Destination guide

From ocean liners to otters, Long Beach is great all summer long

For blond sandy beaches, historic ships, and a wealth of marine life, look no further than Southern California's Long Beach for your next vacation. This vibrant city is famous as the home of the historic Queen Mary ocean liner and the Aquarium of the Pacific, and is the launch point for trips to Catalina Island. If you book a Long Beach vacation rental close to Downtown, you'll also have the best of the city's bars, restaurants, and museums, on your doorstep. After dark, head down to the hip East Village and sample some good old Californian nightlife.

Things to do

Long (Beach) live the Queen Mary

Once a world-class ocean liner, the Queen Mary has been an iconic sight in Long Beach since she was docked here in 1967. Decked out in all her 1930s finery, the Queen Mary is now a hotel and tourist attraction. There are various guided tours on offer, or really push the boat out (excuse the pun) and book dinner onboard. If you prefer to explore life beneath the ocean, head to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Rainbow Harbor. Come face-to-fin with sharks, penguins, and even otters in this state-of-the-art aquarium.

Activities

Live long and prosper on Long Beach

As the name may suggest, life in Long Beach is centered around the miles and miles of blond sands the city gets its name from. Grab a picnic and settle down for a day on the beach. Or book a dolphin or whale spotting cruise from the harbor and make a day of it. It's also the launching point for boat trips to Catalina Island and Naples Island. In the summer, Long Beach is awash with festivals and events, while in winter, it's all about visiting the city's popular museums and aquarium.

Weather

Long Beach says boo to June Gloom

Southern California doesn't do badly in the weather stakes. Famous for its almost-year round sunshine and mild, Mediterranean climate, in the summer, Long Beach sees average temperatures around 70-80 degrees. It's the peak time to visit the city, and the best Long Beach vacation rentals tend to get booked up in advance. Spring and fall are equally pleasant times to visit, although beware of June Gloom, when it can get a little gray. In winter, the skies are still bright, but the temperature drops a little to below 60 degrees, so a light jacket is often needed.

Natural features

Mind the Gap—visit Long Beach's nature reserve

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Long Beach is a sprawling coastal city, a 24-mile drive south of downtown Los Angeles. From the beach, it's short 5-minute drive north to the Dominguez Gap Wetlands, a small urban nature reserve along the Los Angeles River. It has a variety of easy walking trails, many pathed and signposted, where you can see a wealth of birdlife and wildflowers. The wetlands have also become a popular with migratory sea birds drawn to its lush wetlands.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Long Beach

Fly into Long Beach, CA (LGB-Long Beach Municipal), the closest airport, located 4.4 mi (7.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Hawthorne, CA (HHR-Hawthorne Municipal), which is 13.7 mi (22.1 km) away.

Where to stay around Long Beach, CA?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,725 vacation rentals near Long Beach. From 1,383 house rentals to 869 condo and apartment rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Long Beach are on Vrbo.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Long Beach?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Long Beach:

  • Belmont Shore: 120 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 107 vacation rentals
  • Alamitos Beach: 230 vacation rentals
  • Bluff Park: 54 vacation rentals
  • Belmont Heights: 96 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Long Beach?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Long Beach. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center: 2,615 vacation rentals
  • California State University Long Beach: 3,117 vacation rentals
  • Museum of Latin American Art: 2,775 vacation rentals
  • El Dorado Regional Park: 3,285 vacation rentals
  • Virginia Country Club: 4,137 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Long Beach listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Long Beach?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 1,383 Houses in Long Beach. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Long Beach include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 869 rentals available
  • Cottages: 81 rentals available
  • Villas: 21 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Long Beach?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 707 vacation rentals with pool available in Long Beach. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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