Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Airports and Visas

You are responsible for all travel arrangements, including procurement of visas if necessary.

We suggest all foreign participants fly into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Domestic participants may consider additional neighboring airports Long Beach Airport (LGB) or John Wayne/Orange County Airport (SNA).

Ground transportation services from/to LAX, LGB or SNA airports are available through:

1. Shuttle
From LAX to San Pedro will be about $20 USD per person (plus tip) for a shared-ride van. However, travel times may vary depending on the number and destination of other passengers.
Super Shuttle
Prime Time Shuttle
Airport Shuttles
Go Airport Shuttle

2. Car for hire
Travelers using Uber or Lyft from LAX need to meet their drivers at the round Ride Service signs located at the Upper/Departures Level.

3. Taxi
The quickest, most convenient but also the most expensive method -- can be from $60 to $80 USD (plus tip). During 'commuter hours' the ride takes longer so the fare is more. You can talk to the taxi dispatcher at the airport to see if there is a taxi "for a fixed rate." Generally, the ride will be about 40 minutes to an hour with traffic.

Please note: There are over 12 DoubleTree Hotels in the Los Angeles area. Take care to always specify the “DoubleTree by Hilton San Pedro – Port of Los Angeles” for all conference activities.

We highly recommend all foreign participants to begin their United States visa application process as soon as possible, as this may be a lengthy process depending on your citizenship status. Please visit the U.S. Department of State for more details.

If you require a formal, personalized letter of invitation to facilitate your visa application, please contact Please include your full name and mailing address and we will email you a letter in PDF format.

Know your rights when you arrive at the United States border.
Click here for information.
Click here for additional information for non-US citizens.

--Electricity is 110 volts at 60 cycles.
--Smoking is prohibited in all public buildings, including restaurants and bars.
--Tipping is a common practice in most restaurants, bars and other service establishments.
--All measurments are in inches and feet, miles, gallons and pounds rather than metric units.
--Sales tax in California varies depending on the city or county — ranging from 7.5% to 9.5%.

Please click here for additional travel tips.