Long Beach, CA

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Long Beach featuring general coastal views, a beach and kite surfing
Take the kids for a swim in the ocean, pet sharks at the aquarium and explore museums and galleries in this laid-back beach city on California’s Pacific Coast.

Long Beach is a seaside city in California known for its scenic ports and family-friendly beaches. Visit the enormous aquarium, which is home to thousands of species and offers interactive activities. Other popular activities include romantic strolls along the beach, visits to the eclectic shopping areas and trips to museums and cultural centers.

Take the family to the famous Aquarium of the Pacific in Rainbow Harbor on the south coast of the city. It covers an area of 5 acres (2 hectares) and houses 11,000 creatures, including fish, penguins and sea lions. See the Shark Lagoon, which features several types of sharks and rays. If you are feeling brave, pet sharks in the purpose-built tank.

Cycle along the paths near the port for an excellent view of the ocean. The city is home to sandy beaches along the Pacific Coast. The water here is generally very calm so it’s ideal for families with small children.

Go shopping for hats, trinkets and candy in the eccentric stores in Shoreline Village. Take the kids for a ride on the carousel in the playground area. Enjoy a romantic stroll along Rainbow Harbor and Marina as the sun goes down. After nightfall, colorful lights from yachts, restaurants and hotels light up the area.

For some culture, head to Long Beach Performing Arts Center and watch a musical or an opera. Explore the exhibitions at the Long Beach Museum of Art. The museum is housed in a historic mansion on the top of a scenic bluff overlooking the ocean. Explore boutiques and galleries at the East Village Arts District and tour the Museum of Latin American Art.

Long Beach is located about 24 miles (38.6 kilometers) south of downtown Los Angeles. A taxi journey should take around 45 minutes or you can take the LA Metro. While you are in Long Beach, take a cruise to beautiful Catalina Island.

Where to stay in Long Beach

Hilton Long Beach Hotel
Hilton Long Beach Hotel
3.5 out of 5
701 West Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA, 90831
Fully refundable
The price is $173 per night from Jul 11 to Jul 12
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Long Beach. Enjoy 2 restaurants, breakfast, and WiFi. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our ...
3.8/5 Good! (1,421 reviews)
"Enjoy the ease of everything surrounding the hotel. Stayed here for a music festival and was at walking distance which made everything perfect. The self-parking was a bit confusing, but was helped by staff. Would stay again."

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2022

Hilton Long Beach Hotel
Hyatt Regency Long Beach
Hyatt Regency Long Beach
4 out of 5
200 S Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA, 90802
Fully refundable
The price is $249 per night from Jul 11 to Jul 12
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Long Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,028 reviews)
"The only complaint I have for the hotel is when they have special events, they do NOT hold self-parking spaces for hotel guests that have already paid for hotel parking and are current guests. The parking issue caused us to miss reservations for a dinner. The staff is super freindly and great hotel ..."

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2022

Hyatt Regency Long Beach
Hotel Maya - a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel
Hotel Maya - a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel
4 out of 5
700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach, CA, 90802
The price is $237 per night from Jul 27 to Jul 28
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Long Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, a private beach, and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in our reviews. ...
3.8/5 Good! (967 reviews)
"Front desk staff were friendly. Our room wasn't very clean like someone hadn't stayed in it for a while. Spiders were in the sink upon arrival. Flying bugs too. Room where we stayed had a good view but was in a high traffic area. Neighbors dumped their garbage in our patio area. The bathroom barn ..."

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2022

Hotel Maya - a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
The Historic Broadlind Hotel at Long Beach Convention Center
The Historic Broadlind Hotel at Long Beach Convention Center
3 out of 5
149 Linden Avenue, Long Beach, CA, 90802
The price is $239 per night from Jul 27 to Jul 28
Stay at this 3-star historic aparthotel in Long Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and a terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (550 reviews)
"Cute hotel with comfortable environment"

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2022

The Historic Broadlind Hotel at Long Beach Convention Center
Dockside Boat & Bed Long Beach
Dockside Boat & Bed Long Beach
3.5 out of 5
316 E Shoreline Drive, Long Beach, CA, 90802
The price is $279 per night from Jul 31 to Aug 1
Stay at this 3.5-star beach houseboat in Long Beach. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (92 reviews)
"The view from this boat was simply breathtaking! You can see the Queen Mary, the lighthouse, and the spruce goose dome. The location was spectacular surrounded by Excellent walking distance restaurants. The absolute best place I have ever stayed in bar none!"

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2022

Dockside Boat & Bed Long Beach
10 Min To The Beach! Perfect For A Family Or Friend Group. Self Check-in & Recently Renovated 2 Bedroom Apts by Redawning
10 Min To The Beach! Perfect For A Family Or Friend Group. Self Check-in & Recently Renovated 2 Bedroom Apts by Redawning
3.5 out of 5
1602 East 7th Street, Long Beach, CA, 90813
Stay at this 3.5-star property in Long Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and barbecue grills. Popular attractions Long Beach Cruise Terminal and Aquarium ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"Was perfect for my little family. Property management was prompt and very nice. Loved the shushi restaurant next door and the doughnut shop down the way! Jyst wanted to say thank you for making your place feel like home."

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2022

10 Min To The Beach! Perfect For A Family Or Friend Group. Self Check-in & Recently Renovated 2 Bedroom Apts by Redawning
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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