Sunny backyard
Hawcita-(8-min walk to beach)

Entire home/flat

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1 bedroom

1 bed
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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.

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: 9AM - 9PM
Check Out: 4PM
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and cat(s)
Room type: Entire home/flat

Free parking on premise
Wireless Internet
Laptop friendly workspace

Extra people No Charge
Cleaning Fee £38
Security Deposit £76
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House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is 9AM - 9PM


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

3 nights minimum stay

42 Reviews

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Rita User Profile
September 2017
Highly recommend this lovely home. Giselle thought of everything, was warm and accommodating. I felt like I was home again in my favorite city. Thank you!!!

Megan User Profile
September 2017
STAY HERE! It was so great. Giselle goes above and beyond. If I am ever back in Long Beach, I know exactly where I'm going to stay.

Nolan User Profile
September 2017
Giselle is one of the nicest humans ever! We were down celebrating my girlfriends birthday and she went out of her way to stock the fridge with not 1, but 2 bottles of Champagne! She even stocked us up on snacks and treats!! She is well organized and the living conditions were well prepared, in case we forgot anything during our travels. It is definentley a place we would return too.
Giselle User ProfileGiselle is a superhost.
Response from Giselle:
Awwww that is so sweet! Glad you enjoyed the bubbly. Hope to see you both again soon!
September 2017

Tara User Profile
August 2017
This was our first Air B&B stay and we couldn't have picked a better place! Giselle and her husband we the most friendliest, welcoming, and caring people we met out in Long Beach. When we arrived, she greeted us at the front door, and showed us our room. It was so cozy and had everything we needed plus so much more! We felt welcomed from the moment we got there and she was always making sure we had everything we needed. It was nice after a long day of touring the city to come back and just relax in bed! Her recommendations were incredible for food places and it felt like home. If we ever got back to Long Beach, we would stay here again! Definitely go meet Giselle and stay with her! Her and her husband have great energy!
Giselle User ProfileGiselle is a superhost.
Response from Giselle:
Awwww, Thanks! You guys also have great energy! It was an absolute pleasure to meet both of you.
August 2017

Shamaila User Profile
July 2017
What a special place this is indeed! Quaint, relaxing, lovely and romantic. The "Hawcita" is the perfect little home away from home. The hosts, Giselle and Kevin were more than gracious and made our stay so enjoyable. And of course, Little Cat the cat and Guinness the dog made the entire experience a bit more whimsical. We even got to walk Guinness on a sunshiney Sunday stroll down to the nearby park. We could not have asked for a better weekend, and this will be a forever fond memory. Oh, and the snacks, garden succulents, twinkly lights, and bottle of prosecco were our favorite details! - Happy Travelers
Giselle User ProfileGiselle is a superhost.
Response from Giselle:
We are sooooo glad you enjoyed your stay. It was a pleasure to meet you both. We hope to see you again in the near future! Consider this your home away from home. Giselle, Kevin, Guinness and Little Cat.
July 2017

Marte Herwig User Profile
July 2017
The perfect stay! We stayed here for 4 nights after driving PCH from San Francisco. Giselle and her husband was great hosts, put a lot of stuff in the fridge for us, gave us tips on everything from shopping to places to eat and what to do on our day trips, and let us use the backyard as much as we wanted. The room/annex was also very nice. If we're ever in Long Beach again, we will definitely stay here.
Giselle User ProfileGiselle is a superhost.
Response from Giselle:
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay! We hope to see you again!
July 2017

Nora User Profile
June 2017
They've fit everything you could possibly need into the Hawcita! We forgot toothpaste & sunblock, and they had those necessities and more for us to use. The basket of snacks and drinks (including champagne!) in the fridge were a great touch. We also appreciated their tips for local restaurants in walking distance and loved the Potholder Cafe and Lola's! Of course, like everyone else, Guinness was our favorite part of our stay! He is the sweetest little soul, and is so happy to make new friends. He was especially fun and delicious to cuddle after he had his bath. :) I actually miss him now!

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Long Beach, California, United StatesJoined in May 2015
Giselle User ProfileGiselle is a superhost.

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.

Languages: English, Español
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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