A trip to California from the East Coast is almost a rite of passage for many families who have itchy travel feet. With massive, expensive cities and miles of long driving hours though, it can be a challenging adventure for little ones of all ages. That is why it’s essential to pick cozy, well-located accommodations along the way.
Los Angeles is often a stop on many people’s Californian radar as one of the most iconic cities in the world. It can easily become overwhelming for families who want to see it all and not get hopelessly lost, or blow their entire budget.
This is when a little ingenuity comes into play. For instance, we stayed in nearby Marina Del Rey, a beautiful harborside beach town only 30 minutes from downtown L.A. The Jamaica Bay Inn boasts nautical views, swaying palm trees and plenty of space to explore when with children. The woman beside me checking in had her daughter cooed at and entertained through the entire check-in process by the hotel staff. That attention to detail and warm welcome resonated throughout the experience.
There’s a great seafood-inspired restaurant on site to have a cocktail and a warm meal overlooking the water to enjoy after setting down your bags. Go venture to the ICLA Marina Center, Fisherman’s Village or Marina Beach, then retire back at your room full of great amenities, including high speed internet, big bathrooms and patio space.
You could not be closer to all the action, including a plethora of sandy beaches to choose from, cuisine covering all genres and easy access to neighborhood cities and districts. It’s the perfect last stop on the Pacific Coast Highway before conquering Los Angeles.
Eileen Cotter is a freelance travel writer, social media manager and co-founder of Pure Wander Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @guapetonah