Vibrant, eclectic, and perfect for the young—and young at heart—Long Beach has come to life with a plethora of activities, restaurants, and shops, making it ideal for a romantic getaway or weekend retreat with friends, including your four-legged ones, as most of the city and its accommodations are dog-friendly. Here, your guide for where to stay, what to do, and where to eat.
With tropical gardens, 500 palm trees, a man-made beach, and lively pool scene, Hotel Maya offers a Latin American–inspired resort experience along with 199 rooms set on 14 acres, directly on the waterfront. It also has its own private dock with a seasonal water taxi. In the heart of downtown, the Renaissance Long Beach offers contemporary décor and stunning views, while the Hyatt Centric The Pike Long Beach features spacious rooms and a central location with easy access to both downtown and the waterfront. Those looking for a boutique experience can book the Varden Hotel, a 35-room property originally built in 1929 and located just steps from downtown’s shopping and dining.
Didn’t get to Venice this year? Fulfill your romantic gondola-cruise fantasy with a cruise on one of Gondola Getaway’s quaint boats and tour the calm canals and bridges around Naples Island. Swan rafts? So five years ago. You (and your Insta) need a swan boat. Book one from Wheel Fun Rentals and take a nighttime cruise (it comes lit up) around Rainbow Lagoon. You don’t have to head to Hawaii for that perfect paddle boarding experience—book a board or kayak from Standup Rentals, located directly on the beach near the Naples Canals. Four-legged friends like action too. Bring yours to Rosie’s Dog Beach located at East Ocean Boulevard and Granada Avenue for a day of sand and surf.
Take in the ocean air while walking around the Shoreline Village shops and take home gifts and souvenirs from local gems like The Beach House, Pirates Cove, and Istanbul Home. Landscaped spaces and water views define the 2nd & PCH shopping center. Don’t miss Gorjana, Johnny Was, and San Lorenzo Bikinis, as well as fitness classes at Hawt Yoga and Barry’s Bootcamp, and food from Caffe Luxxe and Otosan Sushi. Those looking for an indie experience should head to 4th Street. Check out Xcape for vintage mid-century modern furniture and accessories; Gusto Bread made from organic ingredients and ancient techniques (get there early for the biscuits, which typically sell out before noon); and jewelry, cards, art, and ceramics from Merida Jewelry.
Indulge after all of the shopping, walking, and on-water activities. Asian fusion + waterfront setting + live music and DJs = Tantalum. As iconic as Gladstone’s or Duke’s, Boathouse on the Bay features a lively weekend brunch, as well as surf and turf favorites for lunch and dinner like miso-glazed Chilean seabass and 21-day dry-aged prime New York strip steak. Another local favorite, Parkers Lighthouse, is known for their epic happy hours and seafood sourced from Alaska, local day boats, and Hawaii. Meat eaters will enjoy 555 East and its USDA Prime steaks, all hand-cut from 30–70-day-aged corn-fed beef. Thirsty? Check out Ballast Point Brewery with more than 60 beers on tap and its deck overlooking Alamitos Bay and Beachwood Brewery with 30 beers on tap (and their crave-worthy pulled pork, which marinates for 24 hours and smoked for 13 hours).