Long Beach sits on the Pacific Coast in Los Angeles County. It's one of Southern California's largest cities, second only to Los Angeles. Renting in Long Beach gives you a huge variety neighborhood choices, including the cozy beach areas of Belmont Shore and Naples, and family-oriented Bixby Knolls. Linked to Los Angeles and Orange County by multiple freeways, Long Beach offers Metro Rail service into LA, while Long Beach Transit provides extensive bus service. Long Beach has its own municipal airport and is roughly 30 minutes from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Downtown Los Angeles is only about 22 miles away from Long Beach.
When you rent in Long Beach, you have quick access to major Southern California attractions, including Universal Studios, Hollywood and Disneyland, all roughly 30 miles away. The Catalina Express ferry makes several trips a day from the Long Beach waterfront to nearby Catalina Island.
With its perennially pleasant weather, Long Beach is a good city for outdoor activities, such as biking and boating. Rosie's Dog Beach is a favorite of canines and their owners. There are 92 city parks that total more than 3,100 acres and include four launch ramps for boating in the Pacific Ocean. The 815-acre El Dorado Regional Park offers fishing lakes, an archery range, campgrounds and more. The city is also home to California State University Long Beach, so you can enjoy entertainment at the university's Bob Cole Conservatory of Music or catch one of the school's 18 sports teams in action.
Renting in Long Beach, CA
Apartments for rent in Long Beach are dramatically less expensive than neighboring Orange County beach cities and the city of Los Angeles. Act quickly and research the various neighborhoods, as dramatically different areas aren't located too far away from one another.
Tourist attractions Queen Mary ? This historic ocean liner and World War II troopship is Long Beach's most famous attraction.
The Aquarium of the Pacific ? Boasting 1,000 animals in over 50 exhibits, the aquarium is a favorite of locals and visitors alike.
Long Beach Museum of Art ? The museum's permanent collection features roughly 3,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures and decorative art objects.
Museum of Latin American Art ? This is the only museum on the West Coast that exclusively features contemporary Latin American art.
Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum ? A museum dedicated to the art of the Pacific Island cultures.
East Village Arts District ? Cutting edge art galleries and unique cafes dot this area of Long Beach.
Long Beach Toyota Grand Prix ? The longest running major "street" race held on the North American continent draws crowds of around 200,000 people.
Congressional Cup ? Long Beach's popular yacht race that supports a long-standing tradition in the city.
Rosie's Dog Beach in Long Beach. (Courtesy of Laurie Avocado)
Downtown Long Beach. (Courtesy of Paul)