Discount (factory outlet) shopping near LAX
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Mar 14, 2011 4:03 PM Last Post By: CamG
Mar 11, 2011 4:35 PM
Mar 11, 2011 5:52 PM
1Don't ignore the "retail" shopping malls as they have to
compete the outlets.
to find close to LAX simple use Google MAPS
on the leftside of the map you'll see the words-
"SEARCH NEARBY" clik on it and a box will appear
type in outlet malls and you see ...your spoilt for choice
also google : "SIMONMALLS"
Mar 11, 2011 8:21 PM
2Yes, the Citadel is the closest factory outlet mall to LAX. If in fact you only have 6 hours from arrival of first flight to departure of second, going there would be crazy, though it's supposedly only 30 minutes (w/o traffic).
I'm not even sure you have time to visit Santa Monica, so look at the shopping options in Manhattan Beach - it's the area just south of LAX. There is a mall there and then a stretch that goes about a mile with lots of stores. The mall should have somewhere to drink, otherwise, there are restaurants in the area.
The only discount store I know of that's near there is the Mattel factory story (weekdays only) that's in El Segundo.
Mar 11, 2011 8:40 PM
3There really isn't anything too close to LAX that would be described as a "discount" outlet. The closest mall might be the Fox Hills Mall, but that is about a 20 minute drive from LAX and is your typical mall.
You would have to rent a car and drive to the Citadel from LAX. It would be a nightmare getting back in time for your flight if you get stuck in traffic.
Mar 11, 2011 9:01 PM
Mar 12, 2011 4:47 AM
56 hours nominal stopover at LAX is barely enough to leave the airport precinct.
Clearing security and checking in can take up to 2 hours. LA traffic at certain times of the day is all but impenetrable.
As to the Mall experience vis a vis Australia!!
Mar 14, 2011 2:46 AM
6As to the Mall experience vis a vis Australia!!
No, most Australians I know of comment on it being a lot cheaper to shop in the US.
Your flight is presumably around 9:00pm?? Not sure if that will make a difference trafficwise (check in around 6 - 7pm?) so someone US based may be able to answer that :)
Mar 14, 2011 1:00 PM
7If you have a few days in LA and want to both visit the outlets, I would suggest renting a car and going out to Camarillo Outlets. Much larger, tons more stores and therefore a better selection. It's about an hour from Santa Monica w/o traffic. You can even drive along the beach some of the way or all of the way.
There is also Cabazon Outlets in the direction of Palm Springs. Pretty much the same stores but fewer food options but there is a casino nearby if that interests you. Though it's about an hour farther, no beach and insanely hot in the summer.
Oh and even if you're going to the Citadel, I would still drive there, though you could take a bus (720) and cab from Santa Monica.
Mar 14, 2011 2:38 PM
8There's little reason to go to an outlet mall ever; it's often substandard merchandise with famous names, still made in China, at marked down prices that are still expensive.
Just go to a regular mall (Santa Monica Place being the nicest one within half an hour of LAX) and look for sales. It's a block from the beach, so she can shop but you don't have to. Good pub nearby too.
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