LAX - Long layover suggestions?

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    Nov 06, 2014 6:03 PM GMT
    So, I am stuck at LAX for seven hours tomorrow. What's worth doing within a short taxi ride? I was thinking of heading to Manhattan Beach or Santa Monica.

    Probably have to drag the carry-on around with me and allow an extra hour to go back through security...
  • Destinharbor

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    Nov 06, 2014 6:11 PM GMT
    Try Venice beach. Close and usually lots of eye candy working out. Funky, too.
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    Nov 06, 2014 8:51 PM GMT
    Thanks. Looks like an easy walk from Santa Monica pier.
    In fact, I seem to recall doing that once, in the 90's. But it will probably be dark by the time I get that far.
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    Nov 06, 2014 11:08 PM GMT
    While in Venice, try 1st Friday @ Roosterfish, allow yourself enough time to get back to the airport icon_cool.gif
    http://www.roosterfishbar.com/
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    Nov 07, 2014 1:17 AM GMT
    The freeways can spontaneously gridlock or move at a snail's pace so plan accordingly.

    I'm arriving on the 11th at 11 am or so and worried about the shuttle getting to San Pedro by 5pm, which according to google maps is a 25 minute drive.
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    Nov 07, 2014 5:27 AM GMT
    scruffLA saidWhile in Venice, try 1st Friday @ Roosterfish, allow yourself enough time to get back to the airport icon_cool.gif
    http://www.roosterfishbar.com/


    Cool.

    Oooo! One block over and I could Get Down To Electric Avenue icon_razz.gif
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    Nov 07, 2014 6:50 AM GMT
    go to the beach Venice/Santa Monica area, just watch your time and cab traffic because they require like 2-3 hrs ahead to check in or something and LAX is notoriously crowded at peak hours.
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    Nov 07, 2014 4:26 PM GMT
    If your outbound flight is JetBlue or offers a similar service, that $20 express security line option will probably pay off if you leave the terminal.

    Don't get too crazy with timing. Airlines cancel tickets with enthusiasm if you arrive less than TWO Hours before your flight. Ensures they aren't holding up aircraft waiting for no-shows. This includes the smaller airports like Ontario and Long Beach.
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    Nov 07, 2014 9:04 PM GMT
    And now for the dissenting opinion...

    First of all, I fly out of LAX regularly and I NEVER arrive more than an hour ahead for a domestic flight. Two hours is standard for international flights - but if you're there on a layover I assume you won't have to check in again, right? So once again, one hour should be fine.

    Second, if you cab it from Manhattan Beach (which I highly recommend over Venice, unless you like being in a place that looks and smells like a public restroom), it should not take more than 20 minutes, or maybe 30 during rush hour. The guy who's worried about making it from LAX to San Pedro in six hours is, quite frankly, off his nut.

    Third, unless you absolutely have to spend time in a gay bar, I think you'll be much more comfortable in any of the bars/restaurants in downtown Manhattan Beach than in Roosterfish.

    Oh, and in case you're wondering, Rooster = Cock, and a Sucker is a kind of Fish.
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    Nov 08, 2014 1:07 AM GMT
    Too late. Doing it now. Just walking, enjoying some eye candy, and looking out for some dinner.i think the cab ripped me off a bit - shoulda grabbed the blue bus. Anyhow, will head back around 10 to catch the red eye.
    Anything beats sitting in the airport
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    Nov 08, 2014 2:43 AM GMT
    Aww.. Wish I saw this ahead of time. I could have picked you up and gone out for coffee/food.
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    Nov 08, 2014 3:36 AM GMT
    mindgarden said
    scruffLA saidWhile in Venice, try 1st Friday @ Roosterfish, allow yourself enough time to get back to the airport icon_cool.gif
    http://www.roosterfishbar.com/


    Cool.

    Oooo! One block over and I could Get Down To Electric Avenue icon_razz.gif


    Dunno. Stopped in but of course it's early and a bit dead. Seems at least as clean as any of the places in PDX. Bit on the small side.
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    Nov 08, 2014 3:50 AM GMT
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    mindgarden said
    scruffLA saidWhile in Venice, try 1st Friday @ Roosterfish, allow yourself enough time to get back to the airport icon_cool.gif
    http://www.roosterfishbar.com/


    Cool.

    Oooo! One block over and I could Get Down To Electric Avenue icon_razz.gif


    Dunno. Stopped in but of course it's early and a bit dead. Seems at least as clean as any of the places in PDX. Bit on the small side.



    Thought you would have gone to the Venice boardwalk or SM pier first while the sun was out? Abott Kinney should be crowded by 10pm, the time you are ready to leave to the airport, at least you made happy hour icon_razz.gif

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    Nov 08, 2014 3:53 AM GMT
    bro4bro saidAnd now for the dissenting opinion...

    First of all, I fly out of LAX regularly and I NEVER arrive more than an hour ahead for a domestic flight. Two hours is standard for international flights - but if you're there on a layover I assume you won't have to check in again, right? So once again, one hour should be fine.

    Eh, I stand by my observation every "late" flyer was turned away at LGB. One shared my shuttle van to LAX to catch his new flight to Laguardia, $70 on top of the $200 fee American charged him for being one hour and 55 minutes to board, in an airport that you can run end-to-end in 15 minutes.

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    Nov 08, 2014 3:54 AM GMT
    Yeah, the "muscle beach" Area was closed up by the time I walked through. Some cute guys playing football on the beach thoicon_wink.gif
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    Nov 08, 2014 4:09 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidYeah, the "muscle beach" Area was closed up by the time I walked through. Some cute guys playing football on the beach thoicon_wink.gif


    Due to time change, it gets dark here now about 5:30 pm, I bought my last two pair of sun glasses on the Venice boardwalk, its a very edgy and diverse place, not stuffy and you will see people from every race and background here. The south bay beaches like Manhattan are mostly filled with young white heterosexuals, worlds away from Venice even on the same coast, thank you for visiting!

    Palm Springs gay pride is this weekend so many of the menz are out of town
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    Nov 08, 2014 6:35 PM GMT
    scruffLA said
    mindgarden saidYeah, the "muscle beach" Area was closed up by the time I walked through. Some cute guys playing football on the beach thoicon_wink.gif


    Due to time change, it gets dark here now about 5:30 pm, I bought my last two pair of sun glasses on the Venice boardwalk, its a very edgy and diverse place, not stuffy and you will see people from every race and background here. The south bay beaches like Manhattan are mostly filled with young white heterosexuals, worlds away from Venice even on the same coast, thank you for visiting!

    Palm Springs gay pride is this weekend so many of the menz are out of town

    I have the same opinion as bro4bro. And how do you know the sexual orientation of who is mostly on the South Bay beaches?