The cleanest air in smoggy Los Angeles.
On average five to 10 degrees cooler than inland, which is a godsend during killer summer heat waves
Los Angeles International Airport is just 15 to 20 minutes on surface roads when there is little to zero traffic (though it can take 45 minutes with traffic).
Beverly Hills and Hollywood are, when there’s little traffic, just 15 to 20 minutes away by car.
The beaches have a wide variety of hotel options from luxury to budget roadside hotels.
Lots of restaurants, with many ethnic options from British pub food to sushi
A great place for a family-friendly stay in L.A. with plenty to keep kids busy: swimming, surfing, skateboarding , bicycling, fishing, and amusements at the Santa Monica Pier
The Strand is one of the best bicycle rides anywhere — a 22-mile paved trail that runs along the beach from Temescal Canyon just above Santa Monica to Torrance County Beach in South Redondo Beach.
Lots of great shopping in Santa Monica and Venice.