Sandy has given you some excellent ideas on where to go during a brief LAX
layover. I love the 3rd St Promenade in Santa Monica. If you feel that
you do not have the time to visit there though and the weather is good, LAX
is a short 10 minute ride from several good beaches. You might enjoy just
the peace of a warm sun, gentle breeze and breaking surf. The Travelers
Aid desk can direct you on the best way to get there. The closest beach is
Dockwiler Beach at Playa del Rey. Very nice, but if you have a few more
minutes, Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach are better.
Have a great trip!
Los Angeles, CA