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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.

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
The price is CA $194 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29

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! (996 reviews)

"Nice hotel next to the water and offers complimentary cookies when checking in"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 24, 2020

Hotel Maya - a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel
Hyatt Centric The Pike Long Beach
Hyatt Centric The Pike Long Beach
4 out of 5
285 Bay Street, Long Beach, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $161 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26

Located in Harbor, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pike at Rainbow Harbor and Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. Aquarium of the Pacific ...

4.4/5Excellent! (998 reviews)

"The only issue is you have to pay everyday to park your car."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 12, 2021

Hyatt Centric The Pike Long Beach
Best Western Plus Hotel At The Convention Center
Best Western Plus Hotel At The Convention Center
3 out of 5
517 E 1st Street, Long Beach, CA
The price is CA $118 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (996 reviews)

"I think I contacted Covid on my stay here so I don’t have the fondest memories. Clean and quiet rooms, though."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 16, 2021

Best Western Plus Hotel At The Convention Center
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.

Vacation 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 CA $161 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31

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 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (6 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 Jan. 6, 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 CA $309 per night from Feb 22 to Feb 23

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! (50 reviews)

"We really enjoyed our stay. We loved it .. definitely will be returning soon!"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 8, 2020

Dockside Boat & Bed Long Beach
Beautiful Ocean View Condo, steps 4rm beach & entertainment!Get 1 night free Nov
Beautiful Ocean View Condo, steps 4rm beach & entertainment!Get 1 night free Nov
Long Beach, CA

Nestled on the beach, this Harbor condo building is within a 10-minute walk of City Beach and Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. Aquarium of the ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (20 reviews)
Anniversary Trip

"property was breath taking the second we opened the door, the view is spectacular. The property is super clean and fully stocked with all the necessities. Our host was very informative and so sweet. The location is walking distance to almost everything. After having an amazing day exploring LB, to ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 21, 2020

Beautiful Ocean View Condo, steps 4rm beach & entertainment!Get 1 night free Nov
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

Verified traveller

Mar 1, 2020

It feels like a small town. It’s very clean and it felt very safe. None of the problems that downtown Los Angeles has.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Feb 22, 2020

Didnt stay long enough to explore.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Feb 20, 2020

Did not plan on ending up in Long Beach, did not experience more than the immediate area of the motel, therefore cannot effectively review.

3/5 - Okay

Sandy

Jan 8, 2020

Not my choice of place to visit.

4/5 - Good

Juneiper

Oct 14, 2019

Long beach is nice. We enjoyed our stay in the area.

5/5 - Excellent

Al

Oct 10, 2019

The area around the convention center is clean, along the water and has a lot of choices for restaurants and other activities (if you have the time). The convention center has very poor cell phone and internet reception.

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