Long Beach Flights:
Flights to Long Beach
Long Beach is a city in southern California, most famous for its coastal location, large port, and popular beaches. Long Beach is within the Los Angeles metropolitan area and is situated about 20 miles (32km) south of downtown LA.
The closest airport for flights to Long Beach is the Long Beach Airport (airport code: LGB), but you’ll get more direct service if you fly into the Los Angeles International Airport (code: LAX) instead. It’s 25 miles (40km) away, and there are shuttle and rail services into Long Beach. A dozen airlines service LAX when flying from South Africa, so you’ll have many choices for 1-stop flights to Long Beach. Examples include United Airlines who stop once in Frankfurt; British Airways and Virgin Atlantic connect in London. South African Airways also stops in London.
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The Tourist Attractions in Long Beach:
Though you may only think of Long Beach for its beaches this city also has an excellent selection of other attractions, making this quite a family friendly destination. With the proximity to Los Angeles and its attractions, Long Beach would make a good base for exploring this part of Southern California.
The RMS Queen Mary
The Queen Mary is one of Long Beach’s biggest and most famous attractions. This former cruise liner is famous for being the fastest one in the world between the years of 1936 and 1952 and now although it does not sail anywhere it’s a floating attraction that’s been converted into a hotel and maritime museum. The Queen Mary is actually 61 metres longer than the Titanic was and it still has its striking art deco architecture. Once aboard you can explore some of the decks or enjoy a meal in one of its restaurants.
Aquarium of the Pacific
Across the water from the Queen Mary is the Aquarium of the Pacific. This is one of the largest aquariums in the United States and features over 12,500 animals from 650 different species. Focusing on life in the Pacific Ocean there are three themed areas here: Tropical Pacific, Southern California and Baja, and the Northern Pacific, each with many different varieties of marine life.
Rancho Los Cerritos
On this former ranch is an old Monterey-style adobe style home that was built in 1844. This home is now a designated historic site and it’s open to the public for tours on certain days of the week.
Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden
On the campus of the California State University is the attractive Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden. These authentic gardens were inspired by those of the Imperial Gardens in Tokyo and are open to the public every day of the week except Saturday and Monday. As well as the gardens themselves there’s a traditional tea house and koi ponds to see.
When Should You Visit?:
Long Beach has a warm Mediterranean climate so it’s a city that can be enjoyed throughout the year. Summers are the most popular time to visit, these months being the hottest. Temperatures don’t usually got overly hot because the city is moderated by the Pacific Ocean so average highs in July are 28C and lows 18C. Summer is very dry, and although the winter is the wettest time of year, rainfall levels are really quite low. January’s average high is a pleasant 19C.