Long Beach is located in the South of California, on the Pacific West coast of the US. It is situated in the Los Angeles County, at about 20 miles (30km) south of downtown Los Angeles. Long Beach also borders the Orange County on its Southeast edge neighboring Seal Beach, Huntington Beach and the Newport Beach cities. Long Beach is considered as the 35th largest city in the US and the 5th largest in California. As it is situated in between the busy Los Angeles and the laid-back of the Orange County, Long Beach boasts an atmosphere that is a combination of the 2 cities bordering it. Long Beach is a renowned yacht charter destination, dotted with its beaches and parks; it is a relaxing place to kick back, read a book and people-watch. The big red Passport buses can be spotted along the streets and provide service to and from the city’s main attractions. While yacht chartering in the area, you will see that the city has a lot to offer when it comes to entertainment and attractions.
For yacht charter lovers, the Queen Mary is worth a visit, it was once a luxurious ocean liner and many of its state rooms are still used today as the ship also functions as a floating hotel. With various exhibits, shops and a number of restaurants, spending a day at The Queen Mary can be enjoyable for all ages. Long Beach is also home to the Aquarium of the Pacific, which is located right on the harbor downtown; this aquarium boasts some of the best sea-life exhibits in the country. Across the street from the Aquarium is The Pike, which is an entertainment complex that has a movie theatre, plentiful restaurants and even a giant ferries’ wheel. Long Beach is also considered as a very lively city on the West coast, it stays alive all year round which its various festivals such as the famous Long Beach Jazz festival. The Long Beach Convention center is also worth a visit and stays busy throughout the year with various conventions and expos. For yacht charter sailors, Long Beach is an ideal yacht charter destination due to its 345 days of sunshine every year. It is also an ideal respite for snow birds looking to escape the winter chill. At times, there can be a cool ocean breeze that caresses the shoreline.
The Port of Long Beach is located at about 9 km to the East-northeast of the Port of Los Angeles and about 90 km to the Northwest of the Port of San Diego. The port lies on the shores of San Pedro Bay , and it is connected to the Los Angeles harbor by the Los Cerritos Channel , and is also considered as one of the world’ s busiest ports. The Long Beach marina is truly one of the greatest locations for yachts slip mooring in California. There are various marinas surrounding Long Beach and this include the Alamitos Bay Marina, Long Beach Shoreline Marina ( or the Downtown Marina), and Rainbow Harbor (Rainbow Marina). All the yachts and boats are protected from by a series of offshore breakwaters and by a natural south-facing bay. Most yacht charterers anchoring in one of the marinas appreciate the location of Long Beach due to its rapid access to open water, prevailing winds and close proximity to Catalina Island. The yacht charter sailing conditions in Long Beach are practically perfect year round; and it is also for this reason that the area is renowned to be home to the Congressional Cup, Transpac and Olympic trial races.
The Rainbow harbor (Rainbow) is located next to the famous Aquarium of the Pacific. It offers 87 slips for commercial and recreational vessels including yachts. Inside the marina, there is a 100 ft long dock reserved for day guests and 250 ft for day guest mooring which is located outside the entrance to the harbor. From the marina, yacht charterers can see the Shoreline village with its numerous shops and restaurants. The Shoreline (Downtown) Marina is located between the Queen Mary and the Long Beach Convention center in the heart of downtown Long Beach. It offers up to 1844 slips for recreational boaters and its yacht club is well-frequented by yacht charterers who come over to visit the region. The Alamitos Bay Marina is located throughout the Alamitos Bay area and in the southeastern corner of Los Angeles County at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Second Street. The marina offers 1991 slips for yachts and some other services.