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Los Angeles or LA as the locals refer to it as is otherwise also known as ‘The City of Angels’ is a sprawling city which holds many distinctions. This urban jungle boasts famous landmark sights like the celebrity Walk of Fame, and the 25-foot-tall Hollywood sign that is featured in almost every American movie. Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the world being the bustling core of the American fil industry since the rise of the silver screen.

No other place is able to offer you the electrifying experience of the party central Third Street Promenade, mixed with the flashing and lavish lifestyles in Beverly Hills along with the peacefulness of a trip down the scenic mountainous seashores of Venice beach all in one day.

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Why visit Los Angeles?

  • Enjoy the great outdoors of LA at the famous LA zoo, or Griffith Park which is America’s largest park and it is often referred to as the central park of LA because of its beauty!
  • Los Angeles boasts beautiful coastlines with the iconic Malibu and Long beach which both feature the best surf spots, ocean-front dining, trendy shops and breathe-taking sunsets!
  • Indulge in the many great restaurants in the city, with so many different flavours visitors are definitely spoilt for choice!
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The best time to visit Los Angeles is from March through till May or from September till November. During this time the city becomes less crowed and the temperatures are less harsh.

  • LA is the third largest economic centre in the world.
  • This city was previously referred to by the name “El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río de Porciúncula” which translates to “The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels on of the River Porciúncula”.
  • Los Angeles has seven area codes—213, 310, 323, 424, 626, 747, 818—more than any city in the U.S.

Los Angeles is filled with so many iconic landmarks and activities, ensuring that every holiday here is a great one, no matter what time of year it might be. Nearly every community in Greater Los Angeles offers some kind of outdoor music scene, with great food and company during the summer months.

Soak up the great weather and indulge in the many pleasures LA has to offer. Due to the fact that the public transport in and around the city is extensive, and you can get pretty much anywhere using a combination of rail and bus.

Look out for day passes that’ll save you some cash if you’re planning on taking more than a few Metro Bus and Metro Rail trips. It is said that there is no better place to experience LA other than Venice Beach. With dazzling street performances and a wide variety of places to eat and drink

Venice Beach is a must on any to-do list. Last, but definitely not least, no visit to LA would be complete without a trip to the famous Rodeo drive which comprises of the most luxurious shopping, dining and hotel destinations.

Celebrities love Rodeo drive for many reasons that is not hard to understand why once you there. Rub shoulders with many celebrities after dark at LA's loved Sunset Strip, and if staying out late is not your thing then enjoy a fun-filled day at Disneyland or Universal Studio's, which has something to entertain the whole family.

If you plan on staying longer then the following attractions will leave you pleasantly surprised:

  • Griffith Observatory
  • Getty Centre
  • Downtown LA
  • California Science Centre
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Hollywood Boulevard
  • TCL Chinese Theatre
  • Staple Centre for a basketball game
  • The Grammy museum
  • Microsoft Theatre
  • The Muscle Beach
  • Dodger Stadium

LA is home to the most diverse and mouth-watering dining experiences one place is able to offer. Dine around the world without ever leaving the city, from a breakfast chorizo burrito, to Tonkotsu ramen which is a well-known Japanese noodle and broth combo, and pink strawberry doughnuts-LA has something for every craving.

Participate in dine LA Restaurant Week, it is held every winter and summer. This 12 consecutive day, non-ticketed event showcases Los Angeles as a premier dining destination and explores the many culinary experiences Los Angeles has to offer, it is definitely worth the taste experience.

Some of the best restaurants to try out when visiting include:

  • Langer's Delicatessen
  • Sqirl
  • Chianina Steakhouse
  • Animal
  • Apple Pan
  • Pacific Dining Car
  • Pita Kitchen
  • Barrel and Ashes
  • Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery
  • Dodger Stadium
  • Cole's
  • Father's Office

Los Angeles is considered to be the cultural hub of the Pacific Rim. There are individuals from more than 180 countries, speaking 140 different languages who call this great city home. Majority of the residents in LA follow or believe in a specific religion.

The majority of individuals consider themselves to be Catholic with a few of them following the Jewish and Islamic faiths. Los Angeles is not a very conservative place and all individuals have freedom to express themselves in the way in which they dress.

Every person has the freedom to practice any religion they please so long as it does not involve insulting any other religious beliefs. There is a vibrant atmosphere in LA and the people here are extremely welcoming and friendly, you will definitely feel right at home in this warm city.

Los Angeles is the safest of any major city in America. This is a big city that attracts many tourists every year, due to this there are certain areas that can be dangerous when it comes to petty crime like pick-pocketing and theft but nothing that is too dangerous. It is advised to remain vigilant at all times, as many tourists tend to stand out more in a new place.

South African Passport holders do need a visa to visit Los Angeles, and anywhere else in the USA.
Leave plenty of time for visa processing, and make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps. Contact the American embassy (Telephone: 012 431 4000 ) for more information, in addition to visa applications.

There is a South African Consulate General in Los Angeles.

Address: 6300 Wilshire Boulevard,
ESuite 600,
Los Angeles

Phone: + 1 323 651 0902
Fax:(+1) 323 651 5969
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R 90.00 R 100.00 R 217.70
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 72.57
Cappuccino (regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 58.34
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 24.38
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 87.08

Los Angeles International Airport (code: LAX) is not only the largest and busiest airport in LA, but it is one of the most important international airports in the United States.

Coffee: Starbucks, Euro Coffee and Haagen Dazs, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Klatch Coffee

Exchange currency: ICE Foreign Exchange is the forex partner at LAX and has outlets in all the terminals.

Lost luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. LAX recommends checking with restaurants, taxis, buses and other services before reporting to the Airport Police Lost & Found.

Airport hotel: None on site. Nearby: Radisson, Courtyard, Sheraton Gateway, Crowne Plaza, Hilton, Travelodge, Westin, Embassy Suites, Four Points Sheraton, Renaissance, Super 8, Holiday Inn, Comfort Inn Suites and Best Western Suites.

Car hire: There are approximately 40 rental car companies operating out of LAX, but all rental sites are located outside the airport. The following companies have Rental Car Shuttles available to take you to rental outlets: Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, Fox, Payless, National, and Thrifty. Other rental agencies are contactable using free phones attached to the Visitors Information Centres in baggage claim areas.

Airport hub:Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Great Lakes Airlines, Horizon Air, and United Airlines.

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The information on this page is correct as of March 2016. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.

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