters off California. Two nearby hotels worth checking out if you are looking for accommodation are the Island Hotel and the Newport Beach Marriot Hotel & Spa. Looking for a snack, drink or restaurant? Head to Sugar & Spice for the original Balboa Bar chocolate ice-cream! Disappointed you never made the Malibu wine tour? Let’s head to Basilic for a delicious meal and great red-wine to accompany the steak, turkey or dish of choice. For a delicious breakfast, get a Los Angeles limousine and head to Wilma’s Patio for a great egg- or omelet dish. Looking for a place to enjoy an evening cocktail? Head to the Village Inn for great live entertainment and a drink of choice. Remember to go by Dad’s Donut & Bakery to pick up a delicious chocolate banana to bring home.

limousines-in-LA-limoWith its luxury housing and secluded character, many celebrities have found their home on Balboa. While Chuck Norris once owned a restaurant here, John Wayne bodysurfed here during summers. Visitors include everyone from Frank Sinatra, Richard Nixon, as well as Nancy- and Ronald Reagan. LA limo service clients have made us aware of the many movies filmed here, including Shadows (1922), To Have and Have Not (1944), The Breaking Point (1950), and many more. Whether you are looking for an LAX sedan to get here from the airport, or maybe a party bus to get into LA from Balboa, we can help you! On Balboa, don’t forget checking out the outstanding two-mile Island Boardwalk to see the boat parade and scenic views. For art lovers, the Balboa Island Artwalk is an annual happening drawing over a hundred artists for live music, painting exhibits, custom-made jewelries, and much more. For a signature Balboa shopping experience, see the selection of unique oil products and more at the Olive Oil & Beyond, the ideal place to find gifts for Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. With just 0.2 square miles and about 3,000 inhabitants, Balboa is a small island which is easy to navigate, discover, and enjoy! Bon voyage!

Where you find Hollywood celebrities

The-choice-for-a-Beverly-Hills-limo-serviceThe City of Angels might be the most popular in the world as far as celebrity sightseeing. And having become the largest and top rated provider of Los Angeles limousine services we have witnessed an increase in locals and tourists alike asking for tips of where to spot the famous people. While some may tell you: “It’s Hollywood, just go to a K-mart and you’ll see celebrities”, we all know the chances are pretty limited in one of gazillion convenience stores throughout the city. Not only do we provide local L.A. city tours, but we have also transported celebrities for numerous years. Without revealing too much about our LA limo service clientele we can mention Will Smith, Kim Richards, Jeb Bush, Gary Busey, and many more. Our limousines have been featured in a variety of movies and TV-shows, including but not limited to the Bachelor, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, the Biggest Looser, Hell’s Kitchen, and numerous others. Being the top rated provider of L.A.- and Calabasas party bus vehicles, we offer the best in LA transportation.

Areas in which to see celebrities

limousine-Los-Angeles-city-tours-by-LA-limo-service-and-celebrity-tourIn all of Southern California you really do have the potential of seeing one of your favorite celebrities, but certain cities, districts and areas of town are more popular than others. As you probably guessed, both the communities of Beverly Hills and Bel Air fit this category. Other celebrity-enclaves, such as Calabasas or Hidden Hills, also are popular communities for many of L.A.’s rich and famous. Being home to celebrities as Justin Bieber and Khloé Kardashian, our Calabasas party bus rentals are for example hugely popular in the region. In Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive from Julia Roberts’ Pretty Woman is a popular street for the ultra-wealthy. The street might be the most prestigious shopping-street in the world, and many L.A.-visitors using our LA limo service love strolling up and down this street while window-shopping in the far-high-end boutiques on the look-out for celebrities. The once sleepy neighborhood of Westwood was developed into Bel Air in the 1920’s, making one of the most expensive neighborhoods in America, packed with multi-million dollar mansions and some amazing views overlooking the city. In Bel Air, Hotel Bel-Air might be your best bet for celebrity-spotting. Other areas include the Century City Shopping Center, which is with its many high-end vendors a place our clientele often experience to spot a celebrity or two. The famous Sunset Strip, which is adjacent to Beverly Hills, is a little over a mile of the Sunset Boulevard,  but also a city-center for the city’s nightlife. Be on the lookout for paparazzi’s!

So where can you spot celebrities?

The-Premier-Los-Angeles-Limo-Service-and-LA-tour-companyAs celebrities maybe surprisingly are like most other people, it is not too easy to pinpoint an exact location of celebrity-swarms… At least many believe so. On the quite contrary though, serving stars and other notables for over fifteen years, we know some of the spots where celebrity’s hang out. Except the general stuff, such as the airport (LAX sedan requests are maybe destination number one of L.A.’s rich and famous), there are also various other destinations where you are even more likely to spot a celebrity or two. For once, the wineries of the Malibu Canyons, often served on our Malibu wine tours, are great retreats from celebrities city-life. It is also widely known that celebrities such as Matt Damon and Jennifer Lawrence are amongst the many frequently staying at the Ace Hotel in Downtown. Kim Kardashian, Michael Douglas and Nicole Kidman are among the numerous witnessed at the Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows. Movie stars such as Reese Witherspoon and Ben Affleck is known to love the Brentwood Country Mart, while Runyon Canyon’s over 150 acres is popular for celebrities as Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel, Matthew Morrison, and so many more. Other places with great chances of spotting your favorite artist or movie stars include the Piano Bar Lounge upstairs at the Mastro’s Steakhouse, Dan Tana’s in West Hollywood, as well as George’s California Modern in La Jolla.

Premier-LA-limo-service-presents-Beverly-Hills-and-Los-Angeles-limousine-toursSo let’s cut to the chase, would you really wanna see celebrities and get a glimpse of their personal mansions? Book a trip with our Los Angeles limousine company and go on exclusive tours to neighborhoods packed with famous residents. We know all the spots! Whether you are looking into a Malibu wine tour to the beautiful Pacific coast for some wine-sipping, or you’re heading out for a party with friends in party bus, we will be able to accommodate all your needs for the perfect limo-experience. Offering an exclusive price-match-guarantee on all our rides, including wine-tasting tours and LAX sedan services, you have nothing to loose by calling us for your SoCal transportation!

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