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Long Beach, CA
Travel Guide

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
The price is $177 per night from Jul 20 to Jul 20
Located in Harbor, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of One World Trade Center, Aquarium of the Pacific, and Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. ...
3.9/5Good! (898 reviews)
"Great hotel."

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2021

Hilton Long Beach Hotel
Hyatt Regency Long Beach
Hyatt Regency Long Beach
4 out of 5
200 S Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $212 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
This family-friendly Long Beach hotel is located on the boardwalk, just steps from Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center and Pike at Rainbow Harbor. ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (973 reviews)
"I had a great stay for 4 nights at this hotel!"

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2021

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
The price is $191 per night from Jun 28 to Jun 28
Located in Harbor, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of RMS Queen Mary and Aquarium of the Pacific. Long Beach Cruise Terminal and Long Beach Convention ...
4/5Very Good! (956 reviews)
"The hotel itself is lovely, right on the water beautiful view with a heated pool. Unfortunately the hotel is very understaffed and nobody answers the phone if you need something when calling within the hotel or outside. They are shortstaffed at the pool with no real clean up plan and not enough towels. ..."

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

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.
Spark Clean Modern House+bike2beach+w/d+parkings
Spark Clean Modern House+bike2beach+w/d+parkings
Long Beach, CA
The price is $597 per night from Jul 12 to Jul 12
Located in Harbor, this vacation home is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from 4th Street Retro Row and within 3 mi (5 km) of Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center and ...
Spark Clean Modern House+bike2beach+w/d+parkings
Coastal Apartment Blocks From the Beach in a Nice Area of Long Beach
Coastal Apartment Blocks From the Beach in a Nice Area of Long Beach
Long Beach, CA
Located in Harbor, this apartment building is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from City Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center and Shoreline ...
4.2/5Excellent! (33 reviews)
Great location, very clean and convenient
"I have nothing negative to say about our stay at this cute little beach apartment. The pier and beach were a two minute walk away, a grocery store right across the street, and street parking was fairly easy, we just had to move our car once for street cleaning. The apartment was very clean upon arrival, ..."

Reviewed on May 19, 2021

Coastal Apartment Blocks From the Beach in a Nice Area of Long Beach
Beautiful Long Beach Home Walk to Beach - Downtown
Beautiful Long Beach Home Walk to Beach - Downtown
Long Beach, CA
Located in Harbor, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from 4th Street Retro Row and within 3 mi (5 km) of Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center and ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Worth it!
"We loved the house that we stayed in. It was close to everything and the neighborhood was very friendly. I would definitely come back again. (:"

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

Beautiful Long Beach Home Walk to Beach - Downtown
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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