Long Beach

A vast city between the stars of Los Angeles and the shores of Orange County, Long Beach leaves room for heavy industry and heartfelt artistry.

Composed of several niche neighborhoods, Long Beach is known for beaches and bars, traffic and cars, airports, seaports, and an earnest artistic community. Bordering Los Angeles along its southwest edges, Long Beach is located between the celebrity epicenter that is LA and the high-profile beach towns of Orange County. Between its industrial coastline and urban core, wholesome residential streets, commuting university students, and creative types with singular style infuse this autonomous city with energy.

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On the Map

Long Beach is bordered by Hawaiian Gardens, Signal Hill, Los Alamitos, Paramount, Bellflower, Cypress, Lakewood, Wilmington, Compton, Seal Beach, Carson, and Orange County

LAX Airport: 30 minutes by car or 1 hour & 10 minutes by public transit
Santa Monica Pier: 40 minutes by car
Hollywood Walk of Fame: 40 minutes by car
Venice Boardwalk: 35 minutes by car
The Grove: 45 minutes by car

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An Urban City with A Coastal Attitude

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From the shores of its beaches to its inland expanses, Long Beach stretches a long way.

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This south-of-LA-city offers a lot.

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Old-school burger stands, new-school cupcakeries, and schools of higher learning make their home in the city.

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A city of stark contrasts, Long Beach mixes a coastal attitude with urban sensibilities.

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Showcasing its industry and undeniable urbanity, the Port of Long Beach remains the United States' second busiest shipping port.

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Its oceanside location positions it as the perfect place for a seaport.

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It positions it as the perfect place for waterfront sports, too.

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Live in Long Beach and you'll begin to understand.

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Style comes standard.

Centrally located between LA and Orange County, this location offers unbeatable access to the I-405 and other major freeways, making it a perfect basecamp for LA sightseeing, Catalina Island, Disneyland and other Southern California beaches and attractions."

Oceanfront Amusements

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Long Beach's beginnings as a port town are still evident in its ocean-minded approach to entertainment.

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Restaurants, rides, and souvenir stalls line Shoreline Village's boardwalks.

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Old ships stay afloat as dining halls and entertainment destinations.

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The Queen Mary made her maiden voyage in 1936 and she now serves as a museum and a restaurant.

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Art museums, maritime museums, and aquariums offer visions of California's modern culture and deep sea escapades.

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The Pike, Long Beach Pier's amusement park, stretches south from Ocean Boulevard.

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Long Beach's Fresh Markets

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Five farmers' markets feed Long Beach.

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They offer fresh produce, in-season eats, and never-out-of-season treats.

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Student Lifestyle: California State University Long Beach

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California State University Long Beach, CSULB or The Beach, adds scholastic diversity to the city's coastline and urban core.

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It serves over 35,000 on-campus and commuting students.

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CSULB is also home to the largest publicly funded art school this side of the Mississippi.

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Vox Veritas Vita.

The Quiet Side of Long Beach

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Beach culture permeates Long Beach.

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From the Spanish-style homes of Belmont Shore to the multi-story apartment complexes that rise from inland Long Beach, the city maintains its signature style and slow pace.

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Long Beach residents become local legends.

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Don Mare serenades from his front porch.

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Bradley Nowell and the rest of Sublime once serenaded from Long Beach's Friday-night bars.

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Long Beach has always commanded star-power of its own.

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After the Lights Go Out In Long Beach

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Neon lights, patterned tights, and full sleeves characterize Long Beach's nightlife scene.

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Both laid-back and high-energy, bars are casual and cold drinks are consistent in Long Beach.

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It's a little bit funky and a little bit nostalgic.

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Long Beach's mix of students, artists, and life-long Beach residents tip their glass to the town.

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Pedal gently into the night.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Rob Kalmbach

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Rob is an editorial & commercial art photographer based in LA. On a recent assignment to South Africa with Ghetto Film School, he documented student filmmakers. On the Airbnb project, Rob says: “I love exploring the City of Angels. The other day, I photographed in pouring rain, thinking the worst, but ended up with some of my best shots. The people I meet on a daily basis amaze me."

Lauren Devon

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Lauren Devon is an editorial and commercial lifestyle photographer based in Los Angeles. She loves the adventure of her work, as well as the creativity and collaboration that goes with it. With the help of locals, Lauren explored the heart of each community for Airbnb, and discovered neighborhood gems that made each story diverse and fresh.