Southern California. Where it all happens. The city of Los Angeles provides a lot of diversity from affluent suburbs such as Beverly Hills and Santa Monica to touristy Hollywood, across to edgy Venice Beach and not forgetting the South Central area of town. It’s such a wide scope of classes all mashed into one big metropolis.
I spent most of my time around Venice Beach and Santa Monica and highly recommend this part of town as a base. You have all you need here, good food, bars and pubs, shopping, all with the Pacific Ocean a few minutes away. You’re also well away from all of the tourist traps staying on the coast. Enjoy!