The Los Angeles Port is part of a region where one's hopes and dreams can be made into a larger than life reality. There is no other city like it on earth. At 34,000 square miles, it has something for everyone, whether you’re a TV or movie buff or an artist or beach bum, you’ll find your niche once docked at the Los Angeles port of call.
It’s nearly always warm in LA, at least during the afternoon hours. The warmest times to visit are late May through October, where average highs run from the mid to high 70’s to mid 80’s. From May through September you'll find rain scarce to non-existent.
West Hollywood seems to have the trendiest shopping in the Southland. There you will find sleek high fashion at Maxfield, couture to skateboard fashion at Fred Segal, and the latest denim trends at American Rag.
For south of the border leather goods, sandals, baskets, clothing and candles, take a walk along Olivera Street. The neighborhood is constantly alive with a background of live music and noisy cafes.
If you're in the market for high end fashion, you should at least window shop at Barneys of New York on the famed Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. This impressive one stop shop for ultra high fashion is also a good place to brush elbows with celebrities who are often seen dining at Barney Greengrass on the top floor.
Things to Do
One of the best places to see original artwork is the Museum of Contemporary Art, which features at least 20 different shows a year and has some of the top modern artists on permanent display. Some of those artists include Mark Rothko, Diane Arbus, and Susan Rothenberg.
Then there is of course the authentic staple of Southern California known as Disneyland. Many people are of the mind that once you have been to Disneyland in Florida or Disneyland overseas, it is pointless to see Disneyland of California. But the Los Angeles theme park is the only one once overseen by Walt Disney himself, and has many unique rides and features that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
When one thinks of the Los Angeles cruise terminal the subject of sports is bound to come up. The region boasts one of basketballs most historic franchises, the Lakers, two hockey teams and two baseball teams. With the weather so kind year round it is definitely conducive to watching outdoor sports.
Restaurants and Bars
Celebrity is big business in Los Angeles and so are celebrity chefs who can be seen catering to Hollywood’s A-List actors.
Patina is chef/owner Joachim Splichal’s flagship restaurant, serving a masterful menu of French cuisine, including caramelized halibut with mushroom ragut, a rack of venison, and a wonderful cote de boeul for two.
Beauty Bar offers manicures and makeovers to those who don’t need them, along with a martini. It just happens to be a cool place to hang out now.
Blue Velvet was carved out of an abandoned Holiday Inn in an eco-conscious apartment, where the poolside restaurant serves small dish menu items like crispy kurobuta pork belly, hamachi sashimi, or hanger steak with onion rings.