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.
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 Santa Ana (SNA), 23 miles away. 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 may offer more frequent service and better fares.
Long Beach Airport (IATA: LGB) : 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 (IATA: LAX) : It is fairly easy to take the Metro Rail from LAX to Long Beach, although you may require a short taxi ride or transfer to another bus to reach your final destination. 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. This is the closest station to the airport. Purchase a two-segment ticket from the automated kiosk ($2.50) for the two rapid transit lines you will ride. Take the Green Line train and exit at the Imperial/Wilmington/Rosa Parks Station. Then change levels and transfer to the Blue Line southbound to Long Beach. 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.
Orange County/John Wayne Airport (IATA: SNA) : 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 (abeit, in different directions) and although busy, it is somewhat less busier than LAX for a little less airport hassle.
Long Beach is linked via the Metro Blue Line to downtown Los Angeles with connections to Hollywood, Union Station, Universal Studios, Pasadena, and East LA among other locations.
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) , Toll free +1-800 266-6883 See below, Get Around.
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 then transfer to the Blue Line into Long Beach. Note: the Blue Line goes through some inner city locations (Watts and Compton) and there are not dedicated security guards on the trains. It may be discomforting to take the Blue Line late at night.
Carnival Cruise Line has a home port at the new Long Beach Cruise Terminal, next to Queen Mary dock. Cruises return to this port from Baja California and the Mexican Riviera.
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 dowtown 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 public transit from Orange County
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.
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 consists of four bus routes connecting tourist and shopping sites. Passport A: Belmont Shore, crosstown from Catalina Landing through Downtown to Alamitos Bay Landing; Passport B: Village Tour, in the Downtown area; Passport C: Pine Avenue/Queen Mary, from Downtown to the Aquarium, Queen Mary, and the cruise ship terminal; Passport D: Los Altos, from Catalina Landing through Downtown to California State Long Beach and Los Altos shopping center. All four Passport routes converge at the downtown Transit Mall (Pine Ave and 1st St), where one can make transfers. Passport B and Passport C are FREE; Passports A & D are FREE only in the Downtown area between Catalina Landing and Alamitos Avenue.
There are several transit agencies with bus routes in Long Beach.
Long Beach Transit, +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: $4.00; Seniors (62 and older), etc., $2.50. Transfers: $0.50.
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)  Toll free +1-800 266-6883 (includes Blue Line light rail to downtown Los Angeles and Green Line to LAX). Fares Regular $1.50, each leg (transfers within the MTA system are not free); Seniors (62 and older), Medicare, Disabled: $0.55; Two children under age 5 may travel free with each fare-paying adult. Metro Day Pass Regular $5, valid on all MTA Bus and rail lines. Transfers to other systems, $0.30.
Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) 1-800 636-7433. Fares - Regular: $1.50; Seniors (60 and older), Medicare, Disabled: $0.60. OCTA also offers a Day Pass - Regular: $4; Seniors (62 and older), etc., $1.25. See the website for multi-day passes.
Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, ☎ ''+1-562'' 590-3100 (email@example.com, fax: ''+1-562'' 951-1629), . Daily 9AM-6PM, except December 25and 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: Adult - $24.95, Child (3-11) - $13.95, Senior (62+) - $21.95. General Admission Plus Behind-The-Scenes Tour (ages 7 and up only): Adult - $38.95, Child (3-11) - $27.95, Senior (62+) - $35.95..
Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, ☎ ''+1-877'' 342-0738, . Su-Th 10AM-6PM, F-Sa 10AM-7PM. The Queen Mary is a historic Cunard White Star ocean liner whose past includes being a troop transport in World War II and 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 a shopping promenade. General Admission includes Ghosts and Legends Tour, 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 or the Scorpion Submarine. (Pay parking or take Passport C)General Admission: Adult - $24.95, Senior/Military* - $21.95, Child (5-11) - $12.95.
1126 Queens Highway (adjacent to the Queen Mary), ☎ ''+1 562'' 432-0424 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: ''+1 909'' 336-5938), . Daily 10AM-6PM. A self-guided tour of a Cold War Soviet submarine. A retired Russian submarine officer is at the submarine five days a week to answer questions. Call ahead for days and hours he will be available. Be aware that the passageways and hatches are very small, so this is not for those who are claustrophobic. Admission is also available as a combo ticket with the Queen Mary. (Pay parking or take Passport C)Adults - $10.95; Seniors (55+), Children (3 to 11), Military (With ID)- $9.95; Under 3 are Free.
Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, 1250 Bellflower Boulevard (On the campus of California State University Long Beach), ☎ ''+1-562'' 985-5930 (email@example.com), . Tu-F 8AM-3:30PM, Su Noon to 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.
Long Beach Museum of Art, 2300 East Ocean Boulevard, ☎ ''+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 DAdult - $7, Senior (62+)/Students (with ID) - $6, Child (under 12) - Free. Every Thursday evening from 5PM-8PM free for all ages..
Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Adobe, 4600 Virginia Road, ☎ ''+1-562'' 570-1755 (fax: ''+1-562'' 570-1893), . 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..
Naples Island, (Take Ravenna Drive south from 2nd Street). 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.
Long Beach Firefighter's Museum (Old Station 10), 1445 Peterson Ave., (firstname.lastname@example.org), . W 8AM-Noon, 2nd Sa 10A-3PM. Free. (33.785172,-118.173233)
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.
Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), 628 Alamitos Ave., ☎ ''+1 562'' 437-1689 (email@example.com, fax: ''+1 562'' 437-7043), . W,F-Su 11A-5PM. Th 11A-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.General - $9, Seniors and students - $6, children under 12 - free.
Gondola Getaway, 5437 E. Ocean Blvd. (Naples), ☎ ''+1-562'' 433-9595, . Seven days a week, 11AM - 11PM, 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 9AM - 5PM daily.2 to 6 people: $85 for two people and $20/additional person; 7 to 14 people: $250 up to 10 and $25/additional to 14; 21 to 60 people: $20/person.
Catalina Express, 320 Golden Shore (downtown Long Beach), ☎ toll free ''+1-800'' 481-3470, . 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: Adult - $70.50 adult, Senior (55+) - $64, Child (2-11) - $55, Infants (under 2) - $5. Bikes and surfboards - $6.
Long Beach State Athletics (49er's), 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, ☎ ''+1-562'' 985-4949, . The 49er's 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.
Belmont Plaza Pool, 4000 E Olympic Plaza Drive (At the foot of Termino Avenue, 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.Adults - $4, youth (17 and under) and Seniors (50 and over) - $3..
Long Beach Performing Arts Center (includes the Terrace Theatre), 300 Ocean Blvd, ☎ ''+1-562'' 436-3661, . Performances of International City Theatre , Long Beach Symphony Orchestra , and other events.
El Dorado Park West, 2800 Studebaker Rd., ☎ ''+1-562'' 570-3225 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Info Desk: M-F 9AM-7PM, Sa 12PM-4PM, Closed Su. Free to the public portion of El Dorado with Youth Recreation and Senior Center.
El Dorado East Regional Park, 7550 E. Spring St., ☎ ''+1-562'' 570-1773 (email@example.com), . 7AM-dusk, Closed on Christmas. Very large recreation park with bike paths, playgrounds, and ponds.M-F - $5, Sa-Su $7 Sat. & Sun, holidays - $8.
El Dorado Park Nature Center, 7550 E. Spring St., ☎ ''+1-562'' 570-1745 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Trails: Tu-Su 8AM-5PM Tu-Su, 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.
Long Beach is a very golf-friendly city, home to several golf courses.
El Dorado Park Golf Club (Golf Course), 2400 Studebaker Road, ☎ ''+1-562'' 430-5411 (email@example.com), . Sunrise - sunset. An 18 hole Ted Robinson, Sr. designed course with challenging water hazards and mature tree lined fairways.Call for current rates.
Recreation Park Golf Course 18, 5001 Deukmejian Drive, ☎ ''+1-562'' 494-5000, . daybreak - 9:00PM. 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.
Recreation Park Golf Course 9, 5000 East 7th Street, ☎ ''+1-562'' 438-4012, . A nine-hole executive course.Call for current rates.
Skylinks Golf Course, 4800 East Wardlow Road, ☎ ''+1-562'' 421-3388, . 6AM-9:30PM. 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.
Heartwell Golf Course, 6700 East Carson Street, ☎ ''+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 12PM Sa-Su and holidays - $11.
Long Beach Grand Prix, Downtown, ☎ ''+1 562'' 981-2600 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . 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 (PrideWeek@LongBeachPride.com), . 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 - Greek food and entertainment. Call +1-562 494-8929 for more information. Labor Day weekend.
Long Beach Blues Festival, +1-562 985-1686, e-mail:email@example.com. 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, +1-562728-8829 - 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.
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) aka The Beach -  1250 Bellflower Boulevard, +1 562 985-4111. CSULB offer a wide range of Bachelor degrees, as well as Masters 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 Street
LBCC Pacific Coast Campus - 1305 East Pacific Coast Highway
Long Beach Museum of Art Healing Children through Creativity: Child Art Therapy Workshop, October 27 and 28, 2008,  2300 E. Ocean Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90803. An introduction to the basic principles and practice of art therapy with children suffering from emotional, behavioral, medical and developmental challenges.
Belmont Shore pedestrian district, Second Street 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.
Los Altos Shopping Center. Bellflower and Stearns, Los Altos neighborhood. Stores include Target, Trader Joe's, Big Lots, Rite Aid, Golden Spoon Yogurt, Sears, Bristol Farms gourmet food store +1-562-430-4134 (7AM-10PM, includes cafe, Thursday wine tastings 5:30-7:30, $23), T J Maxx, Baja Fresh Mexican Food, See's Candy (across Bellflower). Close to the Passport bus route D to Cal State and downtown Long Beach.
Shoreline Village, 429-P Shoreline Village Dr. (located at the south end of I-710, east of the Aquarium), ☎ 562-435-2668, . Retail store hours are 10AM - 9PM daily; summer retail hours are 10AM - 10PM daily. Restaurant hours vary. Shoreline Village is a family friendly waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment center that overlooks beautiful Rainbow Harbor. Take Passport C.
Formerly known as "Iowa by the Sea", but now populated by a diverse community, Long Beach has a full range of dining options.
Creme De La Crepe, 400 E. First Street Long Beach 90802 (Corner of First and Elm just off Ocean Blvd), ☎ 562 437 2222, . 8AM-10PM. Picture a Paris street cafe, add sunshine and cool breeze and what you get is "la creme de la crepe..." Authentic French cafe serving breakfast, lunch and diner daily. Award winner every year since 2005 and now recommended by Sunset Magazine, et voila!
Sushi Studio, 4917 East Pacific Coast Highway, ☎ (562) 498-9008. Sushi restaurant that has a Thai theme with very good lunch and happy hour specials. Lunch specials under 10$ and specials on rolls. The Yellow Submarine(vegetarian) and Sexy girl rolls are very good. Located next to Don's Motel on Pacific Coast Highway. Parking can be tight sometimes.
Gladstone's Long Beach, 330 S. Pine Ave. (South Pine and Shoreline Drive), ☎ 562 432 8588, .
Jongewaard's Bake-n-Broil, 3697 Atlantic Avenue (Bixby Knolls neighborhood), ☎ ''+1-562'' 595-0396. A local secret known for homebaked pies, desserts, soups, and comfort food. Inexpensive (and popular so expect a wait).
Parkers' Lighthouse, 435-A Shoreline Village Dr. (located in Shoreline Village within landmark lighthouse), ☎ 562-432-6500, . Contemporary seafood restaurant with shoreline view of the Queen Mary.
Polly's Bakery Cafe (Bixby Knolls location), 3490 Atlantic Ave., ☎ ''+-562'' 595-5651, . 6:30AM-10PM. Local chain known for site-baked pies especially fresh strawberry and ollalieberry in season. Roast turkey and chicken dinners.Inexpensive.
Polly's Bakery Cafe (Los Coyotes location), 4680 Los Coyotes Diagonal, ☎ ''+-562'' 597-6076, . 7AM-10PM. Local chain known for site-baked pies especially fresh strawberry and ollalieberry in season. Roast turkey and chicken dinners.Inexpensive.
Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, 1 Pine Avenue (On the corner of Pine Avenue and Ocean Boulevard), ☎ ''+-562'' 308-2255. Local microbrewery known for their in-house beers and root beer.
Yard House Long Beach, 401 Shoreline Village Dr. (located in Shoreline Village), ☎ 562-628-0455, . Chain restaurant with extensive menu
Zephyr Vegetarian Cafe, 340 E 4th St. Long Beach, CA 90802, ☎ +1-562-435-7113, . Zephyr is a vegan/vegetarian/raw cafe
Enrique's, 6210 E Pacific Coast Highway, ☎ ''+1-562'' 498-3622. 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.
Taco Surf, 5316 E 2nd St. Bar and taqueria.
Baja Sonora, 3502 Atlantic Ave.
Hole Mole, 421 Obispo Avenue, 1327 East 4th Street, 5209 Pacific Coast Highway. Fish Tacos, breakfast burritos.
Ecco's Pizzeria, 2123 Bellflower Boulevard, ☎ ''+1-562'' 597-3357, . 11AM -10PM. Small place with great pizza and Italian dishes. Locals favorite.
The Deli News, 5555 E Stearns St, ☎ ''+1-562'' 598-2123. Very small place with inexpensive pizza and Italian dishes. Charming and friendly owners.
Sophy's Thai & Cambodian, 3720 E Anaheim St., ☎ ''+1-562'' 494-1763. Small place with Thai and Cambodian dishes.
Siem Reap, 1810 E Anaheim St., ☎ ''+1-562'' 591-7414.
New Paradise, 1350 E Anaheim St., ☎ ''+1-562''218-0066.
Tokyo Wako Long Beach 310 S. Pine Ave. (562) 435-7600 Japanese steak house and sushi.
Sushi West So. California, 4105 Atlantic Ave., ☎ ''+1-562'' 424-4004. 11AM-9PM M-F, 11:30AM-9PM Sat & Sun. 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. Cash Only$5-$12.
Bamboo Teri House, 3391 Atlantic Ave. (In Long Beach between the 710 and 405 freeways.), ☎ ''+1-562'' 595-6049 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: ''+1-562'' 595-7052), . M-F: 11AM-9PM, Sat: 12PM-9PM, Sun: 12PM-8PM. Nice sit-down resturaunt with take-out and online ordering. Best teriyaki sauce in town!
Benley, A Vietnamese Kitchen, 8191 E Wardlow Rd. (at Norwalk Blvd), ☎ ''+1-562'' 596-8130. Closed Sunday. 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.
George's Greek Cafe, 5316 E. Second St., phone 562-437-1184. 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.
Michael's on Naples, 5620 E 2nd Street (ocean side of 2nd), ☎ ''+1-562'' 439-7080, . Dinner 7 days 5PM. White cloth Italian with award winning wine list, rooftop lounge, brickoven pizzeria next door.$50-$70.
555 East American Steakhouse, 555 E Ocean (Downtown Long Beach), ☎ ''+1-562'' 437-0626, . Lunch: M-F: 11:30AM-3PM; Dinner: Mo 5:30PM-9PM; T-Th: 5:30PM-10PM; F- Sa: 5:30PM-11PM; Su: 5PM-9PM. Prime steakhouse$50-75.00.
Aboard the Queen Mary
Sir Winston's, ☎ ''+1-562'' 435-3511, . 5:30PM-10PM. Features Continental and California cuisine. Semi-Formal attire requested and Reservations are required.$31-.00-78.00.
Champagne Sunday Brunch, ☎ ''+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 - $37.50, Children (5-11 years) - $12.
Observation Bar, ☎ ''+1-562'' 435-3511, . M-Tu - 12PM-12AM; W-Sa - 10AM-2AM; Su - 10AM-12AM.
Joe Jost's, 2803 E. Anaheim Street, ☎ ''+1 562'' 439-5446 (email@example.com), . M-Sa 10AM - 11PM, Su 10AM - 8PM. 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.
The Yard House, 401 Shoreline Village Dr., ☎ ''+1 562'' 628-0455 (fax: ''+1 562'' 435-5544), . Su-Th - 11AM-12AM, F-Sa - 11AM-2AM. 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 3-6PM, Pints $3.25, Martinis $5.25, half-price appetizers.Food: $8.95-30.45.
Shannon's On Pine, 209 Pine Ave (Just two blocks north of the convention center on Pine Ave. Located on the corner of Broadway and Pine), ☎ 562-436-4363. M-F 11:30AM-2AM Sa-Su 9AM-2AM. By far the friendliest bar in Long Beach. Excellently located on the corner of Pine ave 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.
The Sweet Water Saloon, 1201 E. Broadway (Corner of Orange Av. and Broadway), ☎ 562-432-7044. 10AM-2AM. 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+.
Best Western Golden Sails Hotel, 6285 E Pacific Coast Highway, ☎ ''+1 562'' 596-1631, Toll-free: ''+1 800'' 762-5333 (fax: ''+1 562'' 594-0623), . checkin: 2PM; checkout: 12:00 noon. $134.
Best Western of Long Beach, 1725 Long Beach Boulevard, ☎ ''+1 562'' 599-5555 (fax: ''+1 562'' 599-1212), . checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11:30AM. $120.
Hilton Long Beach & Executive Meeting Center, 701 West Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90831, ☎ 562-983-3400, . checkin: 3PM; checkout: 12PM. The recently renovated Hilton Long Beach & Executive Meeting Center hotel in Long Beach, California offers exceptional service, international flair and an elegant ambiance. Conveniently located next to the World Trade Center and on the Passport bus routes A and D.$150.
Hyatt Regency Long Beach, 200 S. Pine Avenue, ☎ ''+1 562'' 491-1234 (fax: ''+1 562'' 983 1491), . checkin: 3PM; checkout: 12:00 noon. Full service luxurious hotel with water views from rooms. Walking distance to shops, restaurants, and the Aquarium of the Pacific. $263.
Long Beach Marriott, 4700 Airport Plaza Drive, +1 562 425-5210, Fax: +1 562 425-2744, .
Motel 6 Long Beach - International City, 1121 East Pacific Coast Highway, +1 562 591-3321, Fax: +1 562 591-2152, .
Motel 6 Los Angeles - Long Beach, 5665 East 7th Street, +1 562 597-1311, Fax: +1 562 597-2741, .
Queen Mary (see above), sleep in one of the Sea Queen's grand first-class staterooms.
Renaissance Long Beach Hotel, 111 East Ocean Boulevard, +1 562 437-5900, Fax: +1 562 499-2509, .
Residence Inn Long Beach, 4111 East Willow Street, +1 562 595-0909, Fax: +1 562 988-0587, .
AVIA Hotel Long Beach, 285 Bay Street, ☎ 562.436.1047, .
Extended Stay America - Long Beach Airport, 4105 E Willow St, Long Beach, CA 90815 (From I-405, take the Lakewood Blvd. Exit South. Travel approximately 200 yards. Turn right onto Willow St. and travel approximately 200 yards. Extended StayAmerica will be on the right.), ☎ (562) 989-4601, . checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. Clean budget hotel suits with fully-equipped kitchens, plenty of work space and amenities you won't find in a typical hotel room. Near Long Beach Airport. Great stay for business. Practical stay for families with kids. Pets are welcome (fees applied)
Hotel Maya ((formerly Coast)), 700 Queensway Drive, ☎ + 562 435-7676, . Newly renovated, exotic rooms featuring balconies and patios with bay or skyline views in a Latin resort theme, formerly a Joie de Vivre property now a member of the double tree hotel group
Vagabond Inn Long Beach, 150 Alamitos, Long Beach, CA 90802, ☎ 562-435-7621, . checkin: 3:00pm; checkout: 11:00am. Vagabond Inn Long Beach offers pet friendly rooms, complimentary continental breakfast, swimming pool, in-room safes, free WiFi, and other services.(33.768214,-118.18215)
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 south-western portion of the city. This area is bounded, starting from the south-east 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, destruction of property.
Long Beach has its own police department operating from four main stations throughout the city. Police can be reached by dialing 911 toll-free from any phone. The Long Beach Police now receive 911 calls directly from cell phones however calling 911 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 Avenue
North Station - 4891 Atlantic Avenue
East Station - 4800 Los Coyotes Diagonal
Fire/Emergency Medical Services
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.
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.
Long Beach Memorial Hospital - 2801 Atlantic Avenue, +1 562 933-2000
St. Mary Medical Center - 1050 Linden Avenue, +1 562 491-9000
Community Hospital Long Beach - 1720 Termino Avenue, +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: Lakewood Regional Medical Center - 3700 East South Street, Lakewood, +1 562 531-2550. This hospital has an emergency room reservation service. See their website for details.
East: Los Alamitos Medical Center - 3751 Katella Ave, Los Alamitos, +1 562 598-1311. This hospital has an emergency room reservation service. See their website for details.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Long Beach is the home port for the ships "Ecstasy" and "Elation." Carnival built a terminal next to the Queen Mary. Cruises leave from this port to Baja California and the Mexican Riviera.
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