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For other places with the same name, see Long Beach (disambiguation).
Downtown Long Beach at dusk, as viewed from the Queen Mary

Long Beach is a large port city in Los Angeles County in Southern California.

Understand[edit]

Long Beach is a large coastal and port city in Southern California. It is situated at the very southeastern edge of Los Angeles County, bordering both the city of Los Angeles and Orange County, in a region known as the Gateway Cities.

Long Beach is recognized as one of the most culturally diverse cities in America. It has large percentages of Latinos and whites (non-Hispanic), as well as very sizeable percentages of blacks (non-Hispanic) and Asians. As a whole, the city tends to have a more East-Coast/Midwest vibe when compared to the rest of the coastal California cities, so people from those regions of the country may find themselves a little more at home in Long Beach.

You may hear different people say different things about Long Beach, either wonderful or horrible things. This is because the city has quite a large population, with a density rate greater than that of nearby Los Angeles. Therefore, like other large cities, Long Beach encompasses everything, such as large industrial areas, struggling neighborhoods, quiet middle-class communities and exclusive neighborhoods.

Long Beach has some nice people-gathering amenities and genuine tourist attractions, such as a world-class aquarium and the Queen Mary floating museum/hotel. Special events are also held in the city like the annual Long Beach Grand Prix (a premier racing event held on city streets) and the annual Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride event. When compared to other areas like Hollywood, West Hollywood, Santa Monica and West L.A., Long Beach may not always be at the top of someone's tourist visit to the Los Angeles area, but the city draws its fair share of visitors and has proven it can definitely hold its own.

The area code for Long Beach is 562. For emergency services, dial 911 from any phone.

Climate[edit]

 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
 
Daily highs (°F) 67 67 69 72 74 77 82 84 82 77 72 67
Nightly lows (°F) 46 48 51 53 58 61 65 65 63 58 51 46
Precipitation (in) 2.6 3.1 1.9 0.6 0.2 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.6 1.0 2.0

See Long Beach's 7 day forecast    Data from NOAA (1981-2010)

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Out of the five airports in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, Long Beach can easily be reached from three: Long Beach Airport (LGB), within the city itself; Los Angeles International (LAX), 22 miles away; and John Wayne (SNA), 23 miles away in Santa Ana. All three lie adjacent to Interstate 405. The other two airport options are Burbank (BUR), 37 miles away; and Ontario (ONT), 53 miles away. LGB will obviously be the most convenient to use location-wise and, being a smaller airport, provides less hassle; however, LAX offers more frequent service, service from more destinations, and better fares. Long Beach Airport is limited to around 40 daily flights, the vast majority of which are provided by carrier JetBlue.

1 Long Beach Airport (LGB IATA): Rental cars are available for hire at the airport, which will most likely be needed in Southern California. Long Beach Yellow Cab +1 562 435-6111 is another option, approximate fares to downtown hotels $30-40 one-way. City bus Long Beach Transit Route 111 (Broadway/Lakewood) connects the airport to downtown Long Beach and to the Blue Line at the downtown Transit Mall. It runs south to downtown (40 min ride) from LGB about once every half hour and costs $1.25. To find the bus stop, follow the taxi signs, walk one block beyond the taxi lineup, and turn right. Be sure to ask if the bus goes downtown, since both northbound and southbound Route 111 buses use this one bus stop at LGB.

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX IATA): The most direct service is the LAX Flyaway, which offers direct service from the terminals to Downtown Long Beach at Shelter A of the Long Beach Transit Gallery at the northwest corner of First Street and Long Beach Boulevard. This service runs hourly from 5:30AM to 10:30PM daily and costs $9 each way (credit card purchase of a ticket on the bus is available-cash on bus not accepted), with an estimated travel time of 50 minutes (may vary with traffic).

It's also fairly easy to take the Metro Rail from LAX to Long Beach, although it may require a short taxi ride or transfer to a bus to reach your final destination. At LAX, look for the LAX Shuttle & Airline Connections sign on the Lower/Arrival Level islands in front of each terminal, and board the free "G" Shuttle which takes you to the Aviation/LAX Green Line Metro Rail station. Purchase a TAP card with a one-trip fare ($1.75 + $1 for a new TAP card), take a Norwalk-bound Green Line train, exit at the Willowbrook station, and transfer to a Long Beach-bound Blue Line train. Overall travel time from LAX is about an hour and fifteen minutes or so during daytime hours. Daytime travel is fine, but it is not recommended to take the Blue Line late in the evening as the line traverses some very questionable neighborhoods. Two shared van services (Supershuttle or PrimeTime Shuttle) provide door to door service from LAX; advise the representatives that you need a ride to Long Beach, and they will flag the appropriate van. Fare is approximately $28 one way, taking about one hour. A taxi from LAX to Long Beach is about $70. If you do not plan on having a car, the shuttle or taxi is the most convenient if you are traveling with heavy bags, arriving in the evening, or going to a final destination not near a Blue Line station.

John Wayne Airport (SNA IATA), Santa Ana, Orange County: City buses will offer the only public transportation to Long Beach from SNA, which will not be too convenient. Renting a car (as you will probably need anyway) or taking a taxi will be better options. This airport and LAX are about equal distances from Long Beach (albeit, in different directions) and although busy, it is somewhat less busier than LAX for a little less airport hassle.

By rail[edit]

A Metro Blue Line train in Downtown Long Beach

Long Beach is linked via the Metro Blue Line to Downtown Los Angeles with connections to Hollywood, Union Station, Universal Studios, Pasadena, and East L.A. among other locations.

Amtrak and Metrolink service Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles. To reach Long Beach from Union Station, take the Metro Red Line to the 7th St/Metro Center station and transfer to the Blue Line to Long Beach. Fare is $1.75 and requires a TAP card, which can be purchased at any Metro station for $1. Note: the Blue Line goes through some inner city locations (such as Watts and Compton) and there are not dedicated security guards on the trains, so it may be discomforting to take the Blue Line late at night.

By ship[edit]

Carnival Cruise Line has a home port at the new 2 Long Beach Cruise Terminal, next to the Queen Mary dock. Cruises return to this port from Baja California and the Mexican Riviera. Others begin or end trips through the Panama Canal destined for or having left major ports in the southern or eastern U.S. In season, some may go to or return from points North, e.g., Alaska. When cruise ships are docked, they receive service from many taxi companies, as well as various shuttle services (noted for LAX above) to and from local airports and select hotels and popular destinations.

A ferry to Catalina Island also operates from Long Beach.

By car[edit]

From the west (LAX, Santa Monica) or from Orange County, take the San Diego (405) freeway. Connect to the southbound Long Beach freeway (710) if your destination is downtown Long Beach. From the north, the Long Beach freeway (710) runs along the western city boundary, and the San Gabriel Freeway (605) along the eastern boundary. From the coastal areas of Orange County, a scenic and convenient route is Pacific Coast Highway (Rte 1).

By bus[edit]

The majority of the intercity bus stations and stops for the greater Los Angeles area are located in "Skid Row" east of downtown Los Angeles, downtown Union Station, El Monte, Huntington Park and/or east L.A. (along Olympic Blvd but can be elsewhere too). To a lesser extent some also have stops in Hollywood and North Hollywood as well. The following offer direct service to Long Beach:

  • Greyhound, (Bus station) 1498 Long Beach Blvd, +1 562 218-3011, toll-free: +1 800 231-2222. Greyhound travel primarly on I-5/405 (San Diego, Oceanside, Santa Ana, Anaheim, Long Beach); I-15/SR-91/I-405 (Long Beach, Santa Ana, Anaheim, San Bernardino Some variations of this route continues from San Bernardino up to Las Vegas); I-110 or 710 (to the downtown Los Angeles Greyhound terminal). Passengers transfer in Downtown Los Angeles, Santa Ana, San Bernardino or San Diego to get to additional destinations.
  • Hoang Express, bus stop at ABC Supermarket, 8970 Bolsa Ave, Westminster, +1 714 839-3500, toll-free: +1-888-834-9336. Travels between SoCal (San Diego, El Monte, Los Angeles, Westminster); northern California (San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland and Sacramento) and Arizona (Phoenix, Chandler and Tempe). They also have additional stops at the Metro Gold Line Chinatown Station near downtown Los Angeles and at Thuan Phat Supermarket at 2650 N Rosemead Blvd in El Monte. $60-65 to Bay Area; $80 to Sacramento.
  • LAX Flyaway, bus stop at Shelter A, at the downtown Bus Station along 1st St (Northwest corner of 1st St. and Long Beach Blvd). Direct bus service between downtown Long Beach and LAX

By public transit from Orange County[edit]

There are several ways to get to Long Beach from Orange County if you don't or can't rent a car. The most direct way is to take Orange County Transit Authority's Route 50 bus servicing Katella Avenue, which passes between Disneyland and the Anaheim Convention Center. The western terminus of this route is California State University-Long Beach (CSULB). If you are in the Beach Cities, take Route 1 servicing the Pacific Coast Highway and also terminating at CSULB. Some trips on Route 60 (Westminster Avenue/17th Street) terminate at CSULA.

Get around[edit]

A car is the most convenient way to get around Long Beach. Most areas of Long Beach have free parking but be aware that much of Downtown Long Beach has pay parking lots. The free bright red Passport buses serves the Long Beach downtown and waterfront attractions.

  • The Passport. A free bus, operated by Long Beach Transit, that connects you to downtown Long Beach's finest attractions and destinations, including the iconic Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, Pine Avenue, City Place Mall, The Pike at Rainbow Harbor, Convention Center, Shoreline Village, many downtown hotels and Long Beach Transit's water taxis, the AquaLink and AquaBus.

There are several transit agencies with bus routes in Long Beach.

  • Long Beach Transit (LBT), +1 562 591-2301. Offers 38 bus routes serving the cities of Long Beach, Lakewood, and Signal Hill. Fares Regular: $1.25; Seniors (62 and older), Medicare, Disabled: $0.60; Children 4 and under, Legally blind, persons in wheelchairs: Free. Long Beach Transit also offers a Day Pass Regular: $4; Seniors (62 and older), etc. $2.50. Transfers: $0.50.
  • Metro, +1 323 466-3876 (GO-METRO). Includes Blue Line light rail to downtown Los Angeles and Green Line to LAX. Fares Regular: $1.75 (transfers within the MTA system are not free); Seniors (62 and older), Medicare, Disabled: $0.75; Two children under age 5 may travel free with each fare-paying adult. Regular Metro Day Pass: $7, valid on all MTA Bus and rail lines. Transfers to other systems, $0.50.

See[edit]

the Aquarium of the Pacific
  • 1 Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, +1 562 590-3100, fax: +1 562 951-1629, e-mail: . 9AM-6PM daily, except Dec 25 and the weekend of the Grand Prix of Long Beach in April. One of the largest aquariums in the United States, its nearly 1,000 species fill 19 major habitats and 32 focus exhibits and take visitors through three regions of the Pacific Ocean: Southern California/Baja, the Tropical Pacific, and the Northern Pacific. There is also a Combo package with the Queen Mary. (Pay parking or take Passport C) General Admission: adults $29.95, children (3-11) $17.95, seniors (62+) $26.95. Aquarium of the Pacific on Wikipedia
  • 2 Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy, toll-free: +1-877-342-0738. M-Th 10AM-6PM, F-Su 10AM-7PM. The Queen Mary is a historic Cunard White Star ocean liner — a beautiful Art Deco structure and the largest passenger ship ever built — whose past includes being a troop transport in World War II, and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Several different tours of the ship are offered including a Ghosts and Legends tour. The Queen Mary also boasts a hotel, several restaurants and bars (a particularly nice one is the Art Deco Bar, where you can get a good cocktail in vintage surroundings and watch the harbor), a shopping promenade and a wedding reception hall. General Admission includes a choice of one of several available tours (you can take a second guided tour for an additional charge), Self-Guided Queen Mary Shipwalk Tour and access to all open exhibit areas. There are several other tour packages including a Combo ticket with the Aquarium of the Pacific. (Pay parking or take Passport C) General Admission: adults $27, children (5-11) $17.50. RMS Queen Mary on Wikipedia
  • 3 Russian Foxtrot Submarine: SCORPION, 1126 Queens Hwy (adjacent to the Queen Mary). This former Soviet Union submarine is moored adjacent to the Queen Mary. Due to safety issues with the submarine, visitors are no longer allowed inside but it can be viewed from the dock.
  • 4 Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, 1250 Bellflower Blvd (On the campus of California State University Long Beach), +1 562 985-5930, e-mail: . Tu-F 8AM-3:30PM, Su noon-4PM, closed M and Sa. The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden is a 1.3 acre Japanese garden with a traditional tea house and koi ponds. A self-guided tour book is available for $1. Call to verify hours as university events sometimes require early closures. Tours for groups of 10 or more may be arranged by calling the garden office at +1 562 985-8420. Take Passport D. Free.
  • 5 Long Beach Museum of Art, 2300 E Ocean Blvd, +1 562 439-2119, fax: +1 562 439-3587. Th 11AM-8PM, F-Su 11AM-5PM, closed Jan 1, Jul 4, Thanksgiving, and Dec 25. A small art museum featuring 20th Century art and decorative pieces with a focus on California artists. Take Passport A or D Adults $7, seniors (62+)/students (with ID) $6, children under 12 free. Every Thursday evening from 3PM-8PM free for all ages. Long Beach Museum of Art on Wikipedia
  • 6 Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Adobe, 4600 Virginia Rd, +1 562 570-1755, fax: +1 562 570-1893, e-mail: . W-Su 1PM-5PM except holidays. A two-story Monterey-style adobe home built in 1844. A National, State, and Long Beach Historic Landmark, the site includes historic gardens and a research library. Docent led tours on every hour from 1PM to 4PM. Groups over 10 should reserve two weeks ahead. Special events listed on the website. Free, donations welcomed.
  • 7 Naples Island (Take Ravenna Dr south from 2nd St). A district in the southeast corner of Long Beach featuring canals with million dollar homes and walkways lining the canals. At Christmas, the residents extravagantly decorate their homes drawing crowds of pedestrians to admire the works of decorating art. Take Passport A or D.
  • 8 Long Beach Firefighter's Museum (Old Station 10), 1445 Peterson Ave, e-mail: . W 8AM-noon, 2nd Sa 10AM-3PM. A collection of historic fire equipment ranging from leather water buckets to a 1965 fire engine. Free.
  • 9 Rancho Los Alamitos Museum, 6400 E Bixby Hill Rd (enter through the residential security gate at Anaheim and Palo Verde), +1 562 431-3541, fax: +1 562 430-9694. W-Su 1PM-5PM. Museum of the old Bixby Farmhouse and gardens. Free.
  • 10 Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), 628 Alamitos Ave, +1 562 437-1689, fax: +1 562 437-7043, e-mail: . W-Th,Sa-Su 11AM-5PM, F 11AM-9PM. Closed Jan 1, Jul 4, Thanksgiving, Dec 24 and 25. MOLAA is the only museum in the western United States that exclusively features contemporary Latin American art. The museum seeks to educate through the utilization of its permanent collection, traveling exhibitions, and programs. MOLAA is in the newly developing East Village Arts District of Long Beach. Adults $10, seniors and students $7, children under 12 free.
  • 11 Historical Society of Long Beach, 3490 Atlantic Ave, +1 562 424-2220. Tu, W, F: 1PM-5PM, Th: 1PM-7PM, Sa: 11AM-5PM. A small exhibit space with rotating exhibits on the history of Long Beach. There is also a publicly accessible research archive at this site.
  • Signal Hill Hilltop Park, 2351 Dawson Ave, Signal Hill, CA 90755 (Drive up cherry if coming from Pacific Coast Highway and turn right onto Skyline Drive). 6am-10pm. This park is in the city of Signal Hill which is a small, suburban city within Long Beach. The park features breathtaking views where you can see beaches of Orange County, Queen Mary, Palos Verdes Hills, and even Downtown Los Angeles! There are also walking trails and monuments honoring indigenous folks. Free.

Do[edit]

Activities[edit]

  • 1 Gondola Getaway, 5437 E Ocean Blvd, +1 562 433-9595, e-mail: . 11AM-11PM daily, closed holidays. Romantic gondola boat ride along the canals in Naples. Make reservations at least one day in advance (3 weeks is recommended). Reservation office hours 10AM-5PM daily. 1 to 6 people: 1-4 passengers: $130, plus $20 for each additional person up to 6; 7 to 14 people: $350.00 for up to 14-guests, plus an 18% gratuity.
  • 2 Catalina Express, 320 Golden Shore (downtown Long Beach), +1 562 485-3200, toll-free: +1-800-612-1212, e-mail: . Daily departures, varies with season. Boat service to Catalina Island. Reservations are recommended. Note that each passenger is allowed 2 pieces of luggage, no larger than 37x23x23 inches (94x58x58 cm) and weighing no more than 50 pounds (22 kg) each as well as one carry-on bag. Round trip fares: adults $74.50, seniors (55+) $68, children (2-11) $59, infants (under 2) $5. Bikes and surfboards $7.
  • 3 Long Beach State Athletics (49er's), 1250 Bellflower Blvd, +1 562 985-4949. The 49ers compete in NCAA Division 1 collegiate sports, including baseball (the "Dirtbags"), softball, basketball, volleyball, water polo, and women's soccer and tennis. Venues include the blue Walter Pyramid , one of three true pyramids in the United States and Blair Field.
  • 4 Belmont Plaza Pool, 4000 E Olympic Plaza Dr (At the foot of Termino Ave, near the Belmont Shore pier), +1 562 570-1805. Hours vary depending on age and activity. See web site for schedule.. An Olympic-sized indoor pool frequently used for swimming events. Parking metered, 8AM-6PM, $1/hour. Note: The pool building is being rebuilt. A temporary outdoor pool has been erected nearby. Adults $4, seniors (50 and over) $3, and youth (17 and under) $1.
  • 5 Long Beach Performing Arts Center (includes the Terrace Theatre), 300 Ocean Blvd, +1 562 436-3661, fax: +1 562 436-9491. Performances of International City Theatre, Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, and other events.
  • 6 El Dorado Park West, 2800 Studebaker Rd, +1 562 570-3225, e-mail: . Info Desk: M-F 9AM-7PM, Sa noon-4PM, closed Su. Free to the public portion of El Dorado with Youth Recreation and Senior Center.
  • 7 El Dorado East Regional Park, 7550 E Spring St, +1 562 570-1771, e-mail: . 7AM-dusk, Closed on Christmas. Very large recreation park with bike paths, playgrounds, and ponds. M-Th $5, F $6, Sa-Su $7, holidays $8.
    • 8 El Dorado Park Nature Center, 7550 E Spring St, +1 562 570-1745, e-mail: . Trails: Tu-Su 8AM-5PM; museum: Tu-Su 8:30AM-4PM. Located inside El Dorado East Regional Park, the Nature Center is a large forested park with trails, a museum, two lakes and native Califonia wildlife. See website for special monthly events. See El Dorado East Regional Park for admission.
  • 9 Escape Room Long Beach (Escape LBC), 3620 Long Beach Boulevard, Suite C11, +1 562-270-5226, e-mail: . M, W-FR: 17:30-21:30, Sa: 11:30-21:30, Su: 11:30-18:30 (Reservation required). Two themed puzzle rooms pit players against the clock to solve the puzzle of a missing celebrity or to steal a rival Prohibition era speakeasy's alcohol. $27-35 per person, depending on group size.

Golf[edit]

Long Beach is a very golf-friendly city, home to several golf courses.

  • 10 El Dorado Park Golf Club, 2400 Studebaker Rd, +1 562 430-5411, e-mail: . Sunrise-sunset daily. An 18 hole Ted Robinson, Sr. designed course with challenging water hazards and mature tree lined fairways. Call for current rates.
  • 11 Recreation Park 18 Golf Course, 5001 Deukmejian Dr, +1 562 494-5000. Daybreak-9PM daily. A Billy Bell-designed 18-hole layout with rolling terrain and various types of trees lining the fairways. Non-Resident: M-F $34, Sa-Su and holidays $45.
  • 12 Recreation Park 9 Golf Course, 5000 E 7th St, +1 562 438-4012. A nine-hole executive course. Call for current rates.
  • 13 Skylinks Golf Course, 4800 E Wardlow Rd, +1 562 421-3388. 6AM-9:30PM daily. A championship 18 hole Scottish links tyle course with hilly lies on either side of the fairway. The course was redesigned by Cal Olsen in 2004. Call for current rates.
  • 14 Heartwell Golf Course, 6700 E Carson St, +1 562 421-8855. 18-Hole Par 3 course designed by William F. Bell. 18 Holes Non-Resident: M-F $14, Sa-Su and holidays $16; 9-Holes Non-Resident: M-F $10, After noon Sa-Su and holidays $11.

Events[edit]

  • Long Beach Grand Prix, Downtown, +1 562 981-2600, e-mail: . April. A weekend-long event culminating in Indycar racing on a 2 mile track through the streets of downtown. Held every April. Celebrities races are among the events.
  • Gay Pride Festival, Rainbow Harbor and the Marina Green, +1 562 987-9191, e-mail: . Held every May, the Festival celebrates gay, lesbian, and transgender lifestyles through music, stage performances, and a parade.
  • Long Beach Sea Festival. A summer long series of events, many of them free, held throughout the city.
  • Grecian Festival, +1 562 494-8929. Labor Day weekend. Greek food and entertainment.
  • Long Beach Blues Festival, +1 562 985-1686, e-mail: . Outdoor jazz and blues festival featuring big name artists like Etta James, Los Lobos and Black Crowes. Held at the California State University Long Beach athletic field. Labor Day weekend.
  • Long Beach Triathlon, +1 714 978-1528. A 1/2 mile swim, 11 mile bike ride, 3 mile run race along the oceanfront of Long Beach. September.
  • Long Beach International Marathon, +1 562 728-8829. Scenic marathon along the shores of Long Beach. October.
  • Belmont Car Show. The largest one-day car show on the West Coast. Held in September
  • Haute Dog Easter Parade. Annual Parade featuring dogs in costume.
  • Sidwalk Chalk Art and Poetry Contest.
  • 15 Historical Cemetery Tour, 1095 E Willow Rd. October 31, 9AM-2:30PM. The Historical Society of Long Beach puts on an annual tour of the historic Sunnyside Cemetery with actors telling stories as figures from Long Beach's past. Tickets are required and go on sale starting in September. Adults: $20, 5-18: $8, 4 and under: $1.
  • Music Tastes Good Festival, Downtown Long Beach (main entrance Elm Ave and East 3rd Street). A new Music and Food Block Party and Festival in downtown Long Beach with first year being 2016 (Sept 23rd to 25th-check website for dates for future years) featuring numerous bands playing many different kinds of music. Admission fee from 25 to 240̯$.

Learn[edit]

Long Beach is home to two major learning facilities, a California State University campus and a Community Junior College.

  • California State University Long Beach (CSULB), 1250 Bellflower Blvd, +1 562 985-4111. CSULB offer a wide range of bachelor's degrees, as well as master's degrees in Anthropology, Fine Arts, Business, and Science. One of the specialities of the campus is International Business.
  • Long Beach City College (LBCC), +1 562 938-4111. LBCC is a two-year transfer or AA-degree school, including a highly regarded nursing program. The school has two campuses, one focusing on traditional education, the other on vocational training.
    • LBCC Liberal Arts Campus, 4901 E Carson St.
    • LBCC Pacific Coast Campus, 1305 E Pacific Coast Hwy.

Buy[edit]

Street view in Downtown Long Beach
  • Belmont Shore (Pedestrian district, 2nd St in Belmont Shore). Bars, restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, and national store outlets such as the Gap, Banana Republic, Buffalo Exchange and Vans. Take Passport A or D.
  • East 4th, Between Cherry St and Junipero along 4th St. Home to independent retro and hipster bookstores, clothing shops, furniture shops, and an Independent movie theater, the Art Theatre. Check out La Bomba for its extensive selection (including a literal mountain of clothes in the back of the store that you literally dig through.) Take Passport B.
  • Magnolia and Willow; antique and vintage, 490 W Willow St (at Magnolia). M-Sa 11AM-6PM, Su noon-5PM. A mall of antique and vintage dealers. With a showroom over 2,500 sq. feet and over 20 dealers you are bound to find a treasure.
  • Los Altos Shopping Center (Bellflower and Stearns, Los Altos neighborhood), +1 562 430-4134 7. Stores include Target, Trader Joe's, Big Lots, Rite Aid, Golden Spoon Yogurt, Sears, Bristol Farms gourmet food store AM-10PM, includes cafe, Thursday wine tastings 5:30-7:30, $23), T J Maxx, Baja Fresh Mexican Food, See's Candy(across Bellflower). Close to the Passport bus route D to Cal State and downtown Long Beach.
  • Shoreline Village, 429-P Shoreline Village Dr (located at the south end of I-710, east of the Aquarium), +1 562 435-2668. Retail store hours are 10AM-9PM daily; summer retail hours are 10AM-10PM daily. Restaurant hours vary. Shoreline Village is a family friendly waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment center that overlooks beautiful Rainbow Harbor. Take Passport C.
  • Vons, 600 E Broadway, +1 562-491-1210. M-F 9AM-9PM, Sa-Su 9AM-5PM. Large chain supermarket in downtown with a pharmacy which sells alcohol.

Eat[edit]

Formerly known as "Iowa by the Sea", but now populated by a diverse community, Long Beach has a full range of dining options.

American[edit]

  • 1 The Breakfast Club of Long Beach, 3900 Atlantic Ave, +1 562 427-2233. 7AM-9PM. Relaxed, casual-style restaurant serving American and Korean items.
  • 2 Gladstone's Long Beach, 330 S Pine Ave (at Shoreline Dr), +1 562 432-8588, fax: +1 562 432-8589. Su-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM. Seafood dining along the Long Beach waterfront.
  • 3 Jongewaard's Bake-n-Broil, 3697 Atlantic Ave (Bixby Knolls neighborhood), +1 562 595-0396. M-F 6:30AM-9PM, Sa 7AM-9PM, Su 7AM-8:30PM. A local secret known for homebaked pies, desserts, soups, and comfort food. Inexpensive (and popular so expect a wait).
  • 4 Long Beach Cafe, 615 E Ocean Blvd (between Atlantic and Alamitos), +1 562-436-6037. M-Sa 6AM-11PM, Su 6:30AM-11PM. Diner, offers burgers, omelets, meatloaf, Greek food.
  • 5 Parkers' Lighthouse, 435-A Shoreline Village Dr (located in Shoreline Village within landmark lighthouse), +1 562 432-6500, fax: +1 562 436-3551, e-mail: . M-F 11AM-3PM, 5PM-10PM, Sa-Su 11AM-3PM, 4PM-10PM. Contemporary seafood restaurant with shoreline view of the Queen Mary.
  • 6 Polly's Bakery Cafe (Bixby Knolls location), 3490 Atlantic Ave, +1 562 595-5651. 6:30AM-9:30PM daily. Local chain known for site-baked pies especially fresh strawberry and ollalieberry in season. Roast turkey and chicken dinners. Inexpensive.
  • 7 Polly's Bakery Cafe (Los Coyotes location), 4680 Los Coyotes Diagonal, +1 562 597-6076. M-Th: 7AM-9:30PM, F-Su:7AM-10PM. Local chain known for site-baked pies especially fresh strawberry and ollalieberry in season. Roast turkey and chicken dinners. Inexpensive.
  • 8 Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, 1 Pine Ave (Parking is validated for 2 hours in the Landmark Square parking structure 57 Pine Ave), +1 562 308-2255. Su-Th: 11am-midnight, F-Sa: 11am-1am. Microbrewery known for their in-house beers and root beer.
  • 9 Yard House Long Beach, 401 Shoreline Village Dr (located in Shoreline Village), +1 562 628-0455. S-Th: 11AM-midnight, Fr-Sa: 11AM-1:20AM. Chain restaurant with extensive menu and large selection of draft beer.
  • 10 Ahimsa Vegan Cafe, 340 E 4th St, +1 562 435-7113. 11AM-8PM daily. Ahimsa is a vegan/vegetarian/raw cafe

Mexican[edit]

  • 11 Enrique's, 6210 E Pacific Coast Hwy, +1 562 498-3622. Su-Th: 11AM-9PM, F-Sa: 11AM-10PM. In addition to the usual combination plates, menu includes specialties such as pork shank, stuffed pasilla chiles, and bread pudding. Very popular, be prepared to wait. Offers takeout.
  • 12 Taco Surf, 5316 1/2 E 2nd St, +1 562 434-8646, e-mail: . Bar and taqueria.
  • 13 Baja Sonora (Atlantic location), 3502 Atlantic Ave, +1 562 981-1950, fax: +1 562 981-1951, e-mail: . 10:30AM-9PM. Mexican food voted the Best Local Mexican Restaurants in Long Beach by the Readers of the Long Beach Press-Telegram Newspaper 2013 & 2014.
  • 14 Baja Sonora (Clark location), 2940 Clark Ave, +1 562 421-5120, fax: +1 562 421-0562, e-mail: . 10:30AM-9PM. Mexican food voted the Best Local Mexican Restaurants in Long Beach by the Readers of the Long Beach Press-Telegram Newspaper 2013 & 2014.
  • 15 Hole Mole, 421 Obispo Ave, +1 562-439-2555. 9AM-10PM. Also at 1327 E 4th St and 5209 E Pacific Coast Hwy. Fish Tacos, breakfast burritos.

Italian[edit]

Cambodian[edit]

  • 18 Sophy's Thai & Cambodian, 3240 E Pacific Coast Hwy, +1 562 494-1763. 9AM-10PM. Small place with Thai and Cambodian dishes.
  • 19 Legend Seafood Restaurant, 1350 E Anaheim St, +1 562 218-0066. M-Th: 8AM-10PM, F-Su: 8AM-1AM. Cambodian restaurant with lots of other varieties.

Japanese[edit]

  • 20 Tokyo Wako Long Beach, 310 S Pine Ave, +1 562 435-7600, e-mail: . M–F: 11:30AM-2PM, 5PM-10PM, Sa: 12PM-3PM, 3PM-10PM, Su: 12PM-3PM, 3PM-9:30PM. Japanese steak house and sushi.
  • 21 Sushi West So. California, 4105 Atlantic Ave, +1 562 424-5004, e-mail: . M-F 11AM-9PM, Sa-Su 11:30AM-9PM. Small, quaint place with a friendly atmosphere. Great for quick-order sushi & sashimi. The parking lot is shared with next-door Trader Joe's, so parking may be hard ot find at times. Visa & Mastercard purchases are $10 Minimum without Tax $5-12.
  • 22 Bamboo Teri House, 3391 Atlantic Ave, +1 562 595-6049, fax: +1 562 424-8804, e-mail: . M-F 11AM-9PM, Sa noon-9PM, Su noon-8PM. Nice sit-down restaurant with take-out and online ordering. Great teriyaki sauce! Delivery to local businesses only.

Vietnamese[edit]

  • 23 Benley, A Vietnamese Kitchen, 8191 E Wardlow Rd (at Norwalk Blvd), +1 562 596-8130. M-Th 11AM-9PM, F-Sa 11AM-9:30PM Su closed. Chic and casual tiny neighborhood cafe in a strip mall. Excellent pho, shaken beef, buttermilk panna cotta with Key Lime anglaise, cassava cake. Free corkage. $11-30.

Greek[edit]

  • 24 George's Greek Cafe, 5316 E 2nd St, +1 562 433-1755. Friendly Greek restaurant. The house specialty is the lamb chops, but there are fish and vegetarian options, and a selection of Greek wines. Indoor and outdoor seating.

French[edit]

  • 25 Creme De La Crepe, 400 E 1st St (at Elm), +1 562 437-2222. 8AM-10PM. Picture a Paris street cafe, add sunshine and cool breeze and what you get is "la creme de la crepe..." Authentic French cafe serving breakfast, lunch and diner daily. Award winner every year since 2005 and now recommended by Sunset Magazine, et voila! $8-24.

Middle Eastern[edit]

Upscale[edit]

  • 27 Michael's on Naples, 5620 E 2nd St (ocean side of 2nd St), +1 562 439-7080. Su-Th 5PM-10PM F-Sa 5PM-11PM. White cloth Italian with award winning wine list, rooftop lounge, brickoven pizzeria next door. $50-70.
  • 28 555 East American Steakhouse, 555 E Ocean Blvd (Downtown Long Beach), +1 562 437-0626, e-mail: . Lunch: M-F 11:30AM-3PM; dinner: Tu-Th 5:30PM-10PM, F-Sa 5:30PM-11PM, Su-M 4PM-9PM. Prime steakhouse $50-75.

Aboard the Queen Mary[edit]

RMS Queen Mary docked in Long Beach Harbor
  • Sir Winston's (Entrance is on the ocean side of the Sun Deck), +1 562 499-1657. Tu-Su 5:30PM–10PM. Features Continental and California cuisine. Smart-casual attire required and reservations are highly recommended. Due to the historic nature of the ship, Sir Winston's is located in an area that is only accessible by stairs. Accommodations will be made for guests with special needs. $31-78.
  • Champagne Sunday Brunch ("R" Deck), +1 562 499-1606. Su 9:30AM-2PM. Includes a Carving and Entree Station with a selection of cooked meats; an Oriental Station with stir-fry; a Pasta Station with a selection of gourmet pastas and sauces; a Dessert Station with such delectables as chocolate covered strawberries; and a Mexican Station featuring foods from south of the border. There is a special buffet island just for children. Adults $55.95, children (4-11) $24.95 (Tax and gratuity is additional. Holiday pricing is higher.).
  • Chelsea Chowder House & Bar (Shore side of Promenade Deck), +1 562 499-1685. Daily 5PM-10PM. Seafood specialties $24.50-47.00.
  • Observation Bar (Forward section of the Promenade Deck.), +1 562 499-1740. Su–Th 11:30AM–midnight F-Sa 11:30AM–2AM. Hand crafted cocktails in the former First-Class Lounge which is lined with Art Deco tables, chairs and decor.

Drink[edit]

  • 1 Joe Jost's, 2803 E Anaheim St, +1 562 439-5446, e-mail: . M-Sa 10AM-11PM, Su 10AM-9PM. Long Beach Classic--Opened in 1924, one of the oldest family operated taverns in the West. Schooners of draft beer, "Joe's Special" (Polish sausage on rye, with Swiss cheese, mustard, and pickle), fresh roasted peanuts, and pickled eggs. Turn of the century pool tables in the back room. $1.35-4.65 draft beers, $2.65 Special.
  • 2 The Yard House, 401 Shoreline Village Dr, +1 562 628-0455, fax: +1 562 435-5544. Su-Th 11AM-midnight, F-Sa 11AM-1:20AM. View of Shoreline Village Marina, dockside seating, eclectic uspcale casual menu, 100+ beers on tap, wine by the glass, specialty martinis. Happy Hour M-F 3PM-6PM, Pints $3.25, Martinis $5.25, half-price appetizers. Food: $8.95-30.45.
  • 3 Shannon's On Pine, 209 Pine Ave (at Broadway), +1 562 436-4363, e-mail: . M-F 11:30AM-2AM, Sa-Su 9AM-2AM. By far the friendliest bar in Long Beach. Excellently located on the corner of Pine Avenue and Broadway, Shannon's is the perfect place to stop in for an inexpensive, strong drink. The best selection of alcohol downtown. In addition to great drinks, the food is both reasonably priced and excellent. A wide selection of sandwiches, great dinner specials, and $9 bloody mary and omelette on weekends. Cocktails $3.75-6 Beer $3.75-5, Sandwiches $4-7, Dinner $7-11.
  • 4 The Sweet Water Saloon, 1201 E Broadway (Corner of Orange Av. and Broadway), +1 562 432-7044. 10AM-2AM daily. Situated in a historic building(originally Villa Nova Restaurant in the 1940's), the Sweet Water Saloon is truly a neighborhood bar during the day time, and a party bar at night. Well known for having the coldest beers on the Broadway Corridor, home of the ONLY bar on the strip to offer seasonal beers on tap. Happy Hour 7 days a week, from open until 8PM: $2 draft beers, $3 domestic bottled beers and well cocktails. Wednesday nights are $2 drink days where all well drinks, draft beers, and bottled domestic beers are $2 AND free pool in one of the two pool tables. $2+.
  • 5 Legends Sports Bar, 5236 E 2nd St, +1 562 433-5743. M-F 11AM-midnight Sa-Su 9AM-2AM. Check out the ribs
  • 6 Belmont Brewing Co, 25 39th Pl (Park in the beach lot by the Belmont Pier. $1 per hour until 6pm each day, and free thereafter.), +1 562-433-3891, e-mail: . M-F 11:30AM-10PM Sa-Su 10AM-10PM.

Sleep[edit]

  • 1 Best Western Golden Sails Hotel, 6285 E Pacific Coast Hwy, +1 562 596-1631, toll-free: +1-800-762-5333, fax: +1 562 594-0623. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. $140-160.
  • 2 Best Western of Long Beach, 1725 Long Beach Blvd, +1 562 599-5555, fax: +1 562 599-1212. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11:30AM. AAA-2 Diamond rating. Complimentary continental breakfast, pool. No pets allowed. $140-200.
  • 3 Courtyard Long Beach Downtown, 500 E 1st St, +1 562 435-8511, toll-free: +1-800-321-2211, fax: +1 562 901-0296. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon. On-site parking for both guests and non-guests, fee:$5/hour, $19 daily. Free high speed Internet. Smoke free hotel and pets are not allowed. $200-240.
  • 4 Extended Stay America - Long Beach Airport, 4105 E Willow St, +1 562 989-4601, fax: +1 562 989-4501. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Clean budget hotel suits with fully-equipped kitchens, plenty of work space and amenities you won't find in a typical hotel room. Practical stay for families with kids. Pets are welcome (fees applied). Office Hours 7AM-11PM $100-120.
  • 5 Hilton Long Beach, 701 W Ocean Blvd, +1 562 983-3400, fax: +1 562 983-1200, e-mail: . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon. Outdoor heated pool. Pets are allowed. Complimentary health club. $220-260.
  • 6 Holiday Inn Long Beach Airport, 2640 Lakewood Blvd, +1 562 597-4401, toll-free: +1-866-375-9947, fax: +1 562 597-0601, e-mail: . Smoke-Free accommodation. Overnight Parking Fee at $9.00 Per Day. Complimentary wireless high speed Internet access and fitness center. Outdoor heated pool. $170-190.
  • 7 Holiday Inn Long Beach (Downtown), 1133 Atlantic Ave, +1 562 590-8858, fax: +1 562 983-1607. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon. Not in the best part of town but provides free shuttle into the more tourist and business parts of the area. Underground parking available $10. Reasonably furnished rooms with refrigerator, microwave but thin walls. Cafe available which makes a good fresh omelet for breakfast. No pets allowed. $150-280.
  • 8 Hotel Maya, 700 Queensway Dr, +1 562 435-7676, fax: +1 562 481-3909. Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 11AM. Rooms featuring balconies and patios with bay or skyline views in a Latin resort theme. A member of the Doubletree hotel group. Pets allowed up to 50 lb. $50 non-refundable pet fee. $260-360.
  • 9 Hyatt Regency Long Beach, 200 S Pine Ave, +1 562 491-1234, fax: +1 562 983-1491. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon. Full service luxurious hotel with water views from rooms. Pet allowed with $100 fee for up to 6 days. Additional pet fees after first 6 days. $230-430, Suites $1,500-3,000.
  • 10 Long Beach Marriott, 4700 Airport Plaza Dr, +1 562 425-5210, fax: +1 562 425-2744. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon. Smoke free hotel. Fee for high speed Internet access. Pets not allowed. $220-310.
  • 11 Motel 6 - Long Beach - International City, 1121 E Pacific Coast Hwy, +1 562 591-3321, fax: +1 562 591-2152. Check-out: 11AM. Free wi-fi. Pets allowed. $65-70.
  • 12 Motel 6 Los Angeles - Long Beach, 5665 E 7th St, +1 562 597-1311, fax: +1 562 597-2741. Check-in: 3PM. Wi-fi available for a fee. Pets allowed. $80-85.
  • 13 Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, toll-free: +1-877-342-0742, e-mail: . Check-in: 4PM, check-out: noon. Sleep in one of the Sea Queen's grand first-class staterooms. Non-smoking hotel. Parking is $20/night. $150-235.
  • 14 Renaissance Long Beach Hotel, 111 E Ocean Blvd, +1 562 437-5900, fax: +1 562 499-2509. Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 11AM. High speed wireless for a fee. Smoke free hotel. Pets not allowed. Parking fee of $22/day. $350-480.
  • 15 Residence Inn Long Beach, 4111 E Willow St, +1 562 595-0909, toll-free: +1-866-440-5368, fax: +1 562 988-0587. Check-in: 4PM, check-out: noon. Smoke free hotel. Pets allowed with $100 non-refundable fee. Complimentary Wireless.
  • 16 Vagabond Inn Long Beach, 150 Alamitos Ave, +1 562 435-7621, fax: +1 562 436-4011. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Free wi-fi and continental breakfast. Pets up to 30 lb allowed for $10/day fee, over 30lb for $15/day. $99-300.

Cope[edit]

Stay safe[edit]

Most areas of Long Beach are fairly safe, even after dark. There are two major areas that are not quite as safe and should be avoided after dark. Caution is called for even during the daytime in these areas.

The first of these areas is in the southwestern portion of the city. This area is bounded, starting from the southeast corner, by Redondo Blvd. and 4th, running north to the Signal Hill border. Along the Signal Hill border north-west to the 405 Freeway, along the freeway to the western border of Long Beach and Wilmington, down to 4th St.

The second and more dangerous of the areas is North Long Beach (north west of the LGB airport). The approximate boundaries of this area are from Del Amo and Cherry, north to the north border of the city, along the north border to the west border and back south to Del Amo. This area, which borders on Compton, has a reputation for gang activity and is one of the more active police and fire districts in the city.

During the riots of 1992, both of these areas experienced violence, looting and destruction of property.

Police[edit]

Long Beach has its own police department operating from four main stations throughout the city. Police can be reached by dialing 9-1-1 toll-free from any phone. The Long Beach Police now receive 9-1-1 calls directly from cell phones however calling 9-1-1 from a cell phone when near freeways will connect you with the California Highway Patrol. To reach the Long Beach Police directly from a cell phone, dial +1 562 435-6711.

  • South Station - 400 W Broadway
  • West Station - 1835 Santa Fe Ave
  • North Station - 4891 Atlantic Ave
  • East Station - 4800 Los Coyotes Diagonal

Fire/Emergency Medical Services[edit]

Long Beach also has its own Class 1 Fire Department. The Class 1 designation indicates that response times to emergencies average 5 minutes or less. To request emergency assistance from the Fire Department, dial 911 toll-free from any phone.

Every fire engine and truck is staffed by fire-fighters with Basic Life Support training. The department also has a number of Advanced Life Support certified Paramedic Ambulances strategically stationed around the city. Fire Department Ambulances are available for emergency medical transport to a hospital, however, be aware that you will be billed for transport.

Hospitals[edit]

Long Beach is well-served by hospitals. There are three major hospitals in the city, including two that are trauma centers (Memorial and St. Mary) capable of handling the most critical emergencies. All five of the hospitals listed below have 24-hour emergency rooms.

  • 1 Long Beach Memorial Hospital, 2801 Atlantic Ave (ER is located on Columbia Ave., west of Atlantic Blvd.), +1 562 933-2000. Pediatric emergency services available. Parking is $5/day.
  • 2 St. Mary Medical Center, 1050 Linden Ave (Entrances to the hospital are on Long Beach Blvd. and 10th St.), +1 562 491-9000. Pediatric emergency services available. This hospital has an emergency room reservation service. See their website for details.
  • 3 Community Hospital Long Beach, 1720 Termino Ave, toll-free: +1 562 498-1000.

While there are three hospitals in the city, they are all south of Interstate 405. In North and East Long Beach, the nearest hospitals are located in neighboring cities.

North:

East:

Consulates[edit]

Most of the foreign consulates are located along Wilshire Blvd in/around the Wilshire neighborhood and West Los Angeles, between downtown and Santa Monica in Los Angeles. The following are in Long Beach instead:

  • Cambodia Cambodia (Honorary), 3448 E Anaheim St, +1 562 494-3000, fax: +1 562 494-3007. M-f 10:00-17:00.
  • Panama Panama, 111 W Ocean Blvd, Suite #1570, +1 562 612-4677, +1 562 612-4678. M-F 09:30-15:00. The URL is linked to the Panamanian Embassy in Washington DC as the local consulate does NOT have a website of its own.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Long Beach
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