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Long Beach
Travel Guide

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

Top hotels in 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
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs12,004 per night from 4 Mar to 5 Mar

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! (980 reviews)

"Property was clean and beautiful. Right on the water. Great restaurant on site with good atmosphere and good food. Service from front desk was slow and not friendly or welcoming."…"

Reviewed on 21 Feb 2021

Hotel Maya - a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel
Courtyard by Marriott Long Beach Downtown
Courtyard by Marriott Long Beach Downtown
3 out of 5
500 E 1st St, Long Beach, CA
The price is Rs7,460 per night from 6 Mar to 7 Mar

Located in Downtown Long Beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of 4th Street Retro Row and Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. Aquarium of ...

4.1/5Very Good! (985 reviews)

"I like the set up of the room and the employees were very nice. Although I didn’t like how I they charged me $80 for the parking."…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb 2021

Courtyard by Marriott Long Beach Downtown
Renaissance Long Beach Hotel
Renaissance Long Beach Hotel
4 out of 5
111 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA
The price is Rs9,488 per night from 6 Mar to 7 Mar

Located in Downtown Long Beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, Aquarium of the Pacific and Shoreline ...

4.3/5Excellent! (986 reviews)

"Great service and great accommodations! Thank you John!"…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb 2021

Renaissance Long Beach 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.

Top Holiday Rentals in Long Beach

Staybridge Suites Long Beach Airport
Staybridge Suites Long Beach Airport
3 out of 5
2680 Lakewood Boulevard, Long Beach, CA
The price is Rs11,667 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar

Located in Harbor, this aparthotel is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Walter Pyramid and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from California State University Long Beach. 4th Street Retro Row ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (10 reviews)

"Great customer service, super clean room, property nice and quiet even though its close to the airport. Lots of amenities, free to go breakfast, kitchen fully stocked with pots and pans and eating utensils, microwave and full size refrigerator and great smelling shampoo, conditioner and even shower ..."…"

Reviewed on 6 Jan 2021

Staybridge Suites Long Beach Airport
Dockside Boat & Bed Long Beach
Dockside Boat & Bed Long Beach
3.5 out of 5
316 E Shoreline Drive, Long Beach, CA
The price is Rs17,599 per night from 2 Mar to 3 Mar

Located in Harbor, this beach houseboat is within a 5-minute walk of Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center and Aquarium of the Pacific. RMS Queen Mary ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (53 reviews)

"It was a great experience, perfect for any occasion very clean the inside is super nice better than the pictures! We loved it and will be booki9ng again."…"

Reviewed on 15 Feb 2021

Dockside Boat & Bed Long Beach
Third Street Apartments
Third Street Apartments
3 out of 5
409 West 3rd Street, Long Beach, CA
The price is Rs6,686 per night from 3 Mar to 4 Mar

Located in Downtown Long Beach, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of One World Trade Center, Aquarium of the Pacific and Long Beach Convention ...

3.9/5Very Good! (17 reviews)
Uneasy Feeling Trip To Long Beach During COVID-19!

"The property management made our check-in experience very simplistic and effortless in regards to actually getting into our apartment. The apartment was also very conveniently located in relation to downtown and the very popular “Pine St”.. which has every necessity you would possibly need during ..."…"

Reviewed on 1 Sep 2020

Third Street Apartments
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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Reviews of Long Beach

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5/5 - Excellent

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18 Oct 2019

We enjoyed dinner at Gladstone’s and just walking the shoreline area was beautiful. The Aquarium of the Pacific is excellent and informative

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

21 Sep 2019

Only stayed a night in the area so didnt see much of Long Beach

5/5 - Excellent

RD

10 Apr 2019

Rosie’s dog beach is the place to be. Parking on street is free.

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