In Los Angeles County, Beverly Hills is home to the elite A-list Hollywood stars and the scene of upscale shopping along Rodeo Drive. But even if glamour isn’t your “thing,” there are plenty of other reasons to take a trip to this popular city. The incredible architecture, flowing botanical gardens, restaurants full of delicacies, and specialty shopping make Beverly Hills famous worldwide. Of course, with so much ritz and pomp flashing around the area, the city is also known for crimes and motor vehicle accidents.
But in reality, statistics show that there are only about 3.42 crimes per 1,000 people, a rate similar to other big cities. On the other hand, car accidents are much more likely to occur, at a rate of 400 accidents per square mile. If you’re planning a visit to this top-rated destination, it’s important to go prepared. Most people come and go just fine, or it wouldn’t continue to be such a sought-after hotspot for residents and tourists. Follow these three tips, and you, too, can have a positive trip experience in Beverly Hills.
1. Don’t Be “That” Tourist
We get it. You want a million pictures of your trip to one of the most idolized cities in the world, and you absolutely can have them. Just be cautious about how you get that picture. As a pedestrian, look around for an out-of-the-way place where you can stand without blocking the rest of the people on the sidewalks. If you’re driving, don’t slow down and lean out the window to get the perfect shot. Pull over and walk to the view if it’s a must-have picture.
Between the thrill of celebrity spotting and the majestic wildlife in the area, tourists driving while distracted is a major problem, as JT Legal Group explains. You might not be the culprit, but the cars around you could be swerving at any second, which means you need to be on full alert. Don’t be “that” tourist that does anything necessary for an Insta-worthy picture. Your safety, and that of those around you, is more important than a posed shot.
2. Stay in Populated Areas and Don’t Talk to Strangers
As high-class as Beverly Hills is, it’s not immune to scams. Predators prey on hapless tourists every day. It’s up to you to watch out for these scammers and avoid being in the wrong area or the right place at the wrong time. For instance, if you want to visit a busy attraction, go early in the morning on weekdays. Unless you’re with a good friend or relative who knows the area well, don’t go at night, and stay on the obvious, well-lit paths. Your parents were right when they warned you not to take anything from strangers. Follow this advice in Beverly Hills.
People will try to hand you “free” things and then chase you down for money when you take the item. Note: This isn’t just in the Hills; it’s in any touristy area. Walk away from sidewalk games of chance or hustlers trying to sell you products on the street. Sure, it may be cheap, but it’s not worth the risk of staying in one place long enough to get pick-pocketed or buy something that’s not legit. As a rule of thumb, don’t give anyone money (or attention) unless they’re inside a store that you chose to shop at, and they have proof that they work there (like they’re behind the counter ringing you up).
3. Give Yourself Plenty of Time to Get Around
Traffic in LA County isn’t something to play around with. You can’t expect to be somewhere 15 miles away in half an hour. Give yourself plenty of time to get where you’re going, and then add another 10-15 minutes just to be safe. If you’re unfamiliar with the roads, think twice about getting a rental car. You may be better off with rideshares or cabs. They’re everywhere in Los Angeles County, and they’ll happily take you through Beverly Hills.
Rideshares also reduce the problem of finding conveniently located parking. Many of the places you’ll be visiting have pay-for-parking meters, apps to download and pay, or parking garage rates. You can offset the cost of your rideshare by not dealing with the expense of parking your car. However, if you do use a rideshare, don’t wait until the last minute to book it. Your driver will deal with LA traffic on the way to you and heading to your destination. Give them reasonable time to get through it all.
Your trip to Beverly Hills will be a memorable experience as long as you’re safe and healthy. Follow these three simple tips, and enjoy the time spent in this unique California home of the rich and famous.
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