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Los Angeles Travel Guide

This is a basic guidance list

Airport details (LAX)

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to the city can be anywhere from a 35 minute to an hour long car ride depending on traffic.

LAX to the valley is a little bit further and can take anywhere from 25-50 minutes depending on the time of day and how bad the traffic is at that time. Bob Hope Airport in Burbank to the city can take as short as 25 minutes or as long as 50 minutes depending on traffic. 

 

Malls الأسواق
– Century City Plaza (Beverly Hills)
– The grove (Beverly Hills)
– Beverly Center (Beverly Hills)
– The Americana at Brand (Glendale)
– Santa Monica Place (Santa Monica – its on 3rd street promenade)
– South Coast plaza (South of LA – intersection of I-405 and Route-55)
– Fashion Island (Newport Beach)
– Irvine Spectrum Center (Irvine – intersection of I-405 and I-5)

Streets الشوارع

– Melrose Avenue – starts from Santa Monica Blvd and goes on. (the stores are scattered around the area, also there is a small street called Melrose Place it has designer boutiques. There are many nice stores for shopping)

Melrose
– Rodeo Dr. – Btwn Santa Monica Blvd and Wilshire Blvd.
– N Robertson Blvd. – Starting from W 3rd St. passing through Beverly Blvd. (nice shops in that street, Kitson, Chanel, Tory Burch and more)
– 3rd Street (West Hollywood) – beginning from La Cienega intersection (nice shops and many restaurants. Mostly breakfast and brunch you have to go early to get a table very crowded on weekends)

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– Beverly Blvd (West Hollywood) – beginning from Santa Monica Blvd. going towards La Cienega.
– Sunset Blvd. (West Hollywood) – La Cienega to N Doheny Dr. (there are restaurants and a couple of shops)
– Beverly Dr. (West Hollywood) – Starting from Santa Monica Blvd all the way to W Olympic Blvd.

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– 3rd Street Promenade (Santa Monica) – it’s a closed street with many shops, a nice place to walk and shop around. Nice at night on weekends. Take I-10 West and till 4th & 5th Street go on 4th street parking will be on the left after the traffic light.
– Main street – (Santa Monica)

Places to go to next to LA أماكن ينصح بزيارتها بجانب لوس أنجلوس

– Catalina Island – its a tiny island 20-25mins by helicopter or an hr by a ferry. It has many water sport activities and you go around in a golf cart.

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– Santa Monica Pier – walking distance from 3rd street promenade. There is a Ferris wheel and a small amusement park. Also there is an aquarium.
– Newport.
– Laguna beach (nice shops and stuff)
– Venice Beach
– Huntington Beach

– Long Beach
– Santa Barbara
– Malibu

Attractions:

– Hollywood Blvd – Kodak Theatre, Walk of Fame, Grauman’s Chinese Theater
– Disneyland, located in Anaheim (South I-5)
– Universal Studios, in Universal City (located on 101 highway)
– Six Flags Magic Mountain, in Valencia (North I-5)
– Knott’s Berry Farm, in Buena Park (it’s a small amusement park near Anaheim, route 91 then exit south on Beach blvd.)

Tours:

– The Grand Tour of Los Angeles
– Deluxe Movie Stars’ Home and Trolley Tour
– Los Angeles City Tour by Night
– Hollywood Behind the Scenes
– City Tour By Night
– Inside Historic Downtown Los Angeles
– Hollywood Trolley Tour
– Hollywood Double Decker Fun Tour
– Downtown Los Angeles
– Little Tokyo MOCA

 

 

Cheers

Hello965 with a huge help of hello965 friends <3

Cuba Itinerary

We’ve been asked some questions regarding things to do in Cuba. Here is what we learned from our friends:

CUBA  –   A literal sense of  “A blast from the past”

  • Traveling to Cuba:

Virgin Atlantic: Flight leaves from Dubai, with a stop in London then a direct flight to Cuba.

KLM:  Flight leaves from Kuwait to Amsterdam, then a direct flight to CubaHavana.

Traveling from USA: As there are sanctions between US and Cuba, you should  make travel plans from Canada or Mexico instead.

 

  • Accommodation:

– Hotel Saratoga Cuba:  The best hotel in Cuba, located in Old Town, all the shops and historic areas are walking distance away. Very busy neighborhood in the day and night as well.  Nice rooms, nice staff, good internet!

– Hotel Nacionale : A very decent hotel, away from the downtown area, overlooks the beach, however there is no beach for swimming. The Kuwaiti Embassy is located in the Hotel in case anything is needed. The rooms are decent, neighborhood is quieter and there are some shops around the hotel.

-Room Rental: There are many rooms at local’s houses that are up for rent, whether you are alone or with a group of friends.  Locals are very friendly and many of the rental homes are very good, and hosts are very sweet and welcoming.

  • Food:


-There are many options to eat from in Cuba, however most of the food will be tasteless and very blah, highly recommended to take Tabasco, or any other condiment of your choice.

– The best restaurants are all located in an area of town called Miramar, here you will  find a little upper scale places, better than the ones found in Havana Town.

-Old Town: There are many restaurants in Old Town Havana, however most of them are tourist traps so be careful, make sure you check out the seating and the menu.

  • What to do:


-Old Town Havana: walk around enjoy the history, try to arrange for a tour around the town on your first days so you are able to go back to the places you liked most.

– In the middle of Town you will find a big area where everyone is selling historical items in mint condition for very cheap, best place for souvenirs.

-Visit “El Floridita” – A place cherished by locals where Ernest Hemingway used to order their famous Daquiri.

-Arrange for a trip to visit cigar factories and farms, as well as a visit to see the old caves. 

-Go to the show at the Copacabana in Havana, a famous dancing show.

-Visit the Revolution Museum, and any historic museum of your liking.

-Arrange to go see Ernst Hemingway’s house that was preserved in its original condition and is now a museum for everyone to see.

-Try arranging day trips with excursion companies to see other areas outside Havana (Caves, cigar plantation, rum factory…..)

Also, there are many districts around Havana that are also nice for beach areas, our friends have visited Varadero, a very nice area by the beach to swim and chill, but there wasn’t much to do besides stay at hotel and see the town there. 

There are also other areas that are awaiting exploration by any tourist.

 

  • Tips & Info


Currency: There are 2 currencies used in Cuba, one for locals and one for tourists. Know the difference.

Phone: Another important thing is that there are no phones in hotel rooms nor will your Kuwaiti phones will work, either get a contact number from airport, or go to the lobby and ask for the phone booths to make your calls, or you can keep it simple with emails at the internet café’s or business centers at hotels.

Visa: Kuwaitis, Get your visas from here: Cuba Embassy in Kuwait – details: Tel :22549361 (Rawda, Block 3, St. Shahab Ahmad Al Bahar, House 74) – Visa process takes 1 to 3 days.

Transportation: Take normal taxis, or use classic cars for taxis, sometimes more expensive. You can also rent a car or arrange for a driver to be available with you at all times.

Hope this helps!!

Cheers,
Hello965