Long Beach, USA
Long Beach, Southern California’s Urban Waterfront Playground, is just 20 miles from downtown Los Angeles, located along more than 11 miles of sandy beachfront, inland waterways and bays. One of the West Coast’s largest cities with a downtown waterfront, Long Beach combines the sophistication and style of a big urban city with the relaxed atmosphere of a beach resort.
Long Beach is conveniently close to three major airports. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Orange County’s John Wayne Airport are each less than 30 minutes from downtown Long Beach. The Long Beach Airport, the West Coast hub for JetBlue, is just 10 minutes away.
Getting around Long Beach is easy. The compact downtown waterfront is rated as one of the “Most Walkable Cities in America,” by WalkScore.com, and aims to become “The Most Bike Friendly City in America.” Visitors will enjoy palm-lined pedestrian walkways and bike paths, all well-lighted with colorful LED displays at night.
Long Beach Transit provides free transportation on its Passport Shuttle buses throughout the downtown waterfront. An extensive network of LB Transit lines carry passengers to all major destinations within the city.
From the 1st Street Transit Gallery you can hop aboard the Metro Blue Line which travels north to downtown Los Angeles, with connections to other light rail lines traveling to LAX, Union Station, Pasadena, Hollywood and Universal Studios.
Where to stay
Long Beach hotels include many major brands, including Hilton, Renaissance, Hyatt, Westin, Courtyard, Residence Inn, Holiday Inn, Doubletree and Travelodge. Many Long Beach hotels offer panoramic ocean views.
What to do
Long Beach is in the centre of Southern California and conveniently close to all the Southland’s major attractions. Downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood and Universal Studios are less than 45 minutes away. Disneyland and the California Adventure are just 30 minutes from downtown Long Beach.
But Long Beach has its own world-class attractions just steps away from our downtown. The Aquarium of the Pacific is the fourth largest aquarium in the US and has been named one of the top aquariums for kids by Parent Magazine. The RMS Queen Mary, once the largest, most elegant ocean liner on the Atlantic, is now a hotel with restaurants, shopping and historic tours of the majestic ship.
Long Beach is a water sport paradise, offering nearly any type of on-the-water or near-the-water activity you could desire. Boat excursions include harbour tours, whale-watching, dinner cruises and high-speed service to famous Catalina Island, just 26 miles across the sea.
With 11 miles of beachfront, inland waterways and bays, including a 5 ½ mile sandy white beach with a pedestrian/bike path, you can pick your sport: kite surfing, kayaking, watercraft, sailing, motorboats or standup paddling. For a more leisurely approach, take a romantic gondola ride through picturesque Naples Island canals or drive your own electric Duffy Boat.
Eating out / Night life
As one of the most ethnically diverse big cities in the US, Long Beach offers dining choices from around the globe. In a compact 8-block area in our downtown waterfront, visitors will discover more than 125 quality restaurants serving everything from hot dogs to haute cuisine. Dozens of our restaurants have panoramic waterfront vistas. Nightlife entertainment and music can be found in dozens of restaurants, nightclubs and entertainment venues from The Pike at Rainbow Harbour, Shoreline Village and Pine Avenue to Belmont Shore, Retro Row’s Funky 4th Street and Bixby Knolls.
Long Beach enjoys a temperate Mediterranean-like climate, averaging 345 days of sunshine annually. Average daytime temperatures range from 67 degrees in winter to 83 degrees in summer.
Destination Guide courtesy of FIA Formula E website.