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Long BeachUnited States of America

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

Long Beach which includes general coastal views and cruising

Harbor

4/5Very Good!(2,297 area reviews)

If you're spending time in Harbor, check out sights like Aquarium of the Pacific or Long Beach Cruise Terminal and hop on the metro to see more the city at Willow Street Station or Pacific Coast Highway Station.

Harbor
Long Beach which includes general coastal views and cruising

Downtown Long Beach

4/5Very Good!(929 area reviews)

City Place Shopping Center and One World Trade Center are top sights in Downtown Long Beach, and you should be sure to explore the stunning beaches. Hop aboard the metro at 1st Street Station or Pacific Avenue Station to see more sights in the area.

Downtown Long Beach
It's a popular spot for kiteboarding. Long Beach. #beach

Belmont Shore

4/5Very Good!(39 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the beaches and restaurants in Belmont Shore. You might want to make time for a stop at City Beach or Rosie's Dog Beach.

Belmont Shore
Beauty Period !

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Alamitos Beach

While visiting Alamitos Beach, you might make a stop by sights like City Beach and 4th Street Retro Row.

Alamitos Beach
A part of the roadhouse feast dinner. Appetizer platter with fried green tomatoes, fried okra and sweet potato fries followed by smoked meats, sides and peach cobbler.

Bixby Knolls

Bixby Knolls might not have many top sights, but Crystal Casino and Museum of Latin American Art are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Bixby Knolls
Long Beach which includes general coastal views and cruising

East Village

When in East Village and the surrounding area, you'll want to check out sights like Aquarium of the Pacific or Shoreline Village and hop on the metro to see more the city at 5th Street Station or 1st Street Station.

East Village

Top Hotels in Long Beach

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Queen Mary
The Queen Mary
3 out of 5
1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA
NT$2,992
per night
Mar 31 - Apr 1

Located in Harbor, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of RMS Queen Mary and Long Beach Cruise Terminal. Aquarium of the Pacific and Pike at Rainbow ...

3.7/5Good! (10,076 reviews)

"We loved the hospitality. Everyone was very friendly!"…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/22

The Queen Mary
Hyatt Regency Long Beach
Hyatt Regency Long Beach
4 out of 5
200 S Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA

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. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,163 reviews)

"Everything was great We were only there for 1 night"…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/10

Hyatt Regency Long Beach
Golden Sails Hotel
Golden Sails Hotel
2.5 out of 5
6285 E Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
NT$2,829
per night
Mar 31 - Apr 1

Located in Harbor, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from VA Long Beach Medical Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of California State University Long Beach and Walter ...

3.8/5Good! (1,776 reviews)

"No elevator. Limits many from staying on the 2nd floor. Otherwise nice place to stay."…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/24

Golden Sails Hotel

Popular things to do in Long Beach

Long Beach Cruise Terminal
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Long Beach Cruise Terminal

4.5/5(1,054 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Long Beach with a trip to Long Beach Cruise Terminal. Experience the acclaimed art scene or attend a sporting event in this walkable area.

Aquarium of the Pacific
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Aquarium of the Pacific

4.5/5(699 reviews)

Immerse yourself in the world under the sea and come nose to nose with sharks, eels and the giant Pacific octopus.

California State University Long Beach
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California State University Long Beach

4/5(1,272 reviews)

Explore the campus of California State University Long Beach, a top college in Long Beach. Amble around this family-friendly area's beautiful beaches or attend a sporting event.

RMS Queen Mary
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RMS Queen Mary

4/5(838 reviews)

Browse the exhibits at RMS Queen Mary, a favorite museum in Long Beach. Discover the top-notch restaurants and acclaimed art scene in this walkable area.

Shoreline Village
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Shoreline Village

4.5/5(283 reviews)

With a visit to Shoreline Village, a popular shopping spot in Long Beach, you can browse for souvenirs. Experience the acclaimed art scene or attend a sporting event in this walkable area.

City Beach
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City Beach

4/5(13 reviews)

If a restful vacation is part of your travel plans, City Beach might be the perfect place to seek out during your trip to Long Beach. Check out the must-see aquarium and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Reviews of Long Beach

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
943
5 - Excellent 40.52428018908466%
4 - Good
1019
4 - Good 43.79028792436613%
3 - Okay
302
3 - Okay 12.978083369144821%
2 - Disappointing
36
2 - Disappointing 1.5470562956596476%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 1.1602922217447358%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 30, 2020

Overall Long Beach is a nice place just has very unique people.

4/5 - Good

M

Mar 21, 2020

Not a bad area. Not much to do, but if you go a lil further there are a few things to do!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 21, 2020

I had two problems with my stay: First, the walls are super thin and you can hear everything. Lots of loud noises Saturday night, but it quieted down by Sunday. Also the room service folks will knock on your door at 9am, even though checkout is 11am.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 20, 2020

The weather was great! I was out bike riding all around and had a wonderful time doing so!

5/5 - Excellent

James

Mar 19, 2020

Yes! Long Beach is such a unique area. It combines so many great things!!!

1/5 - Terrible

Ck

Mar 19, 2020

Would def not be going back to this hotel

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