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Did you know Long Beach is known as the “Aquatic Capital of the World”? Long Beach is California’s 7th largest City and has become a “hot” place to live, dine and work. It encompasses many diverse neighborhoods such as Belmont Shores and Naples to Bixby Knolls, Cambodia Town, Trendy Pine Avenue, Alamitos Bay and 4th Street Retro Row.

The historic ocean liner, The Queen Mary is a great place to visit or stay and they host a fabulous New Years Eve as well as a Ghoulish haunted Halloween event among many other offerings. Cruise lines operate from the Cruise Terminal at the Queen Mary as well. Aquarium of the Pacific is home to more than 11,000 marine animals and Shoreline Village are great spots to spend a few hours or an entire day

Take a Gondola cruise around Naples Island, relaxing while meandering around the numerous canals or visit the canals in December for the annual Naples Island Boat Parade. If you want to experience something with a little more adrenaline then plan to attend the Toyota Grand Prix which is the largest street race in the country. Race cars reach speeds of up to 200 miles an hour racing through the streets of Long Beach and is the largest event in the city. If you want racing of a different kind, plan on attending the Annual Catalina Ski Race when Super boats race between LB and Catalina Island or watch the Congressional Cup as Yachts race each other in this International World Class Yachting experience.

Long Beach has its own Airport conveniently transporting you to about 18 major Cities and currently supports American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue and Southwest Airlines. Other modes of transportation are the Long Beach Transit bus, great walking and biking paths and many parking garages are available should you decide to drive yourself. Home to the Long Beach Convention Center hosting a wide array of events drawing crowds from all over the world.

If you are a doggie lover, Long Beach is very pooch friendly with some pet-friendly hotels, some dining areas welcoming dogs as well as Rosie’s Dog Beach where dogs can play on the shore without a leash and there are currently 8 doggie parks throughout the City making Long Beach a pooch Paradise. If you are looking for entertainment, check out The Terrace Theater, Beverly O’Neill Theater and many more or enjoy performances from the Long Beach Ballet or LB Symphony or Opera.

So much to see and do, and if you want to take an hour long boat ride to the beautiful Island of Catalina, take the Catalina Express but be sure to make a reservation. Whether you want a casual day in the City or just a fabulous dining experience, Long Beach is sure to have something for everyone.

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