Once you set foot at Long Beach Port, you can look forward to Broadway shows, beach fun and hundreds of dining options from different cultures. The city is situated in the southern part of Long Angeles, California. It is considered to be one of the most culturally diverse cities in the United States; many residents are immigrants from all over the world.
Long Beach is perfect for those who are trying to escape the winter blues and seeking to bask in the sun.
Shopping in Long Beach is as diverse as its people. Colorful bazaars, vintage stores and trendy shops are in every corner of the city.
The Belmont Shore on Second Street is home to national store outlets including Gap Clothing. Also in Belmont Shore is Arbor by the Bay, a local gift shop that specializes in customized gifts and seaside décor.
MEOW is a vintage shop selling vintage wear in mint condition. They are popular for their “dead stock” old accessories and apparel.
You should not also miss the Los Altos Shopping Center where everything from wine, gourmet food to retail stores can be found.
Things to See
Your visit to Long Beach won’t be complete unless you visit the legendary Queen Mary liner. Take a tour inside the Cunard White Star ship that used to be a troop transport liner during the Second World War. A handful of restaurants and a shopping center can be found inside Queen Mary.
Next to the Queen Mary is the Scorpion, a Russian submarine used during the Cold War. A retired Russian submarine officer can take you on a tour inside it during weekdays.
One of the largest aquariums in the United States is the Aquarium of the Pacific. You can visit this attraction at Aquarium Way on most days except during the Grand Prix weekend. There are around 1,000 species and 32 exhibits of marine wildlife at the museum.
The Long Beach Museum of Art is a small art museum displaying twentieth century art pieces focusing on Long Beach artists. Children below 12 years old get to visit the museum for free. During Fridays, entrance is free for all.
Visitors can try sport fishing on Catalina Island; sail the waters of San Pedro Pay and bike around the city. Another option is to just laze around the whole day; go to the beach and have fun under the sun.
Restaurants and Bars
There are around 100 restaurants in the city offering different cuisine styles; American, Mexican, Filipino, French, Japanese and most anything you fancy. Most of these dining venues are conveniently situated near the Long Beach cruise terminal.
Jongewaard’s Bake-n-Broil in Atlantic Avenue is known for their homemade pies, soups and comfort food. Take a bite of pizza at Ecco’s pizzeria and enjoy their Italian dishes as well. Lamb chops and fish fillets are house specialties at George’s Greek Café in Second Street.
Shannon’s on Pine is considered by locals to be the friendliest bar in Long Beach. Drinks are reasonably priced and dinner specials are also served. The Yard House provides an excellent view of the Shoreline Village Marina.