I grew up in beautiful Southern California in the most diverse city that I’ve ever known so far, Long Beach. Yes, the same Long Beach Snoop Dogg, Cameron Diaz, and many other celebrities are from. I actually went to the same high school they went to, Long Beach Poly. Not that that matters. I love Long Beach and you would too! Here’s three main reasons why!
To me Long Beach is a good representation of what America is. You can find so many different cultures in this area from food to festivities. I could walk a few blocks and get some authentic Mexican food, walk a little more for Pad Thai, cross the street for Pho take a bus for Lasagna, turn around for Gyros, take a short drive for Sushi, and skip back for a burger. I mean the list goes on. Long Beach is such a great place to try different foods from all over the world within a 10 mile radius. And the food is so good!
Not only can you expand your horizon here, you can expand your language and experience different cultures. Long Beach as a whole isn’t really dominated by one group of people. But we do have little communities within Long Beach that is dominated by a specific group. In a place as diverse as Long Beach, I expect that to happen. People tend to gravitate to people of similar lifestyles, cultures, and beliefs. That’s what a community is.
Most areas in Southern California are known for the great weather. We range from 70-85 degrees year round. Of course we have our chilly times under 70 and our hot times over 85 but the weather is usually something to brag about. As far as the 70-85 degrees, I’m mainly talking about Long Beach and surrounding areas. Obviously not the entire Southern California has the same weather. Places like San Diego gets more rain and the mountains get snow. Yes, WE DO GET SNOW on the west coast. Just not at the beaches where I live.
Even though we have great weather just about daily, it’s not so great for our land. In Long Beach we don’t get much rain and we’re in a severe drought. The city is taking drastic measures to conserve water but all the efforts still isn’t enough. It’s so bad that when it actually does rain, people freak out. Rain is so rare out here that it has become such an exciting event for Southern Californians. It’s right up there with earthquakes.
There’s Always Something to Do and See
Long Beach is such a beautiful place. The city is filled with greenery and there are lots of things to do. You can spend the day at one of our many beaches. I prefer to go a little south at least to Belmont Shores and beyond where the water is cleaner.
The Pike in Downtown Long Beach is filled with local shops, restaurants, clubs, and bars. They also just opened up an outlet down the hill on Pine Ave. featuring stores like Nike, Converse, H&M and Forever 21. The Cinemark movie theater down there was renovated with lounge chairs for an at home experience. There are a variety of restaurants that line the Pike’s shore. You can get BBQ from Famous Dave’s and get seafood from Gladstone’s or Bubba Gump.
Across from Bubba Gump is our Aquarium and a walkway to our lighthouse. If you’re at the lighthouse, you can see across the water is a big ship. It’s the Queen Mary. There are a few tours on the Queen Mary and a museum on the ship. During October we have Dark Harbor. It’s a haunt similar to Knott’s Scary Farm and Halloween Nights At Universal Studios. I used to work as a monster and being as unbiased as possible, Dark Harbor is definitely a place to visit during the Halloween season.
Long Beach is such an artistic place. Art fills the city everywhere. We have local art shops and art shows, a Performance Arts Center where you can see Symphonic Orchestras play and there is a playhouse held by local actors and actresses. There are plenty of music festivals, art street walks, museums, and fashion shows throughout Long Beach. If you’re into the art scene, Long Beach is definitely a home for that.
Another spot I love in Long Beach is 2nd street and Naples. Second Street is a strip of bars and restaurants. It’s easy to bar hop and get a bite to eat. Naples is my favorite place to go during the Christmas season. The home owners have competitions on their Christmas decorations and they really go all out. I always wonder what their electricity bill is in December. But guessing by the looks of the homes, I think they can afford a little spike in their electricity bill for one month. It’s really a site to see!
I could go on because there really is a lot more to do in Long Beach than I mentioned. But maybe I should make a whole separate post about things to do in Long Beach! I love my city and I’m happy my parents decided to move here when I was 2. It’s part of the foundation of who I am today.
Long Beach has a Facebook page and they posted a video showing a little bit of how amazing the city is. I wish the video showed a little more of how diverse it is here and all the different cultural experiences you can have in Long Beach but I guess you’ll have to visit the city to see for yourself.