Discovering Los Angeles – The Sunset Strip

The Sunset Strip Hollywood
The Sunset Strip Hollywood during the day.

The Sunset Strip Hollywood.

The Sunset strip Hollywood is a mile and a half long segment of Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, California.

The strip itself runs from “Sunset and Crescent Heights Boulevard” to “Sunset and Doheny drive”. The Sunset strip has been immortalized in lots of Hollywood movies but in real life, it is equally famous for shopping, restaurants, nightlife, and celebrity sightings.



A trip to Los Angeles, California would not be complete without stopping by and checking out all the delights this amazing strip has to offer.

Getting To The Sunset Strip Hollywood.

Getting to the sunset strip hollywood by bus is also a great option.
A typical L.A. bus will run you from the Sunset/Vermont metro stop to the Sunset strip.

If you are visiting the Sunset strip, it is highly recommended to rent a vehicle because Los Angeles is a uniquely defined by it’s urban sprawl.

Most Los Angelenos prefer to commute by car, so not too much attention has been paid to developing an efficient and timely transit system that covers the extensive urban sprawl that defines the city.

If however, you are on a constrained budget, your next best option is public transportation. The “Sunset/Vermont” stop on the Los Angeles Metro system’s “Red Line” will get you to Sunset Boulevard.



Next, to get to the part of Sunset Boulevard considered the Sunset strip, simply hop on bus number 2. And get off at Sunset Boulevard and Clark. You will have to explore the rest of the strip by foot.

 

Where To Stay On The Sunset Strip Hollywood.

The good news is that the Sunset strip Hollywood has an array of really fun and amazing hotels where a vacationer can stay. The bad news is that the hotels on the strip are really pricey.

If you are on a budget, couch-surfing, staying in a hostel, or using Airbnb might be great alternatives to help avoiding a dent in your holiday budget.

With that said, we have compiled a list of some of the most amazing hotels on the Sunset strip.

 

The Standard

One of the Sunset strip's marquee hotels is the Standard.
One of the Sunset strip’s marquee hotels is The Standard Hotel.

The Standard on the Sunset strip is one of Hollywood’s marquee hotels. Just like it’s other location on 6th street downtown, it is defined by amazing and modern architecture, great interiors, a cool nightclub and lest not forget the in house restaurant serves amazing pancakes.

 

Andaz West

Andaz West on the Sunset Strip  Hollywood
Andaz West on the Sunset Strip

Hotel Andaz West is a staple on the Sunset Strip. This hotel has in-house dining and a swimming pool on the rooftop. As an added incentive, Hollywood blvd is just a stone throw away from this hotel.

 

Chateau Marmont

Chateau Marmont Sunset strip Hollywood
Celebrity Hangout Chateau Marmont is one the priciest hotels on the Sunset strip.

Chateau Marmont is the hotel to stay if you want the ultimate Hollywood experience during your stay.

This hotel is modeled after a castle and features an outdoor swimming pool that is heated and surrounded by a garden.

It is also the favorite hang out for the Hollywood elite as it has almost become a rite of passage for celebrities to choose this hotel when they are in town for work.

Chateau Marmont is very expensive and yet sells out it’s rooms quickly so plan accordingly.

 

Hotel Mondrian

Hotel Mondrian Sunset strip Hollywood
The Skybar is the Rooftop Pool At The Mondrian Hotel.

This is another awesome hotel on the Sunset strip. It has a rooftop pool bar called “Skybar” that is one of the places to see and be seen in Los Angeles, California.

The hotel also has rooms with floor to ceiling windows. Just like some of the other famous Hotels on the strip guests can dine at the hotel’s in-house restaurant.

 

Other Hotels On The Sunset Strip

The hotels we profiled above are some the most prominent hotels on the strip but there are some others that deserve some consideration too. Please use the resources provided to search for other hotels and hostels on the strip.

  • Booking.com
  • agoda.com
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    Shopping On the Sunset Strip Hollywood

    Shopping on The Sunset Strip Hollywood
    The Sunset Plaza Outdoor shopping mall on the Sunset strip.

    The Sunset Strip has several options for shopping, from some high end boutiques on the strip to medium market boutiques, there is something for everyone here. Some of the best shopping options on the strip are

  • Sunset Plaza
  • 8000 Sunset Strip
  • Sunset and Vine
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    Nightlife

    The Sunset strip just like it’s sister strip Hollywood Boulevard has an amazing nightlife scene that ranges from high end clubs that require bottle service and a dress code to get past the velvet ropes to laid back lounges and pubs. We have compiled a list of some must visit spots on the Sunset strip.

  • Skybar
  • 1oak
  • Happy Ending
  • Bootsy Bellows
  • Whisky a gogo
  • Viper Room
  • Sunset Trocadero
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    Restaurants

    The Sunset strip has so many great restaurants to choose from. So many that it would take several pages to list them all. However we have decided to focus on a few of those restaurants because of their landmark status on the Sunset strip.

  • Pinches Tacos
  • Carneys
  • Sunset Thai
  • Toi on Sunset
  • Boa Steakhouse
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    Other Things To Do On The Sunset Strip Hollywood

    Yes! There is more the Sunset strip has to offer. There are other cultural activities to partake in while on the strip. Some include:

  • Visiting the Comedy Store
  • The Sunset Music Festival


  • We hope we were able to give you a great snap shot of things to do and see on the Sunset strip Hollywood. Next we head over to Koreatown, another intriguing part of Los Angeles, California. Till then, Keep traveling.

    Discovering Los Angeles – Hollywood Nightlife

    Bottle Service At A Nightclub in Hollywood California
    Bottle Service At A Nightclub in Hollywood California

    Hollywood California Nightlife

    A night out in Hollywood California, would definitely convince anyone who knows the right hot spots that Hollywood has some of the world’s best nightlife.

    Hollywood, has a unique culture of its own anchored squarely on who you know, what you wear, and how much cash you are willing to splash on a given night out.

    After all, Hollywood is home to a thriving fashion and movie industry that has its tentacles firmly wrapped around the globe.



    There are several nightclubs, bars and restaurants that cater to all the celebrated personalities and celebutantes that the fore-mentioned industries produce.

    In this post, we take an inside look at some the best places to go for a night out in Hollywood California, the best ways to get past the Velvet rope, what to expect once in the clubs and other great nightlife alternatives in Hollywood California.

    Best Nightclubs and Bars In Hollywood California

    A Snapshot of A nightclub in Hollywood California
    A Snapshot of A nightclub in Hollywood California

    The landscape of Hollywood nightlife is quite diverse. With a range that goes from high-end clubs that cater to L.A’s high rollers to medium-end clubs that most people go to and then on to regular bars and pubs on Hollywood boulevard where you can just go to watch some live music, down some beers, and not have to deal with a pretentious Hollywood bouncer.

    The High-End Clubs

    Bottle service maids holding flares to acknowledge a patron's purchase of bottle service
    A Hostess holding flares to acknowledge a patron’s purchase of bottle service

    On the high-end, we have clubs like Project Club L.A., Playhouse, Supper Club, and, 1 OAK LA. These clubs have high face control going on, if you are male your chances of gaining entrance into one of these clubs will depend solely on the number of females you are with or your willingness to part way with several hundreds of dollars for a V.I.P. table.

    There are other ways to get in which include knowing a promoter at the door or simply slipping the bouncer a few dollar bills to see if he can let you and your friends into the clubs.

    Short of all these options you will find your self waiting in line with no end in sight. Our advice is that you call ahead of time to make a table reservation or find out how you can get on a guest list.

    If you are female, you definitely want to be in your best outfit and if you are male you definitely want to make sure you have several female friends with you. Guy to girl ratio is something most Hollywood California nightclubs are really concerned about.

    For more on high-end night clubs in Hollywood we have decided to provide a very useful resource; JetsetReport.com.

    The Medium-End Clubs

    The Hollywood and Highland Shopping Center In Hollywood, California
    The Hollywood and Highland Shopping Center In Hollywood California

    If you are not a celebrated personality, a trust fund baby then you will most likely be spending most of your nights at establishments like these.

    A good example of clubs like these are Ohm Nightclub located in the Hollywood and Highland shopping center just off Hollywood Boulevard.

    At establishments like these, there is no need to know the club promoter or bouncer, there is no face-control either, and, bottle service is optional. You simply pay the entrance fee to get into the nightclub and that’s it you are in.

    For more on clubs like these please use this helpful resource we have provided; Nightclubs in Hollywood.

    The Bars And Pubs

    The third and final option are the several bars and pubs that litter the several side streets just off Hollywood boulevard. These are fun and merry places to go where the drinks are sanely priced and the focus is on getting wasted and having a good time.

    The cool thing about bars like these is that there is usually a live band playing and one spends a fraction of what a patron normally spends at some of the bigger Hollywood nightclubs.

    So there it is, now that we have given you a profile on Hollywood nightlife, we shall head onto profile Hollywood’s sister high profile strip


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  • Discovering Los Angeles – Intro

    Travel Pic of Downtown L.A.

    Los Angeles-Intro.

    During some of our travels overseas, we ran into several people who lamented the fact that they did not have an enjoyable time when they traveled to Los Angeles (L.A).

    The city was too big, too mysterious, and people were too unfriendly and superficial. More so, they complained they didn’t know exactly where to go or what to do outside the usual recommendations of other travel guides



    We have taken it upon ourselves to right this wrong and show our friends Los Angeles for what it really is — especially, through the lens of a local.

    Los Angeles has so many amazing neighborhoods, an awesome fashion scene, great weather, beach towns, universities, nightlife, and an amazing mix of cultures that makes it a permanent contender for title of “the world’s best city”.

    L.A. simply has it all and while the city might seem overwhelming at first, if you know where to look, a trip to L.A. could amount to a life changing experience.

    To give our friends or anyone else visiting L.A. in the near future a better look into this amazing city in southern California, we have decided to come up with a “blueprint” on how to travel through L.A.



    Some Information About Los Angeles

    Location: California, U.S.A
    Population: 4 Million (2017 Census)
    Largest Industries: Entertainment, Fashion
    Largest Universities: University of Southern California, University of Los Angeles, California
    Transportation: Automobile (Primary), Metro, Buses, Peer-to-peer ride sharing.
    Accommodation, Food and Beverage: Very Expensive ($$$)
    Seasons: Summer all year round with some rain

    Neighborhoods To Discover While In Los Angeles.

  • Downtown
  • Little Tokyo
  • China Town
  • Westwood
  • Hollywood
  • The Sunset Strip
  • Koreatown
  • Echo Park
  • Atwater Village
  • Melrose District
  • Los Feliz
  • Silverlake
  • Thai Town
  • Little Bangladesh
  • Little Ethiopia
  • Miracle Mile
  • Fairfax
  • Boyle Heights
  • Eagle Rock
  • Studio City
  • Pasadena
  • Beverly Hills
  • Century City
  • Culver City
  • Bel Air
  • Brent Wood
  • Sherman Oaks
  • Pacific Palisades
  • El Porto
  • Sunland-Tujunga
  • Beach Towns
  • Other Must See Attractions



  • In our next post, we will take an in depth look into one of the fastest growing and up and coming neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Stay tuned to the press

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  • Discovering Los Angeles – Downtown

  • Discovering Los Angeles – Westwood

    Westwood Los Angeles
    Westwood Los Angeles. One of the more affluent neighborhoods in L.A.

    Westwood Los Angeles

    Westwood is another cool spot to hang out in Los Angeles(L.A.). It is home to the University of California Los Angeles (U.C.L.A.) which makes it an ideal place to visit if you ever travel to Los Angeles.

    There are several things to do in this town located on the west side of Los Angeles. From hitting up O’Hara’s, U.C.L.A’s flagship pub to stopping by Diddy Reese cookies (A staple if you are a local), there is just so much to do in Westwood that just like Downtown Los Angeles it might as well be a city within a city.

    Getting There….




    As we stated in previous posts, L.A. is not very public transportation friendly, our honest advice would be to rent a car if you decide to travel to L.A.

    If however, you are on a budget and you decide to use our public transport. Use the Bus schedules map to find bus and metro routes to Westwood Los Angeles.

    Things to do once there….

    There are tons of things to do in this part of town and once you get on Westwood blvd in Westwood Los Angeles, you will be immediately confronted with a bevy of shops, bars, restaurants and farmers markets.

    We have compiled a list of some must do activities for anyone who visits Westwood Los Angeles to partake in.

    Visit The Backyard At The W Hotel

    The Backyard At The W Hotel Westwood  Los Angeles
    The Backyard At The W Hotel Westwood Los Angeles

    The Backyard at the W Hotel in Los Angeles is the perfect place to get some cocktails and some sun if you are in Westwood.

    The Backyard has happy hour between 5pm and 7pm Mondays to Fridays. The W Hotel itself has other bars besides the backyard which are also fun to get a drink or two during the weekend.

    Grab Some Shisha at Habibi Cafe

    Habibi Cafe is a popular hookah lounge in Westwood Los Angeles
    Habib is a popular hookah lounge in Westwood Los Angeles

    Habibi Cafe is Westwood Los Angeles’ premier hookah lounge and this part of town is usually packed with patrons and students from UCLA during the weekend nights. It is also a great spot to hang out post party as they are open till about 5 a.m. in the morning.



    Stop By Diddy Riese

    Diddy Riese Cookies Westwood Los Angeles
    People Queueing Outside Diddy Riese Cookies Westwood Los Angeles

    If you have a sweet tooth and you are in Westwood Los Angeles, it is almost a rite of passage to stop by Diddy Riese. There is always a queue of people waiting at their chance to get their hands on some delicious delights from this store.

    The treats here are made from scratch and baked fresh all day, so you are guaranteed a wetting of your appetite if you stopped by here.

    Grab Some Mediterranean Food At Gypsy Cafe

    Gypsy Cafe Westwod Los Angeles
    Gypsy Cafe Westwod Los Angeles

    The Gypsy Cafe is literarily opposite Habibi. Gypsy Cafe doubles as a Hookah lounge and a restaurant that serves traditional and Mediterranean dishes.

    Happy hour is on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with $3 Beers all day. On Mondays through Thursdays $12 Hookah’s are serves as are $5 Cocktails from 3pm – 8PM.

    Stop By The Weekly Farmer’s Market

    The Weekly Westwood Village Farmers Market
    The Weekly Westwood Village Farmers Market

    The Westwood Village Farmer’s Market just right by UCLA is a weekly market on Thurday’s from 12 pm till 6 pm that features live concerts, locally grown organic foods, and arts and crafts.

    The farmer’s market is put together by local businesses who want to display their wares. The one feature that we love about this place are their free samples.

    The farmer’s market is located on 1083 Broxton Ave, Los Angeles, CA and if you can, get there early for free parking.

    Grab A Beer Or Two At OHara’s

    Ohara Is The Flagship Bar Of UCLA Students
    Ohara’s Is The Flagship Bar Of UCLA Students

    Ohara’s is to UCLA, what the 901 bar and grill is to the University of Southern California. This pub is basically the flagship bar of students from UCLA.

    They have a great beer selection, great music and an all around great vibe. There is no better place in Westwood Los Angeles to get a feel of college scene in Westwood Los Angeles.

    Pay Westwood Village A Visit

    Westwood Village in Westwood Los Angeles.
    Westwood Village in Westwood Los Angeles.

    Westwood Village encompasses shopping stalls, a movie theatre, and much more, but what is most unique about this spot is the fact that you can watch live music, buy some food from outdoor food trucks and watch outdoor movies.



    A trip to Westwood Los Angeles would not be complete without paying Westwood Village a visit.

    We hope you enjoyed our party trail of Westwood Los Angeles, after this, we will continue our discovery of Los Angeles by heading to a more famous part of town….Hollywood. Till then, stay tuned to the post and party on!!!

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  • Discovering Los Angeles – Hollywood During The Day

    The Iconic Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, California
    The Omnipresent Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, California

    Hollywood Los Angeles

    Hollywood Los Angeles, is the world’s premier entertainment powerhouse. Anyone who watches movies knows the name Hollywood is synonymous with the California’s movie industry and rightly so.

    There are very few film industry strongholds that come close to the influence and revenues generated by Hollywood’s films. However, it is also a great place to vacation if you know where to go and what to do while down in Hollywood Los Angeles.

    Getting To Hollywood Los Angeles.

    There are several ways a traveler can get to Hollywood Los Angeles. One would be to simply rent a car, another would be to get on the red line and stop at the “Hollywood and Vine” or “Hollywood and Highland” metro stops.



    There are also several buses that run to and from Hollywood Los Angeles. A great public transportation resource to get around Hollywood Los Angeles is The Los Angeles Bus and Metro System.

    The Iconic Hollywood Walk Of Fame in Hollywood Los Angeles
    The Iconic Hollywood Walk Of Fame in Hollywood Los Angeles

    Things to do once in Hollywood Los Angeles

    Hollywood Los Angeles is an awesome destination no matter what time of the day you decide to pay it a visit. There are tons of tourist attractions to keep you busy during the day and at night. We have compiled a list of things to do during the day while you are in Hollywood Los Angeles.

    Visit The Hotel Roosevelt

    The Hotel Roosevelt is a landmark in Hollywood Los Angeles
    The Hotel Roosevelt on 7000 Hollywood Blvd is a landmark in Hollywood Los Angeles

    The Roosevelt hotel located on 7000 Hollywood Boulevard, is a staple amongst celebrated personalities and locals alike in Los Angeles. There are several bars in the hotel where one can stop to quench their thirst while sightseeing in Hollywood Los Angeles. Because a lot of celebrities like to hang out here, the possibility of a celebrity sighting is quite high.

    All the fore mentioned would make for a great outing to this Hollywood staple but what we love the most about “The Roosevelt” is the pool side bar named “The Tropicana”. It is a great place to soak up some Sun in the ever present sunny weather Los Angeles is known for.

    The Tropicana Pool bar in Hollywood Los Angeles
    The Tropicana Pool bar at The Roosevelt Hotel

    Visit The W Hotel

    The W Hotel in Hollywood Los Angeles
    The W Hotel in Hollywood Los Angeles

    The W Hotel is another staple in Hollywood Los Angeles, even though it is much newer than Hotel Roosevelt, it is has quickly become one of the go to places in Hollywood during the day.



    There is a bar at the top known as Drais that doubles as a restaurant and poolside bar during the day. There are several activities that go on here during the day during the summer also. It gets pretty interesting up there so be prepared.

    A summer snapshot of the Poolside at The W Hotel
    A summer snapshot of the Poolside at The W Hotel

    Hang Out At Madame Tussauds

    Madam Tussauds on 6933 Hollywood Boulevard
    Madam Tussauds on 6933 Hollywood Boulevard

    If you spend your time in Hollywood and don’t get to see or meet any celebrities, you can always head over to Madam Tussauds Hollywood Los Angeles to kill some time, take pictures, and hang out with the wax figures of celebrities.

    There are wax figures of everyone here from sports personalities like Kobe Bryant to movie personalities like Leonardo Di Caprio. For more information, you can visit the Madam Tussauds Website

    Go Shopping At Hollywood And Highland Center

    The Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood Los Angeles
    The Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood Los Angeles

    The Hollywood and Highland center located on 6801 Hollywood Boulevard, is great during the day for shopping, as it is home to several name brand stores.

    There are also several restaurants and coffee shops where you can grab a nice meal or stop to rest your legs and quench your thirst after a long day of walking around sightseeing in Hollywood.

    There are also some nightclubs at this mall where you can go dancing but more on that later. For more information you can visit The Hollywood & Highland Center Website

    Watch “Street Acts” On Hollywood Boulevard

    There are lots of Street Acts on Hollywood Boulevard.
    There are lots of Street Acts on Hollywood Boulevard.

    Walking down Hollywood boulevard, one would quickly notice the dizzying amount of street performers that line the sidewalks. These are usually actors who are yet to make it into the Hollywood film industry.

    Hence they have decided to take their talents to the streets, usually dressed in elaborate costumes, you will find people dressed as your favorite movie or comic characters. In exchange for a small tip you can take a picture with one of the characters on Hollywood Blvd.

    Visit Roscoe’s Chicken And Waffles

    Roscoes Chicken And Waffles
    Roscoes Chicken And Waffles

    When we were told to add eating at this restaurant to our list of things to do in Hollywood Los Angeles, we thought it was all hype, because our sources swore this restaurant had some of the best chicken and waffles on the entire American continent.

    President Obama at Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles.
    President Obama at Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles.

    To top if off, eating here is a staple amongst locals. We decided to stop by and give it try and goodness they were right.

    Our source boasted that the food here is so good that President Obama took time out of his busy schedule to see what all the fuss was about and he left just as convinced. For more information visit roscoeschickenandwaffles.com

    Watch Live Performances At The Dolby Theatre

    The Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Blvd.
    The Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Blvd.

    The Dolby Theatre known formerly as the Kodak theatre is a great place to watch live performances while in Hollywood Los Angeles.

    It is also used by the Academy of Motion Pictures and the performing arts to host the popular Oscar Awards ceremony. For more information on tickets and live performances visit The Dolby Theatre Website

    Watch A Movie Premier At The Chinese Grauman Theatre

    The Grauman's Chinese Theatre
    The Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Image courtesy www.wikimediacommons.org

    The Chinese Grauman Theatre is an iconic and grand theater right in the heart of Hollywood Los Angeles that hosts movie premieres and immortalizes the palm prints and footprints of movie stars.

    It is a great place to have an authentic movie viewing experience while in Hollywood Los Angeles. For more information visit The Chinese Grauman Theatre Website

    Watch Live Performances At The Ricardo Montalban Theatre

    Ricardo Montalban
    The Ricardo Montalbano Theatre. Image Courtesy: www.prweb.com

    New York has Broadway and Los Angeles has the Ricardo Montalban Theatre, built in 1926, it was originally designed to host touring performing acts.

    In recent times, there has been a renewal of the theatre and you can watch local actors showcasing their talents as they perform on stage. For more information visit The Montalban Website

    There it is, we have given you a snapshot of what to do in Hollywood Los Angeles by day, in our next post we will give you a snapshot of what the nightlife scene in Hollywood is like. So stay tuned to the press.



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  • 9 Awesome Spring Break Destinations


    Video Courtesy: Studentcity.com

    9 Spring Break Destinations You Must Visit In 2015.

    Every year between the months of March and April, tons of college students dump their books, grab their mankinis and bikinis, and head for some of the most awe inspiring beaches in the world. Since we are approaching that time of the year again we have decided to compile a list of some of the best beaches in the world to party over spring break.

    Panama city beach Florida

    pictures from spring break in florida
    Springbreak revelers on the beach. Photo courtesy: www.tallahasseescene.com

    Panama city beach, Florida is a favorite spring break destination for college kids that attend schools in America’s southern-most states. Each year there is a great line up of awesome DJ’s from around the world. The main headliners for 2015’s spring break are Kaskade, Diplo, DADA Life. The best resorts to stay while on Spring break at Panama city beach are; Holiday Inn resorts, Seaheaven Resort, Sandpiper Beacon Resort and The Chateau Motel.
    Visit pc beach spring break for more information about spring breaking in Panama City Beach Florida

    Zrce Beach, Croatia

    Spring Break Revelers in Europe. Photo Courtesy: www.novaljafestivals.com
    Spring Break Revelers in Europe. Photo Courtesy: www.novaljafestivals.com

    To be honest, the concept of taking off during your break in the spring semester and heading off to some sunny locale where one can indulge in more hedonism than the human body can handle is still largely a North American concept. However, the idea is catching on in Europe spring break revelers seem to have made Zrce beach in Croatia, their destination of choice. Spring break this year is in June. For more information visit zrce spring break

    Cancun, Mexico

    Aerial View Of Cancun, Mexico. Photo Courtesy: www.airpano.com
    Aerial View Of Cancun, Mexico. Photo Courtesy: www.airpano.com

    Cancun Mexico, has traditionally been the default spring break destination for years. The inception music festival usually takes place here, and, a great option for accommodation while in Cancun is “The Oasis Cancun”. There are daily pool parties, great DJ line ups and an insanely electric atmosphere. For more information regarding spring break cancun visit Student City

    Cabo San Lucas

    Cabo San Lucas. Photo Courtesy: www.calendar77.com
    Cabo San Lucas. Photo Courtesy: www.calendar77.com

    Cabo San Lucas is a city at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, in the Mexican state of Baja California. This destination is so popular that it got it’s own show. Cabo San Lucas is usually featured on E! Television’s “Wild On”. Cabo San Lucas is a favored destination amongst spring breakers mostly from America’s southwest, Mexico and Canada. We would strongly suggest everyone attending to get a party passport for free drinks and VIP discounts. For more information about a spring break vacation to Cabo San Lucas visit Swat up Spring break

    Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

    Punta Cana, Domican Republic Photo Courtesy: puntacanaphotos.com
    Punta Cana, Domican Republic. Photo Courtesy: puntacanaphotos.com

    This gem in the Carribean is defined by crystal clear waters and a 22-mile stretch of white sand. Punta Cana Spring Break 2015 offers great activities like quad biking, exotic jungle safaris, and, helicopter tours. Let’s not forget there will be lots of partying too. Your best bet is to stay at one of the all inclusive resorts on the beach. For more information visit Student City

    Puerto Vallarta , Mexico

    A Hotel Resort in Puerto Vallarta
    A Hotel Resort in Puerto Vallarta. Photo Courtesy: Krystal Vallarta resort.

    The city of Puerto Vallarta in Mexico is perfectly centered in between the mountains of Puerto Vallarta Bay and Sierra Madre del Sur. Spring Break in Puerto Vallarta is a perfect mix of countless beaches, great shopping, rich history, and world-class nightclubs, Puerto Vallarta is simply a spring-breakers dream come true. For more information on spring break in Puerto Vallarta, please visit Sts Travel

    Puerto Plata, Puerto Rico

    spring break in Puerto Plata. Photo Courtesy:
    spring break in Puerto Plata. Photo Courtesy: www.riu.com

    Puerto Plata, Puerto Rico is another amazing spring break destination. With great nightclubs, awesome hotel resorts and some off the chain tours of the island. It is very well worth the money spent to get to this paradise on earth. To find out more about Puerto Plata, please visit CVS Spring Break

    Varadero, Cuba

    Varadero, Cuba. Photo Courtesy: Cuba-junky.com
    Varadero, Cuba. Photo Courtesy: Cuba-junky.com

    Unfortunately for most Americans, they can’t hit up Cuba for spring break just yet, but that might change soon. In the meantime however, let’s just keep Varadero on our radar. Other nationalities though get to visit this awesome spring break location. For more information, visit CVS Spring Break

    Nassau, Bahamas

    Spring Breakers in Nassau, Bahamas.  Photo Courtesy:  gradcity.com
    Spring Breakers in Nassau, Bahamas. Photo Courtesy: gradcity.com

    Is renowned for it’s miles of spectacular beaches and vivid coral reefs which are great for snorkeling. Bay Street, is also a great place to shop, grab some local food and some drinks. The spring break scene centers around Atlantis paradise Island featuring nightclubs like Senor Frogs and Aura nightclub. If you need more information about what other spring break activities you can get into you can visit STS Travel


    9 Websites Every Savvy Traveler Must Use

    Travel can be an amazing experience, seeing new things, talking to new people, making new friends, eating new foods and indulging in a culture completely foreign to yours can make for a life changing experience.

    Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t get to experience the benefits of travel due to the costs associated with it. Travel is not a necessity and still a luxury for many.

    To make matters worse, if you get bitten by the travel bug and go on one too many vacations, it can eat deep into your finances in the long run.



    Some people however, have been able to figure out ways to reduce the costs often associated with travel. These savvy travelers often leave less informed travelers wondering how they get to trott the globe as much as they do.

    Well, because we love our readers so much, we have decided to come up with a list of websites that can make you too a savvy traveler.

    List Of Nine Websites For Every Savvy Traveler

    Note: Click on the images below to visit the listed websites.

  • 1. Theflightdeal.com
  • The flight deal is an awesome tool for the savvy traveler
    The flight deal is an awesome tool for the savvy traveler

    This website is ideal for travelers in the U.S.A. It is great because it scours the internet for ridiculously low fares from some of America’s major city to destinations all around the world.

    You might ask what is the difference between this site and say skyscanner for instance? The difference is that the guys at this site use a combination of tools, insider connections, and glitches in the system to find you fares you won’t find anywhere else on the web.



    I mean where else on the internet can you find a fare from Los Angeles to Paris for $681 with taxes included or a flight from L.A. to Australia for $1,000. This tool is definitely a must have for every savvy traveler.

    2. Thepointsguy.com

    The Points guy gives you tips on the best ways to use points to become a savvy traveler
    The Points guy gives you tips on the best ways to use points for travel

    This website basically teaches you how to accumulate and use points to fund your travels. They let you know what credit cards are offering the best rewards programs or the best hotel loyalty programs to sign up for.

    An example is Barclays, who just introduced a credit card that is perfect for the savvy traveler. It gives users 40,000 bonus miles if they spend $3000 within the first 3 months of signing up for the card. We got that piece of information thanks to thepointsguy.com

    3. The Google ITA matrix software

    The matrix its software is a tool for the savvy traveler that is an aggregate of all the flight prices online
    The matrix its software is an aggregate of all the flight prices online

    The ITA google matrix is an amazing tool for the savvy traveler, using aggregate technology, this website finds the lowest airline fares by scouring all the indexed flight websites on google’s search engine.

    It works best if you know what month you want to travel but are flexible with your dates. All you have to do next is enter what month you want to travel and it will show you what airlines offer the lowest fares for your desired month of travel.

    Did we mention that you can also customize your search to route through whatever airport you might like or the number of stops that suit you during your trip.

    4. johnnyjet.com

    Johnny Jet is a blog that gives useful tips on savvy travel
    Johnny Jet is a blog that gives savvy travelers useful tips

    This is a blog (yes another blog!!!) that has been around for quite some time and the author uses his years of experience in the travel industry to give you tips on how to get the best fares and deals so you can save some money on flights and accommodation.

    5. Airfarewatchdog.com

    Airfarewatchdog.com gives you the best deals using human search
    Airfarewatchdog.com gives you the best deals using human search

    Airfarewatchdog lists low fares that are found and verified by real people. Their dealhounds check fares on all airlines, from the major carriers to the little guys. They even list promo codes and airline site-only fares you can’t find on other sites.

    This website must be in every savvy travelers tool box. All you have to do is provide your name and email address, what airports you are flying out of and they will do the searching for you until they get a fare low enough for you to purchase.

    6. Couchsurfing.com

    couchsurfing.com is an innovative way a savvy traveler can save money on accommodation
    couchsurfing.com is an innovative way to save money on accommodation

    Travel, as we mentioned earlier, can be expensive and one aspect of the whole experience that can really eat into your travel funds is paying for accommodation.

    Casey Fenton, one of the founders of couchsurf knew this when he set up this accommodation exchange and social networking website. All you have to do is go through the verification process or pay a yearly fee of $25 and start staying with locals when you travel.

    Not only do you get the advantage of cheap travel, you also get to be shown around town by your host.

    7. Airbnb.com

    Airbnb is tool for a savvy traveler that can let you rent everything from a room to a castle abroad
    With Airbnb you can rent everything from a room to a castle abroad

    If you don’t have the funds to pay for a hotel, a good option would be to just rent a room, an apartment, or a whole house in your chosen destination.

    The rates are usually significantly less than what you would pay for a hotel. This resource is not without controversy, some hotel unions in cities like New York are so upset with Airbnb, that they are trying to get a ban on individuals renting out their apartments to travelers.

    8. nerdwallet.com

    A great guide on how to use credit cards wisely when traveling
    A great resource for finding the best credit cards suited for travel

    Nerd wallet is another website that alerts you on how to rack up points for your next travels. They give advice on what credit cards are best for savvy travelers to sign up for or what hotel reward programs you need to be a part of.

    9. homeexchange.com

    Home exchange is great for travelers who want exchange homes for free accommodation abroad.
    Home exchange is great for travelers who want exchange homes for free accommodation abroad.

    Home exchange is a social networking website that allows you to swap your apartment or home with a local in another country.

    That way you get free accommodation in your destination of choice while providing another traveler with the same benefit.



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  • Discovering Los Angeles – Chinatown

    The gate with 2 Dragons marks the entrance to Chinatown Los Angeles
    The gate with 2 Dragons marks the entrance to Chinatown Los Angeles

    Discovering Chinatown Los Angeles

    Chinatown is another one of Los Angeles’ unique neighborhoods, just on the outskirts down town Los Angeles Read blog post here. A massive gate with 2 dragon sculptures at the top encloses Chinatown. It is located right on the intersection of Cesar E. Chavez Blvd and N. Broadway Street.

    Chinatown Los Angeles is a foodie’s paradise, and when we visited this district there were so many Chinese bakeries and restaurants to choose from. Anyone visiting Chinatown Los Angeles has to make sure they visit the following landmarks to get a proper feel of this amazing district.



    Shop At The Chinese Markets

    The Chinese Markets along the side of the street.
    The Chinese Markets along the side of the street.

    If you are into East Asian literature, crafts, herbs, spices, or food, you will find the Chinese markets and stalls more than enough here to keep you occupied.

    Listen To Jazz At The Grand Star Jazz Club

    The Grandstar Jazz Club in Chinatown Los Angeles
    The Grandstar Jazz Club in Chinatown Los Angeles

    This club has been in Chinatown since 1946, but don’t be fooled by it’s location, it’s a restaurant that also doubles as a nightclub and Jazz bar and depending on the night you go, you might be treated to some Old school hip hop, Dj mixes, or new generation Hip Hop.

    See Dr. Sun Sat Yen’s Statue

    Statue of Dr. Sun Sat Yen a Chinese revolutionary 1st president and founding father of the Republic of China.
    Dr. Sun Sat Yen a Chinese revolutionary 1st president and founding father of the Republic of China.

    Doctor Sun Sat Yen was a Chinese revolutionary, first president, and founding father of the Republic of China. His statue if placed right in the center of the Chinatown Plaza.

    Pay Homage AT The Statue of the Legendary Bruce Lee




    Pay Homage To The Statue Of The Legendary Bruce Lee
    Pay Homage To The Statue Of The Legendary Bruce Lee

    Need we say more? Bruce Lee, was a legendary martial artist from Hong Kong, who came to Hollywood, declined demeaning roles and bucked existing trends in the 1970’s to become a leading action figure on the silver screen. A sculpture of this great martial artist is placed in Chinatown in his honor.

    Visit The Amazing Bakeries

    There are tons of affordable bakeries in downtown Los Angeles
    There are tons of affordable bakeries in downtown Los Angeles

    Chinatown has several bakeries that sell baked goods at prices much lower than what you would find in other parts of Los Angeles, beware though, your waistline could quickly get out of hand. The baked goods here are that good.

    Blossom Vietnamese Restaurant

    Blossom Chinese Restaurant in Chinatown Los Angeles
    Blossom Chinese Restaurant in Chinatown Los Angeles

    A classy restaurant with three locations in Los Angeles, this is another great restaurant to indulge your appetite, if you love East Asian Cuisine.

    Thanks for reading, in our next post, we head to another dynamic neighborhood in Los Angeles. Westwood to be exact, home to The University of California, Los Angeles (U.C.L.A.), and a lot more.



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  • Discovering Los Angeles – Little Tokyo

    Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

    Little Tokyo Los Angeles

    Little Tokyo, Los Angeles is technically located in the downtown area of Los Angeles.(Read post on downtown Los Angeles here).

    That being said, this part of L.A. is so unique that is deserves it’s own separate post. Little Tokyo or Japan town as some people like to call it, is one of the three Japanese enclaves in the United States of America.



    Little Tokyo is a foodie’s paradise as there are numerous restaurants in this area serving some of the best Sushi, Udon, Ramen and Noodles. Little Tokyo encompasses 1st, 2nd, and some parts of 3rd street downtown Los Angeles. Intersecting these streets, you have S San Pedro Street, S Alameda Street and Onikuza street.

    Getting To Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

    Taking the Gold line will get you directly to Little Tokyo
    Taking the Gold line get you directly to Little Tokyo

    As we advised earlier, the best way to get around Los Angeles is by car but if you are visiting the city and getting around by public transportation, your best best would be to use the Metro Gold Line. There is a stop on the gold line that takes you directly into Little Tokyo.

    Things To Do in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

    1. Visit The Japanese American National Museum

    The Japanese National Museum in Little Tokyo

    The Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo is a great way to immerse oneself in the Japanese American community in Los Angeles.

    Visitors get free general admission every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and all day every third Thursday of the month. General Admission for paying adults is $9.00 while paying students pay $4.00 for admission.

    2. Go Singing At The Oiwake Karaoke Restaurant

    oiwake Japanese Restaurant in Little Tokyo

    Located at 122 Japanese village plaza mall, in Little Tokyo, Oiwake is great for those of you who love Karaoke. The restaurant has 150 seats and a menu is also available to fit any budget. Weekend reservations are recommended.



    3. Get Spiritual At The Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple

    hongwanji-temple in Little Tokyo Los Angeles
    Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple. Photo Courtesy: U.S. Japanese Gardens

    The Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple in Little Tokyo offers an environment that cultivates spirituality and individual exploration based on the Buddhadharma.

    If you want to embrace some spirituality while you are in Los Angeles, stopping by this temple is a good idea. They are located on 505 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA

    4. Listen to live music at Blue Whale Jazz Bar

    Blue Wave Jazz Bar in Little Tokyo Los Angeles
    Musicians playing live music at Blue Wave. Photo Courtesy: blog.digitaltavern.com

    The Blue Whale jazz bar holds a whole host of different jazz artist on different nights of the week. Located at Weller Court on 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St #301, Los Angeles, CA 90012. If you love Jazz music or live music then you will enjoy your visit to The Blue Whale Jazz bar.

    5. Eat At Far Bar

    Far Bar Little Tokyo, Los Angeles
    Photo Courtesy: bunboyeatsla

    Far Bar offers a wide assortment of Asian Fusion, Bar Food, Sushi and Cocktails. To get discounted drinks, it is best to go during their happy hour which lasts from 3pm to 7pm from Tuesdays till Fridays and 3pm till close on Sundays and Mondays.

    6. Go Shopping At The Japanese Village Plaza

    Japanese Mall Plaza in Little Tokyo Los Angeles
    Japanese Mall Plaza in Little Tokyo Los Angeles

    The Japanese Village Plaza has a ton of Japanese oriented shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues that one can visit. There is a signature watch tower that is sort of a landmark to identify the plaza. It is located at 335 East 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA.

    7. Go Shopping At Pop Shop

    Shoppers at Q Pop Shop in little Tokyo.  los angeles
    Shoppers at Q Pop Shop in little tokyo. Photo Courtesy:QPopShop

    If you love Japanese street fashion, vinyl toys and art exhibits then this colorful retail store will serve all your needs. It is located on 128 Astronaut E S Onizuka St, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

    Thanks for reading, in our next post, we will be heading over to China Town, so stay tuned to the press.



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    Discovering Los Angeles – Downtown

    Downtown Los Angeles

    Any long time Los Angeleno would tell you there was a time when the phrase “downtown Los Angeles” evoked feelings of fear and revulsion amongst residents of Los Angeles. Downtown Los Angeles was crime-ridden and was usually desolate by 5pm.

    Everyone who worked downtown lived somewhere else and were on the freeways trying to get to their residences in other parts of the city like as fast as they could, once work was over.



    However, over the years, something interesting happened, some developers came up with the brilliant idea of building a massive entertainment center — L.A. Live right in the heart of downtown.

    The University of Southern California (U.S.C) also started buying up property surrounding its campus, chic residential buildings started to spring up and a massive renaissance took over downtown Los Angeles.

    A newly rejuvenated downtown is experiencing one its best boom years.
    Newly rejuvenated. Downtown Los Angeles is experiencing one its best boom years.

    A part of town that was once dreaded became one of the fastest growing areas in the city.

    More and more of the attorneys, bankers and students from the surrounding universities that previously fled downtown post-working hours chose instead to reside downtown.



    As a result of this, so many businesses have opened up to serve this burgeoning group of young, urban professionals.

    There is so much to do in the downtown area nowadays that it is possible to visit Los Angeles and not even have to venture to the more popular parts of town (Hollywood you are on notice!).

    In essence, downtown L.A. has become a mini-city within a city.

    Getting To Downtown Los Angeles

    We would strongly recommend that you rent a car during your visit to the city. All of Los Angeles is a commuter city, so, unlike New York, where the metro can take you everywhere,
    It is just not the same in L.A.

    With that being said, there is public transportation to and from the downtown area and we have listed some options below.

    By Metro

    The 7th Street metro stop is right in the heart of downtown L.A.
    The 7th Street metro stop is right in the heart of downtown L.A.

    Your best bet would be to get a “TAP card” at the metro station and take the red or purple line depending on what station you are coming from to either “7th street/Metro Center”, “Pershing Square”, or the “civic center” stops.

    By Bus

    Getting downtown Los angeles by bus is also a great option.
    Getting downtown Los angeles by bus is also a great option.

    To get around by bus. Please access the Bus Schedule

    Things To Do In Downtown Los Angeles

    Visit L.A. Live

    L.A. Live is one of downtown Los Angeles' premier entertainment venues
    L.A. Live on Olympic and Figueroa st. is downtown’s premier entertainment venue.

    L.A. Live is a massive entertainment complex which includes a movie theatre, the Staples center (home to the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers), if you like basketball and the Los Angeles Kings if you are a hockey fan.



    There are also a ton of restaurants, nightclubs and bars at L.A. Live. Seriously, this place has it all. It would probably take forever to be able to visit all the restaurants and bars that make up the entertainment complex.

    The standard downtown Los Angeles
    Rooftop pool parties occur here every week due to L.A. being sunny all year round.

    Attend A Pool Party At The Standard Hotel

    The Standard Hotel is one of the most prominent hotels downtown Los Angeles; they also have another branch on Sunset Boulevard. The Standard is special because of the rooftop pool parties they have during the summer. A Ping pong bar has recently been added to the Standard, so make sure you visit that too.

    The Standard was famous amongst a bevy of celebrities during the onset of this millennia but like all things L.A., The Standard cooled off the list of where celebrities like to hang. However, it is still super packed on Sundays especially during the summer months.



    Moreover, it is also one of the best places to have breakfast downtown Los Angeles(pancakes are ahhhmmmaaazzzing!!!) on any given day.

    Go Dancing At One Of The Many Nightclubs and Bars.

    A snapshot of nightlife in downtown los angeles
    A snapshot of nightlife in downtown los angeles

    There are tons of bars and restaurants in the downtown area and we have provided a list of some bars where locals like to hang out below.

    • Perch
    • Edison
    • Casey’s Irish Pub
    • Mas Malo
    • Redwood bar and grill
    • Salvage Lounge
    • Library bar
    • Seven Grand
    • The Edison
    • Dublins

    Mingle With Locals on Spring Street.

    If downtown L.A. were it’s own city, Spring Street would be what bourbon street is to New Orleans or 6th street is to Austin READ POST HERE.

    It used to be known as “Wall Street of the West” with a ton of restaurants, nightclubs and bars, all one has to do is stumble onto this street and the choice of where to party is up to you.

    Visit The Ritz Carlton

    Aerial View of Downtown Los Angeles.
    Aerial View of Downtown Los Angeles Showing The Ritz Carlton.

    The Ritz Carlton at L.A. Live is one of the most visible buildings downtown due to its blue tinted windows, and artistic design, it is almost impossible to miss it.

    There is a lounge in the lobby called the L.A. market burrata bar that is worth visiting. Also on the rooftop is Ion lounge, which is great for pool parties in the summer.

    Go Shopping At The Grand Central Market

    The Grand Central Market Downtown Los Angeles
    The Grand Central Market Downtown Los Angeles

    The Los Angeles Grand Central Market on 317 South Broadway street is the place to go if you want to grab a meal or want to shop for organic groceries. There are several stalls that sell almost every variety of food that one can think of.

    Let’s put it this way, the food available at this market reflects the diversity of the city of Los Angeles itself.

    Watch The L.A. Philharmonic At The Walt Disney Concert Hall

    The Walt Disney hall is famed for brilliant music by the L.A. Philharmonic
    The Walt Disney hall is famed for brilliant music by the L.A. Philharmonic

    The Walt Disney concert hall is the home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, if you are into classical music, this is a definitely a must visit. The architecture alone is breath taking and the hall has featured greats like Gustavo Dudamel, John Adams and, Herbie Hancock.

    Have A Walk Through Calle Olvera

    Spanish Influenced Olvera Street is a great place for shopping and dinning.
    Spanish Influenced Olvera Street is a great place for shopping and dinning.

    Calle Olvera (Olvera Street) is one of the oldest streets in all of Los Angeles and is famed for it’s Spanish influence. There is a lot to do here, from buying arts and crafts from local artisans to eating at many of the Spanish style restaurants.

     

    THE COLLEGE SCENE

    Game day at U.S.C.
    Game day at U.S.C.

    Downtown Los Angeles is home to several colleges but the more prominent colleges in this area are the University of Southern California (U.S.C.) the Fashion institute of design and merchandising (F.I.D.M.).



    While students from both colleges usually take time to hang out off campus, the students at U.S.C. have their own marquee bar on campus called “Traditions” or “Traddies”. At the end of 28th and Figueroa street there is another bar called “The 901 bar and grill”.

    The Marquee for bar for students at the "University of Southern California" downtown Los Angeles
    The flagship bar for students at the “U.S.C.” downtown L.A.

    This is the flagship bar for most USC students, known as “The 9-0” amongst the student body, it’s basically a sports bar where most students from U.S.C. go to blow off some steam in between classes.



    U.S.C. also has a strong commitment to greek life, so there will be lots of nights here where you run into ripped bros and equally gorgeous sorostitutes all affiliated with the school’s fraternities and sororities.

    “The Row”, adjacent to “The 9-0” is a strip on 28th street where most of the fraternity and sorority houses at U.S.C. are situated. There are open house parties on this street from time to time where non-greek and greek affiliates can go over to party and have a good time.

    While we are at it, make sure to pickup tickets at U.S.C’s football or basketball games, which can be a spectacle like none other or visit “Traditions” on the campus itself.

    The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.

    F.I.D.M, a fashion school in downtown Los Angeles that has an alumni list comprising of some of television’s most celebrated personalities.

    Unlike U.S.C., where students live on campus, F.I.D.M is more of a commuter school, so expect to run into students from this school at different venues when you are on a night about town.

    Most of the students attending F.I.D.M. also tend to congregate in downtown residential buildings like Pegasus, 717 Olympic, and “The Met.”

    In conclusion of our travel review of downtown Los Angeles, make sure you visit the “Fashion District” downtown for tons of street shopping.
    In our next blog post we will be heading to Little Tokyo. So stay tuned to the press.



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