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.
Shoreline Pedestrian Bike Path
Trailhead: Foot of Shoreline Village Drive
Length: Over 4 total miles
Typical Width: 4 ft. & above
Typical Grade: Level
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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The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.
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.