The Lovely City of Long Beach

The state of California is dear to my heart. The I took my first steps, said my first words and even wrote my first story in the Golden state. I am a Californian and therefore I have to disapprove the notion that Los Angeles, San Francisco, Hollywood and Wine country is all that California has to offer. California became a state on September 9, 1850. The state borders the Pacific ocean with a 900-mile stretch. One of the hidden places I love to escape to is Long Beach, California.

Willmore City was renamed to Long Beach in 1888 by its residents to honor its long and wide beaches. Growing up, I was confused because there was a sign saying welcome to Willmore City (Are we still in Southern California?). It is now considered the 1st Designated Historic District of Long Beach.

Long Beach City Limits Entrance Sign; Photo Courtesy of

What is so cool about Long Beach is the fact that you have the busy city life and  beautiful beaches, marinas and harbors all within one city. It truly is the Queen of Beaches. Therefore, you have so many options on things to do and places to visit. If you are pressed for time, I highly recommend visiting Rainbow Harbor and Marina. Located in the downtown area, the marina was originally developed in 1983 but the harbor and current marina wasn’t opened until 1995. The marina features 87 slips and 2 public docks. You can take riverboats, charter boats, cruises or even water taxis.

Riverboats in Rainbow Marina. Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.

Rainbow Harbor is also known as The Fishbowl because it is surrounded by the Shoreline Village, a shopping village on the boardwalk of Rainbow harbor where you can find many shops and restaurants. You can find everything from seafood to high-end fashion designer stores.

Shoreline Village. Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.

A minimum of  one day will allow you to explore all that the Rainbow Harbor and Marina has to offer. One of the main tourist attractions is the Rainbow Harbor lighthouse. It is located on the West edge of the marina and is not an actual lighthouse. It serves an an aesthetic pleasure for visitors to view. I was very mesmerized by it as it is an excellent place to snap a photo.

Rainbow Harbor Lighthouse. Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.
Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.

The harbor has something for everyone. I highly recommend taking your family to the Aquarium of the Pacific. This 5-acre non-profit public aquarium sees 1.5 million visitors each year. The exhibit features 11,000 animals representing over 500 different species. The main outdoor area called The Explorer’s Cove houses the Shark Lagoon.  The Shark Lagoon is an exhibit of over 150 sharks and rays. The exhibit had so many sharks that I got nervous and left the exhibit early (I can’t take any chances!).

Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.

Right next door to the Aquarium of the Pacific is the Shoreline Aquatic Park. This Aquatic park is the park area between Long Beach Arena and Downtown Shoreline Marina. It is an amazing spot to hang out and enjoy that perfect California weather. I had a deep conversation with my little brother about life here. The atmosphere here is very tranquil and I also found myself meditating here and at the Boardwalk.

View from the Shoreline Aquatic Park. Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.
Boardwalk In Rainbow Marina. Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.

Oftentimes, when you think of California, the first places that come to mind are Los Angeles, Hollywood, and San Francisco. However, the sunshine state has so much more to offer. Explore Long Beach and other parts of the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area today.

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16 thoughts on “The Lovely City of Long Beach

  1. Awesome! We love Cali! We are in Denver, so we are your brothers and sisters on the other side of the mountains! We were in Cali twice this year. Took the kids to Disneyland & their new Adventure Park in March for Spring Break. We stayed in Garden Grove at a rental house just a couple blocks from it. I must say Disneyland is creepy, but we had fun. The Indiana Jones ride is nuts! We went to Huntington Beach, but didn’t make it to Long Beach. Definitely need to check it out next time! We also went to San Diego in June and we did it all–Midway Ship, Birch Aquarium, Sea World, the Zoo, and the Safari Park. Crazy amount of walking, but we had fun! Our daughter swam with dolphins at Sea World. That was amazing. We stayed by Imperial Beach in a house right next to the border. Cool looking into Mexico. We are definitely looking forward to coming back to Cali real soon! God bless!

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  2. You had a great experience in California. You did things that not even Californians do. I love San Diego! That was my first experience at Sea World. You should definitely plan another trip to Cali. Let us know if you would like any advice, tips or suggestions. Have a blessed day brother and safe travels!

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  3. Los Angeles represent! I’m from LA, and I’m not too far from Long Beach. It’s a popular weekend jaunt among locals in the South Bay, and I’m glad you highlighted it in this post. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Great post. California is such a big state, with beauty on the coast…Imperial Beach and San Diego, all the way up to Humboldt county, Arcata, McKinleyville, on up. Beauty from the coast to the Sierra Nevada Mountains….little beauties like Independence, CA to majestic parks like Sequoia National Park, Lake Tahoe, Joshua Tree, Death Valley ,Yosemite, Mt. Shasta…such an amazing state. I’ve stayed in several CA towns.

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  5. I grew up in Massachusetts but I always longed to go to California. Honestly I wanted to see movie stars and go to Disneyland. It was not until I was in my fourties that my sister bought me airplane tickets to visit my brother and my children during Christmas in San Diego. I loved it! The warm air, sunshine, beaches, trollies were wonderful after escaping the winter weather of Massachusetts. Then about seven years ago I lived there for a few months. In addition to the warm air, sunshine, trollies and trains there was the world famous San Diego Zoo and Sea World and beautiful Balboa Park. I went to LA, saw the sights and went on a bus tour of homes of the movie stars. We even spotted a couple of movie stars. And I loved going to Shadow Mountain Church, in San Diego, a church of 10,000 people with the fantastic preaching of David Jeremiah. If I could go anywhere in the world I would return to San Diego California even if it was only for one week.


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