Long Beach, Californiaâ€™s
fifth largest city, is located just 21 miles south of Los Angeles, at the
southern end of Los Angeles County. Long Beach offers all the amenities of a
sophisticated, cosmopolitan city, while retaining the charm and tranquility of a
seaside community. Visitors seeking the California dream of beach, sun and ocean
need look no further.
Long Beach is the perfect
spot for people who enjoy the sun. Sea kayaking, sailing, windsurfing and
jet-skiing are popular year round. Early in the year, whale watchers observe the
migrating California Gray Whale, and year-round harbor cruises entertain young
and old . The cityâ€™s well-designed beachside bike path is ideal for in-line
skating, jogging, bicycling, or a quiet walk.
Long Beach became popular
in the late 19th century as a seaside resort. Long Beach Harbor and the
neighboring Port of Los Angeles are two of the busiest shipping centers on the
Pacific Coast. The entire area is rich in petroleum resources, both on land and
University, Long Beach, is home to 27,000 students. Long Beach Convention and
Entertainment Center at Ocean and Long Beach boulevards encompasses the Long
Beach Arena, Terrace Theater and Center Theater, where concerts, plays, trade
shows and sporting events are held.
Boat cruises to Catalina
Island leave from near the Queen Mary and from downtown. Long Beach AquaBus and
AquaLink provide regularly scheduled service to Long Beach's major attractions
such as the Queen Mary and the Aquarium of the Pacific daily from mid-June to
mid-September, and Friday through Sunday the balance of the year.
The roar of Grand Prix race
cars echoes through the city streets in early April during the Toyota Grand Prix
of Long Beach. Most Saturday mornings, the Long Beach Heritage Society conducts
narrated two hour walking tours: of the downtown area the first and third
Saturdays of the month, and of the East Village, (which is being developed as an
arts district), the second and fourth Saturdays. Nearby, eclectic boutiques
welcome shoppers seeking rare treasures, and international cuisine is served
alfresco. Along the waterfront, more than 12,000 marine animals welcome you and
your friends to their aquarium home
The Queen's Marketplace,
near Pier J, is an open-air mall designed to resemble an old English village.
Shoreline Village, at the foot of Pine Street, is a harbor side shopping center
with specialty shops, restaurants, a restored Looff carousel, and occasional
live boardwalk entertainment.
Bring along a good book
youâ€™ve been wanting to read. Get ready to stretch out, relax, and watch the
waves of the Pacific Ocean roll gently toward shore. Whether itâ€™s a leisurely
stroll along the beach, the roar of world-class stock cars racing in the shadow
of glittering skyscrapers, a picnic at one of the many local parks, or a
concert under the moonlit sky, Long Beach is a perfect vacation getaway. You
can even experience a serenade by gondoliers rowing an authentic gondola in the
Venetian style on a cruise through local canals. Ocean breezes waft gently off
the Pacific along a stretch of coastal paradise, while in the distance, a tall
ship sets sail.. These sights and many more await the visitor to romantic Long
Beach. Time to pack!