Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles, home to Hollywood, is the second most populous city in the United States behind New York. A mecca for actors and musicians, LA also has a diverse, multicultural society with many great restaurants, shopping areas and beautiful beaches for both sunbathing and surfing.
The rich cultural scene that drives the city is bolstered by spectacular museums and galleries, offering more per capita than any other city in the world.
The port is in San Pedro, once a fishing industry hub separate from Los Angeles. On the south side of the city, this historic port has been in use since Spanish vessels docked here in the 1500s. Measured in container volume and cargo value, the port of Los Angeles is the busiest seaport in the United States.
The Port of Los Angeles is located in San Pedro, 35 kilometres south of LAX and a 20 to 30-minute drive from most of the key tourist areas. Cruise ships dock at the World Cruise Centre, a designated area of the Port of Los Angeles that covers 18 acres.
The Port of Los Angeles is large, and has many facilities and features to make the onward journey or short-term stay a pleasant experience.
- onsite parking with space for 2,500 cars, at a maximum cost of US$12 per day
- a free shuttle bus to take passengers from the passenger terminal to the car park area
- eateries and a lounge
- ATM facilities and information kiosks
- rental cars are available from a location near the terminal, with a courtesy service available to take customers to and from the terminal.
How to Get Around
Los Angeles is a sprawling city with no defined centre, which means getting around can be difficult. Renting a car is easy, as a provider operates from the terminal, and driving around Los Angeles is the best way to see the city.
Apart from in downtown LA and Hollywood, it is very difficult and sometimes impossible to hail a taxi. Calling ahead is the best option to secure a taxi. The closest bus station is Harbor Beacon Park & Ride. From there, you can connect to other services such as the metro rail.
The Waterfront Red Car is a vintage rail service operating along the waterfront of San Pedro. Unlimited rides are only US$1 and it connects various attractions of the waterfront over 2 kilometres of track.
- Currency: The currency in Los Angeles is the United States dollar. Coins come in 1 cent (penny), 5 cent (nickel), 10 cent (dime), 25 cent (quarter), 50 cent (half dollar) and $1 denominations. Notes come in $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 denominations.
- Time Zone: Los Angeles uses Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) from March to October, and Pacific Standard Time (PST) from November to February. PDT is 7 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time, while PST is 8 hours behind.
- Weather: LA has a subtropical Mediterranean climate, noted for large variations in temperature between areas falling within the same city bounds. In general, average temperatures range from 14° Celsius in January to 23° Celsius in July. Average highs can be much higher in some areas, with rain falling mainly during the winter-spring period.
- The Getty Centre - One of the many museums in the city, the striking Getty Centre was designed by Richard Meier and contains an extensive collection of photographs and paintings by such artists as Van Gogh, Gaugin and Monet. On a clear day there is a great view over the city.
- Griffith Observatory - Looking south over the city, the Griffith Observatory was opened to the public in 1935. Having undergone several renovations and refits since, the original telescope still stands, and is in perfect condition to glimpse the stars. Also featuring a 300-seat state of the art planetarium, restaurants and cafes, admission is free, as is limited parking.
- Studio Tour - Universal, Warner Brothers, Paramount and many other studios offer tours of their LA facilities. Guided walks go behind-the-scenes, with authentic props, sets and soundstages all part of the tour. Universal also features its own amusement park, with a tour of the studios via tram.
- Rodeo Drive - From humble beginnings as a home and later a hardware store, Rodeo Drive has undergone a radical reinvention since the late 1960s. Now a high fashion luxury destination, it is popular with travellers marvelling at the excess that comes with the glitz and glamour of Hollywood.