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The bustling city of Long Beach is nestled beside the Pacific Ocean, overlooking sparkling San Pedro Bay and lying on the south coast of sunny Los Angeles County. With about 345 days of sunshine per year, the average temperature remains comfortable and pleasant, averaging a temperature low of 46 degrees and an average high of 83 degrees in the warm season. Overall, Long Beach is the perfect setting for anyone trying to escape the harsh months of winter or the scorching days of summer; about five million people each year make the trip.

Accessibility is vital in this city. Tourists and residents alike buzz around from place to place over the 50 square miles of Long Beach. Only 22 miles to the south lies Los Angeles and just 10 miles southwest is Anaheim. San Pedro, Harbor City and Wilmington are no more than an eight-mile drive from the city. South Gate and Huntington Park are only a little farther away at about 18 miles.

Road travelers can venture along several major roadways. The 710 Long Beach Freeway, 405 San Diego Freeway, 605 San Gabriel River Freeway and 110 Harbor Freeway accommodate north/south traffic. The 105 Century Freeway runs east and west while the Route 1 Pacific Coast Highway runs along the coastline for a spectacular ride along the water.

Public transportation is perfect for the environmentally and financially conscious traveler.


The Metro Blue Line services passengers from Long Beach to downtown Los Angeles via light rail. Take a trip on the bus with Long Beach Transit, Metropolitan Transportation Authority or the Long Beach Passport Bus Shuttle. In nearby Los Angeles, hop on the Amtrak passenger line and be on course across the U.S.

By air, fly out of Long Beach Airport with ExpressJet, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways or US Airways. Carrying about three million passengers per year, these major airlines offer domestic travel with the option of connecting flights to both international and national destinations. Long Beach Airport is only about 10 minutes out of downtown Long Beach.

Just about 23 miles away, Los Angeles International Airport is a massive access point to the rest of the world. Travelers can fly to a plethora of destinations such as China, India, Israel, Singapore, Thailand, Switzerland, France and various others. Last year more than 60 million people flew with Los Angeles International Airport. John Wayne Airport in Orange County is home to 10 commercial airlines and three commuter airlines flying all over the country. The airport is only about 27 miles outside of the city of Long Beach.

The Long Beach Bikestation is the nation's first full-service bicycle facility offering storage for cyclists. Sign up to be a member and enjoy all of the amenities of the Bikestation, most of all peace of mind.

Aquatic transportation is humming at the Port of Long Beach. Not only is this the busiest port on the west coast, it is also environmentally friendly. While protecting the natural world, it is also a major employer for the area.

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