With spring just around the corner, there’s no better time to take advantage of Los Angeles’ sunny beaches and city life. The infamous beachside urban sprawl is known for being one of the most expensive cities in the United States, but enjoying yourself in the City of Angels doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. While we staunchly stand by Santa Monica’s beauty and relaxing vibes, we will admit that the rest of L.A. is definitely a sight for sore eyes and worth discovering for their own quirky traits. The slight lull in tourist season during this time allows natives to explore their own home without the usual pressure of overcrowded sidewalks and sandy coves, while lucky visitors who have planned their stays are able to beat the summer influx of tourists. Here are a few of the activities you can do in and around Los Angeles without exceeding your budget.
1. Picnic on the Beach
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With Los Angeles’ abundance of beautiful beaches and perfectly temperate weather year-round, picnicking on the shores of the Pacific Ocean is an absolute possibility. From the tide pools of Abalone Cove to whale-watching in Zuma Beach, each location offers an individual experience that’s sure to bring out picture-perfect memories.
- Will Rogers State Beach
- Manhattan Beach on the Strand
- Point Dume State Beach
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Take advantage of Southern California’s gorgeous winter sunshine and take a hike. It’s a great way to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse yourself in nature. Many trails lead into Los Angeles’ desert hills and offer great views of the shores and sprawling concrete jungle. It’s also as far away as you can get from the L.A. smog without leaving the city altogether.
3. Go to a Farmers Market
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Boasting one of the most bustling year-round farmer’s markets, The Original Farmers Market on Fairfax and Third St. has an energy that can kick-start even the most mundane weekend. Grab an early lunch and visit this or any other of L.A.’s fresh and finest farmers markets to find unique ingredients to add to the perfect homemade dinner. The creativity of the Californian foodie culture is sure to fuel your own inventiveness in the kitchen as you cook your meal, and can lead to a romantic rendezvous later in the evening.
4. Take a walk down Hollywood Blvd.
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If you’re an out-of-towner, it’s likely that this one is already on your list. See what Tinseltown is all about as the charming hodge-podge of new and old ignites flames of 1920s glamour while embracing the modern day. Take a page out of the movie Valentine’s Day and see a movie in the old Hollywood Graveyard at night, or catch tickets to a taping of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Dancing With the Stars, or other television shows in the ABC studios across the street from Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
5. Visit Cirque Boutique Shop & Spa
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Sometimes, all a perfect day needs is a massage and some great-smelling bath soaps. Visiting Cirque Boutique on Montana Ave. is guaranteed to relieve the stress of the week and prepare you for the next one. Come see us before meeting with your S.O., or plan a spa day with your closest group of single ladies.