If you're heading to The Games you'd be crazy to not take advantage of everything else LA has to offer other than just Carson.
We got the low down from some locals on the best things to do in and around LA.
1. Day Trip to Malibu /Santa Barbara
With 27 miles of picturesque coastline, where better for a day trip than Malibu, a short drive from LA. Stop off at Paradise Cove to catch some rays and take a walk along the beach – go North under the rugged cliffs towards Point Dume or go South and marvel at the beachfront mansions of the rich and famous.
Malibu Farm at the end Malibu pier is a great lunch spot serving farm ¬to ¬table food where you can watch the local surfers doing what they do best. Don’t be shy and go rent a paddle board and explore for yourself.
If you’re feeling adventurous and have time you can jump back in the car and head to Santa Barbara. It’s a beautiful drive along the coast line and approximately an hour from Malibu. State Street which leads back from the beach has everything you need in terms of restaurants and shops.
Get a flavor for the real Venice by taking a walk or bike along the boardwalk. The bohemian lifestyle of this famous boardwalk is constantly threatened by the ongoing gentrification of Venice. Take in the magicians, fortune tellers, the world famous Muscle Beach bodybuilders and Venice Beach Freak Show.
Stop off at the best beach bar in town – The Venice Whaler. Established in 1944, the Whaler is a unique beach bar serving some of the best food and cocktails. A great sunset spot, the Whaler is a place where dreams come true and new friends are made.
3 . A b b o t K i n n e y
T he gentrification of Venice is seen loud and clear on Abbot Kinney. Named after the developer best known for his “Venice of America” development in the early 1900’s, Abbot Kinney now boasts a vibrant collection of boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops and cool kids. Go for a stroll along Abbot Kinney in the afternoon and soak up the vibes while buying some gifts to take home to your loved ones.
3. Grab a Coffee
Take advantage of LA’s growing coffee scene. Drop in to Intelligentsia on (Abbot Kinney) or Espresso Cielo on Main Street in Santa Monica). Our favourite is Deus Ex Machina in Venice – darkened and crispy on the outside; chewy and delicious on the inside. Serving excellent coffee in one of the most vibrant hubs of surf, bicycle and motorcycle culture around.
4. Day Trip to Huntington Beach
Nicknamed “Surf City” because of the yearlong consistent surf, Huntington Beach is known for its long 9.5 mile stretch of sandy beach, mild climate, excellent surfing and beach culture. The ocean waves are enhanced by a natural effect caused by the edge diffraction of open ocean swells around Santa Catalina Island.
Santa Monica Place (outdoor Shopping Mall) and Third Street Promenade (directly outside of the Mall) pretty much have everything you will need. There is a large Nike store where you can get the latest Metcons. Last year in the days leading up to the games, Nike had a huge set up in the centre of Santa Monica place to promote their ‘Don’t ban our shoe, beat our shoe’ campaign. There are so many stores here selling Stance socks, Tillys on 3rd Street promenade probably has the best collection.
If you want to try somewhere else then the Grove outdoor shopping mall also has some big department stores and big high street brands.
If you’re looking to really splash the cash on some high end brands then you can head to Rodeo Drive and Melrose Avenue.
6. Drop in at a Box
I'm sure you have already done lots of research and planned this so don't need too much help from us. Our only recommendation would be to go to Crossfit Deuce. Most of the gym is outdoors, the coaches are super friendly and include Logan Gelbrich who often features on Wodcast Podcast. Drop ins are normally free of charge (don't hold us to this though) and there is a massive Wholefoods opposite for a post workout feed. http://www.deucegym.com/