Located in the southwestern part of the city of Long Beach, Alamitos Beach is an east-facing beach with light brown sand. This beach is situated between Long Beach City Beach and the Shoreline Yacht Club Marina. The water near this beach is owing to the presence of numerous ports and breakwaters along the Long Beach coastline. Alamitos Beach is not to be confused with another separate beach with a similar name called Alamitos Bay Beach which is located to the north beside the inland Alamitos Bay. Alamitos Beach offers numerous amenities including lifeguards, volleyball courts, a biking path, restrooms, showers, and water sporting equipment rental facilities. Dogs are not allowed on this beach. Getting to Alamitos Beach is easy – it is located near the intersection of Alamitos Avenue and Ocean Boulevard (which is how the beach got its name). There is a paid parking lot near Shoreline Drive. We recommend getting there early since the parking lot fills up quickly.
Alamitos Beach offers numerous activities including wildlife watching, swimming, boogie boarding, kayaking, canoeing, motorboating, kitesurfing, biking, volleyball, sailboating, jet skiing, parasailing, jet-skiing, surf-skiing, and beachcombing. The calm water of the beach makes it ideal for amateur swimmers. However, we recommend reviewing the water before swimming here as the water quality near Alamitos Beach can be poor due to its frequent use by watercraft. Strong onshore winds also blow near the beach, making this beach ideal for sailboating, kite surfing, and parasailing. There are volleyball courts present on the northern part of the beach. There is a biking path starting near the beach which stretches all the way east to Belmont Pier. The water near the beach is home to dolphins and seals. Jet Ski and boat rental shops are also available near Alamitos Beach. The Broadway Corridor business district near the beach features LGBTQ+ friendly nightclubs and bars.
There are many attractions near Alamitos beach - the Rancho Los Alamitos is a historical site featuring an early 19th-century ranch house and landscaped gardens designed by the famed landscape architect Frederick Olmstead Jr. The Watts Towers are a collection of 17 towers, sculptures, and mosaics built single-handedly by Sabato Rodia. The towers feature an arts center offering exhibitions, lectures, and lessons in a variety of subjects including art, music, dance, and photography. If you are looking for another attraction near Alamitos Beach, The Los Angeles Maritime Museum offers intriguing exhibits on nautical commercial and military history.
If you get hungry, there are many great restaurants near Alamitos Beach within a 16-minute drive. L’Opera Ristorante, which is listed in the Top 150 Italian Restaurants in North America by Epicurean Magazine, is a fine dining restaurant offering fantastic Northern Italian dishes. George’s Greek Cafe is famous for its Greek salad, gyros, and falafel. If you are looking for another good and affordable restaurant near Alamitos Beach, Baja Sonora Mexican Restaurant offers great tacos and burritos which are served in generous portions.
If you are looking for a hotel near Alamitos Beach, there are many great options within a 10-minute drive. The 4-Star Hyatt Centric The Pike Long Beach features many amenities: a restaurant, two bars, a rooftop pool, and a fitness center. A more affordable option is the 3-Star Courtyard by Marriott Long Beach Downtown which offers a variety of amenities including a restaurant, a pool, and a fitness center. Another good and affordable option is the modestly priced 2-Star Vagabond Inn Long Beach which offers various amenities including an outdoor pool and a breakfast.
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