In the last year or so I have been traveling back and forth from Los Angeles to Australia for business. While in Los Angeles I have been staying at hotels near the airport going to meetings in that general area and then going home. While in Los Angeles in September last year I came across a great hop on hop off bus service, The Ocean Express Trolley Bus Service, which takes you from West Century Boulevard to Manhattan Beach and the Manhattan Beach Shopping Centre. It is a great thing to do if you only have a few hours free and you have been confined to a hotel going to meetings. This link takes you to a webpage with the bus timetable and details of all stops http://www.gatewaytola.org/index.cfm/programs/ocean-express/.
In January Carmel and I stayed at the Westin LAX and took the bus to the beach one morning where we went for a long walk and then stopped off for breakfast and then visited the grocery store at Manhattan Beach. We then took the bus for one more stop and got off at the shopping centre for a look round, picked up the bus again and got dropped off at our hotel. The best thing about this bus service is the price. At the time of writing the round trip ticket is $5.00. In the winter time the bus runs every hour starting at 9am and in the summer time every 30 mins. Great for getting out of the traffic for a nice walk on the beach.
A few quick tips from us firstly buy your tickets from the Concierge at the hotel they don’t seem to sell them on the buses and secondly we got the 9am bus to the beach one morning and that was a bit early for some of the restaurants and shops most things did not open until after 10am.