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Long Beach
Travel Guide

Long Beach showing general coastal views, kite surfing and a sandy beach

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.

Hilton Long Beach Hotel
Hilton Long Beach Hotel
3.5 out of 5
701 West Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA
The price is AU$272 per night from 18 Jul. to 18 Jul.
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! (889 reviews)
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Reviewed on 6 Jun. 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 AU$325 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
This family-friendly Long Beach hotel is located on the boardwalk, just steps away from Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center and Pike at Rainbow Harbor. ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (970 reviews)
"Near attractions, great view. Paid for parking thru expedia however when i arrived to the facility the parking was included in the room rate."

Reviewed on 16 Jun. 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 AU$275 per night from 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
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! (954 reviews)
"The partying over the weekend is a real thing. There is only 1 pool for 4 buildings and it is always full. The rooms are clean and comfortable, but you can tell that the grounds crew is understaffed. Fuego is the only dining option on that side of the harbor. It's a short drive/walk over to Shoreline ..."

Reviewed on 16 Jun. 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.
Charming Suite. Cozy & Contactless. Explore Socal
Charming Suite. Cozy & Contactless. Explore Socal
3590 Gundry Ave, 1/2, Long Beach, CA
The price is AU$509 per night from 21 Jun. to 21 Jun.
Located in Harbor, this holiday home is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Area and within 6 miles (10 km) of Museum of Latin American Art and ...
5/5Exceptional! (15 reviews)
So perfect!
"Loved everything about staying here! Not only is it just footsteps away from my family while we are in town, Lars as a host, was so amazing! From the super sweet location, accommodations, super cute cottage and yard, we were so welcomed and felt so cared for- from fresh pastries, fruit, coffee, eggs, ..."

Reviewed on 11 Apr. 2021

Charming Suite. Cozy & Contactless. Explore Socal
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
3921 E Livingston Dr, Long Beach, CA
Located in Harbor, this apartment building is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from City Beach and within 3 miles (5 km) of Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center and ...
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 19 May 2021

Coastal Apartment Blocks From the Beach in a Nice Area of Long Beach
Spark Clean Modern House+bike2beach+w/d+parkings
Spark Clean Modern House+bike2beach+w/d+parkings
783 Dawson Ave, Long Beach, CA
The price is AU$1,283 per night from 19 Jul. to 19 Jul.
Located in Harbor, this holiday home is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from 4th Street Retro Row and within 3 miles (5 km) of Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center ...
Spark Clean Modern House+bike2beach+w/d+parkings
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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