Long Beach, Los Angeles
As I have mentioned before... you much much better of while renting care when visiting LA. If you decided to do so, take a day trip to Long Beach... about 35-40 mins drive south of West LA. Long Beach is a lovely town on the sandy beach which has combination of both... a city and a resor feel. There you can rent a kayak, motor or sail boat for the day and take wonderful jorney along numerious canals, bay and the ocean. It is fantastic view and along those canals you will see magical looking charming homes and gorgeous landscapes. People riding row, motor or sail boats and kayaks. Lots of fun under the sun. Just check a map and one of freeways (depends on where you are coming from) will easily gets you there. When arrive to Long Beach, the drive along the water is Ocean Blvd. Ask anybody on the street or gas station where is Alamitos bay.. and people will be happy to give you directions.
Few people realize that Los Angeles has the second busiest maritime port in the World. Can you dig it? Number one is Seoul, and number two is Los Angeles. Who knew?
Well, true to LA, the port situation is as unnatural as the city itself. Los Angeles got a lock on drinking water from the Owens River Valley and then blackmailed neighboring cities to "consolidate" or die of thirst. San Pedro was no exception. Los Angeles annexed a twenty mile long, one mile wide corridor that leads from Downtown to the sea. It creates a rather bizarre city boundary, but the deal is done...and let me tell ya, the combined ports of Long Beach and San Pedro are a sight to see! Tremendous span bridges, piping smokestacks, and endless piles of shipping containers piled to the sky, the port is a fascinating sidetrip.
The town of San Pedro retains it's longshoremen character and is anything but a tourist attraction. However, I highly recommend a visit to the area for those fascinated by social structure and industry. Combine the trip with a visit to the nearby crashing cliffs of Palos Verdes(reminiscent of Ireland on a wet day), or a sidetrip to the cozy city of Long Beach and it's world class aquarium.
There are over 800 paintings and sculptures from 20 Latin American countries here and this is the only museum that features exclusively Latin American Art. There is also a Performing Arts stage that showcase performers from all over Latin America. In the Sculpture Garden you will be sure to see some very interesting exhibits.
Poets from Mexico, Jazz gypsys from South America, music and dance from Venezuela to name a few.
Located at 628 Alamitos Ave. Long Beach, CA 90802
Long Beach is a city in Los Angeles County and is the fifth largest city in California. The Queen Mary is Long Beach's most famous resident and landmark. Once a luxury liner, she sailed into Long Beach on December 9, 1967 and became a permanent fixture. The Queen Mary is the world's largest luxury liner and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Place.
The RMS Queen Mary! Want to take home an interesting story, visit this HAUNTED Los Angeles war ship. This beautiful ship started out as a luxury liner in 1934 and was transformed into a war ship during the war. It is said that many ghosts haunt the halls of this giant piece of machinery. Why don't you go and see for yourself. And if you should really be daring call for a reservation and spend the night aboard. They offer many great packages as well as a wonderful package for lovers with a trip to Catalina island. Lovers of submarines can also have an opportunity to board an authentic Russian war submarine! Visit the Queen Mary website for reservations and more information at www.queenmary.com/, and don't forget to make your reservation for Sir Winston's while you are it. See the restaurant section for more info!
The Queen Mary, which was about an hour away, but thought it was worth it. It is also a hotal and has restaurants and bars aboard. Can tour the ship as well.Also Malibu Beach El Matador Beach was unbelievable.