South el Monte, a city in the San Gabriel Valley area of Los Angeles county, is largely residential. However, its beautiful parks and surrounding areas offer some interesting tourist attractions and fine destinations for outdoor recreation. Book South el Monte hotels as a base for exploring the region, where you'll enjoy mountain views in every direction, a warm, sunny climate all year around, and easy access to shops and restaurants suitable for all budgets and desires.
Visiting South el Monte
Long Beach Municipal Airport (LGB) is 22 miles from South el Monte, and you'll have several options for transportation upon arrival. If you prefer to take public transportation, head to the Air Ground Transportation Center directly opposite the terminal building at LGB. Here you can pick up Long Beach Transit buses, which you will need to combine with Los Angeles Metro buses and the Metrolink Blue Line trains to get to hotels near South el Monte. Shared van and private limousine services can be arranged in advance, and you can get a taxi from the taxi stand outside the terminal. The most convenient option for many visitors is a rental car, available from one of five major car rental companies based at the transportation center. Having rental cars in South el Monte means you can easily reach local destinations like the 1,492-acre Whittier Narrows Recreation Area, one of the largest recreation areas in the county. It features three lakes where you can rent paddle boats and go fishing, a community garden, playgrounds, and equestrian, hiking and mountain-biking trails. Another delightful place to enjoy the great outdoors is the 400-acre Whittier Narrows Nature Center along the San Gabriel River. The nature reserve includes four lakes and beautiful riparian woodlands. With savings from great deals on hotels in Los Angeles, you can also hit the numerous shopping malls in neighboring West Covina.
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