When you’re traveling to a city named Long Beach, California, you know you’re going to have plenty of beaches to visit. With so many to choose from, how do you know which beaches are the best? Keep reading for a rundown of the top beaches in Long Beach.
Junipero Beach, which is sometimes called Cherry Beach, begins at the end of Junipero Avenue and extends towards Belmont Pier. The aptly named Bluff Park sits on the bluffs that overlook the beach. At the park, visitors can enjoy walking, biking, and free daily yoga classes. The beach itself is wide, and a breakwater keeps the waves low and the water calm. This makes it a popular beach for families. If you’re interested in staying close to the Junipero area, check out the Westin at Hipmunk.com for n awesome place to stay adjacent to the beach.(Image by grepsalot)
Rosie’s Dog Beach
If a day at the beach just isn’t the same without your four-legged friend, you both can enjoy an afternoon at Rosie’s Dog Beach. This 4-acre stretch of sand, which is actually part of Granada Beach, is the only off-leash dog beach in the county. While the area isn’t fenced in, it’s clearly marked with signs and orange cones, and dogs are allowed to run free. Dogs are only permitted on the beach between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Even though bags are provided in dispensers, owners are still encouraged to bring their own to clean up after their dogs.
Belmont Shore Beach
The long stretch of sand that’s across from the Belmont Shore neighborhood and between Belmont Pier and Long Beach Peninsula is Belmont Shore Beach. The main part of this beach is located around the pier. Mostly used for fishing, the pier also hosts different events during the year. Other attractions around the beach include the indoor and outdoor pool at the Belmont Plaza Pool, and the adjoining gym that’s open to the public.
Peninsula Beach is on the far eastern end of Long Beach. The steady winds at this beach make it a popular spot for kiteboarding and windsurfing. Plus, since the waves here are usually small and calm, it’s also a great place for beginners who are just learning these sports. There are a few places nearby where visitors can rent equipment and buy lessons for stand-up paddle boarding, windsurfing, and kiteboarding.(Image by )
Of all the beaches in the area, Alamitos Beach is actually the one that’s closest to downtown Long Beach. A 3.1-mile bike path runs along the beach with two lanes for bicycle traffic and one lane for foot traffic. There are also vendors on the beach where visitors can rent skates, bikes, stand-up paddleboards, and kayaks. If you’re planning a last-minute getaway to Alamitos Beach, check out the new Hipmunk app for the best hotel deals.
Long Beach is known for its gorgeous beaches. You can’t go wrong with choosing any one of these great spots on your next trip to the area. What are some of your favorite Long Beach hotspots?
Author Bio :
Kristen McCalla is a Hipmunk writer and avid blogger who lives in St. Petersburg, Florida with her husband, cat, and dog. When she’s not writing on her blog, 31 Million Seconds, she enjoys traveling and exploring all over this beautiful country.
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