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Whether you want to explore maritime museums, make some finned and feathered friends or splash around in the ocean, there’s a Long Beach holiday with your name on it. Or at least there will be. Located about 35 km south of Los Angeles, this harbour city is alive with parks and gardens, local festivals and, of course, an active beach scene.
You’ll find several Long Beach hotels near the waterfront downtown and along the Pacific Coast Highway, just north of downtown. You can also book accommodation in Los Angeles and take the seaside scenic route on the P.C.H., a drive that proves life really is all about the journey.
Long Beach doesn’t take its nickname, “The Aquatic Capital of America," lightly. In fact, the city has adopted a retired British ship, The Queen Mary, which today serves as a museum and social venue. So, tour the vintage galleries or don your brunch best for a visit. If you want to get up close and personal with seals and sea lions—who doesn’t?— spend a day at Aquarium of the Pacific. Prefer to be the one splashing around? Well, this city is named for its extensive coastline, and while you’re on your way to the beach, you can take a turn through the collections at Long Beach Museum of Art. Spend an evening sampling global cuisine downtown before nodding off to sleep in a Long Beach hotel near Queensway Bay.
Touch down at Long Beach Airport (LGB), about 11 km northeast of downtown. If you stick to city centre you can easily get around with buses, but to access other neighbourhoods, one of Wotif’s car hire deals are a more efficient option.
Make the most of your holiday dollarydoos by mixing and matching airfare and Long Beach accommodation. It’s as easy as finding sand at the Long Beach Sea Festival.
Hotels in Long Beach start at AU$137 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.