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Long Beach to Alamitos Bay

A series of beaches extend for several miles along the coast of Long Beach, from the eastern edge of the harbor to the tip of the Alamitos Peninsula. There is no clear boundary between the beaches (City Beach, Belmont Shore Beach, Junipero Beach), and locals use the names interchangeably. The waters here aren't the cleanest—Long Beach Harbor is...
A series of beaches extend for several miles along the coast of Long Beach, from the eastern edge of the harbor to the tip of the Alamitos Peninsula. There is no clear boundary between the beaches (City Beach, Belmont Shore Beach, Junipero Beach), and locals use the names interchangeably. The waters here aren't the cleanest—Long Beach Harbor is one of the busiest ports on the Pacific Rim, and there are many oil rigs offshore—but it is calm due to miles of offshore breakwaters, making these some of the safest beaches in Los Angeles County and thus highly favored by families with small children.

Running alongside the beaches is the three-mile Shoreline Pedestrian Bike Path, which extends from Alamitos Avenue on the west end to 54th Place on the east. The concrete trail is wide (two six-foot lanes for bikes and a five-foot lane for pedestrians) and very busy with people walking, biking, and rolling. At the foot of 39th Place is Belmont Pier (also known as Veterans Memorial Pier), a 1,620-foot-long, T-shaped, smooth concrete pier that’s a great place to watch anglers and gaze out toward Catalina Island. You can also catch the Aqualink here, an accessible catamaran that will take you to other sites along the Long Beach waterfront. It operates from May to September.

Trail/Pathway Details

Shoreline Pedestrian Bike Path

Trailhead: Foot of Shoreline Village Drive

Length: Over 4 total miles

Typical Width: 4 ft. & above

Typical Grade: Level

Terrain: Hard

Description

There is much to take in on this beach path when you combine it with a stroll around Shoreline Village to the west, including shops, restaurants, and views of the Queen Mary across the bay. You can also take a catamaran ride to other stops around the bay. We picked up the beach path from Marina Green, just...
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Accessibility Details

The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.

Beach Wheelchair: No

At Shoreline Village, Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, Alamitos Park, and the foot of 54th Place. At Belmont Pier and Shoreline Village. There are numerous trailside restrooms. All are numbered, and only number 7 is fully accessible—all others have no stall doors, grab bars on both sides but not the back wall, 15-inch toilet heights, no roll-under sinks, and space at the toilet for only a front-approach transfer.
Next to the Long Beach Yacht Club in Alamitos Park and at the bike rental/cafe at the trail's northernmost end

Other Things of Interest

Adjacent Alamitos Bay offers boating, beaches, Marine Park, a paved bike trail, quaint neighborhoods, shops, and restaurants. The Mothers Beach parking lot provides close-up views of the bay. Cross the bridge at Marine Stadium to reach Naples Island, a neighborhood built to resemble Venice, Italy.

Bustling Second Street in Belmont Shore, just inland from Long Beach, is lined with boutique shops and restaurants. Finding an accessible route from the beach to Second Street is a challenge, however; it's easiest to drive.
Northern end of Shoreline Pedestrian Bike Path
Northern end of Shoreline Pedestrian Bike Path (Peggy Rowan)

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Features icon key

  • bicycling
  • boating
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • particularly good for families
  • picnic
  • swimming

Additional Information

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Website: www.longbeach.gov/default.asp
Managing Agency: City of Long Beach
Address: Foot of Shoreline Village Drive
Nearest City: Long Beach
Phone: (562) 570-1360 (lifeguard headquarters)
Hours: Belmont Pier: One hour before sunrise to midnight. Beach: One hour before sunrise to 10 pm.
Fees: None
Dogs: In restricted areas
Dogs not allowed on beach except at Rosie’s Dog Beach, an off-leash area between Roycroft and Argonne Aves (open 6 am-8 pm;www.longbeach.gov/park/parks_and_open_spaces/parks/dog_parks.asp
Public Transportation: Long Beach Transit
Useful Links: Belmont Pier, Shoreline Village, Parking

Did You Know?

The first and only flight of Howard Hughes's Spruce Goose, the world's largest airplane, took off over Long Beach Harbor in 1947.

Reviewed by Ann Ruth, August 26, 2013
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