Los Angeles – 'the city of the angels' – the third richest city in the world, is the indisputable entertainment capital, and epicentre of the motion picture industry. It's also an international centre for business, trade, fashion, sport, science and technology. The second most populous city in the States bustles with creativity and culture. International artists, writers, film-makers, actors, dancers and musicians make their home in the diverse metropolis, which hosts 54 film festivals a year and offers a score of theatre openings every week. The endless programme of concerts, films and performing arts productions ensures there's never a dull moment in the entertainment schedule.
But there's more to the city than Hollywood and the performing arts: there are plenty of fine dining and exclusive shopping options, and Los Angeles boasts more museums per capita than any other city in the world. With its Mediterranean climate, LA enjoys year-round sunshine; the sedimentary plain of the Los Angeles Basin offers a wide diversity of natural habitats and is rich in native plant species, while coyotes, mountain lions and snakes are to be found in the surrounding mountains. Enjoy a stroll along the boardwalk at Venice Beach in the Californian sunshine, or visit San Pedro and the LA Harbor, home to the World Cruise Center, the largest cruise-ship terminal on the West Coast. The New England-style Ports O' Call seaside village features speciality and gift shops as well as a wide range of restaurants and attractions, and you can take a fishing boat trip or a cruise out to Santa Catalina Island, or even go whale watching.
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