Quaint backyard mini-cottage in Carroll Park. Near loads of great places to eat. 3 blocks from the beach, 2 miles from Downtown LB. 1.5 miles from Belmont Shore. Near many bus routes. Just a ten-minute walk to Retro Row.
Drinks and Nightlife
There are about 10 bars within a two-mile radius of our home. The Socialist serves great beer and excellent comfort food. CoCo Reno's restaurant serves good Mexican food at the Reno Room. Feeling like something healthy to go with your cocktail try the tortilla soup. For excellent burgers and a trivia competition, we go to Gallagher's on Wednesday night. It is about a 10-minute walk from the house. For amazing and reasonably priced burgers try MVP's on the corner of Temple and 4th Street. For a spectacular view, get yourself to the bar on top of the Sky Room. It changes names often and it's not for the faint of heart. If you take the elevator to the Sky Room and then walk up some stairs you will find it at the top of the building.
In Long Beach proper, the best sightseeing to be had is at the Aquarium of the Pacific. The Queen Mary lets you imagine a time gone by and the majesty of the history of the sea. You can visit the Scorpion Submarine while there as well. You can even enjoy a fancy dinner at Sir Winston's while on the ship.
Not too far from Long Beach you can visit the USS Iowa Museum or Main Street in Seal Beach,
Disneyland is 22 miles from the house. It is about a 30-minute drive with light traffic.
Universal Studios is about 35 miles from the house and about a 50-minute drive with light traffic.
We also recommend a drive south along the Pacific Coast Highway to Laguna Beach. It is one of the nicest beaches in California… or you can drive north to Palos Verdes for spectacular sunsets and beautiful ocean views. Dinner at Terranea's Mar'sel restaurant is super pricey but worth it.
Parks and Nature
We HIGHLY recommend whale watching at Captain Dave's Dolphin Safari out of Newport Beach. It takes about an hour to drive there, but we have seen whales nearly every time we have gone out. Try to book the catamaran as it has amazing underwater dolphin watching tubes. It doesn't seem to matter if you take the morning or afternoon boat, so take the afternoon boat so you can sleep in. You can hang out in San Juan Capistrano before or after the cruise. The San Juan Capistrano Mission is an excellent example of California history.
Want to see the bay up close and tour the beautiful homes in Naples? Leeway Sailing & Aquatics Center offers classes throughout the year in sailing, kayaking, and canoeing.
Arts and Culture
The Long Beach Art Museum is an 8-minute walk from the house. Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) is 1.5 miles from the house. The Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum is across the street from MOLAA. As far as culture, Long Beach is consistently listed as one of the most diverse cities in the US. We have a large Cambodian population and immigrants from many Spanish-speaking nations, so authentic cuisine from around the world is easy to find. Religious services? Methodist, Lutheran, Buddhist, Jewish all within a 15-minute walk. The nearest mosque is a ten-minute drive.
Retro Row on 4th Street is excellent for thrift shopping. Belmont Shore also has some nice boutiques and some major chains stores such as The Children's Place, Gap, White House Black Market, Tilly's, and Banana Republic.
We are about a 35-minute drive or 50 minutes if you take the scenic coastal route to Fashion Island in Newport Beach. It is about a 30-minute drive to the South Coast Plaza in Orange County. There you can find high-end shops like Bulgari and Chanel
We are about an hour's drive from Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade.
It is a ten-minute walk to a normal-sized grocery store (Ralphs) and an 8-minute walk to a Rite Aid Pharmacy. On your way to the grocery store you can stop at MVP's the BEST juiciest messiest burgers in Long Beach and possibly anywhere in the US. Plan on taking a shower afterwards;)There are a couple of liquor-store mini markets even closer for last minute items.
Although you can certainly walk to everything you need to do with public transportation in Long Beach, everyone knows trying to do the greater Los Angeles area without a car is difficult. Our public transportation is not so great. However Lyft and Uber are readily available, and if it's off-peak really reasonable to get around.
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I am an English language and reading professor at a local college. I have lived in Madrid and Helsinki. I spent a summer in the Soviet Union in 1984. My husband, Kevin works with computers. We both enjoy intelligent conversation and good food. We love spending time with our friends many of whom live walking distance from our home. We love to entertain and can make a party materialize out of thin air.