Planning to fly into San Diego soon and drive to Los Angeles. Can anyone suggest an area to stay in a hotel in between San Diego and Los Angeles if we leave San Diego around 7pm? I dont want to stay in San Diego that night but drive maybe 1/2 way towards Los Angeles. Area must not be too ritzy, average hotel price. I heard its about 3 hrs to LAX from San Diego so maybe an area 1 1/2 hrs in btwn both cities. Maybe Laguna Beach or Newport Beach but need easy route to get there. Thanks for any suggestions.