|When in Long Beach live life outside.|
Fourth Street and Retro Row are hot spots for the cafe crowd and bargain hunters alike. Tables spill onto sidewalks between new-to-you and antique-ish shops. The mood is lively and young although I saw all ages congregating there.
The Belmont Shore area is an 11-block stretch with cutting edge to retro boutiques, cafes and bistros.
The Naples district is known as Little Italy. CSI Miami films here and Michael's on Naples is considered one of the city's top restaurants.
|Ready to ride the canals.|
|Sight-seeing by hydrobike.|
|Board, bike or kayak but get outside.|
If you have little ones along, go to nearby Mother's Beach, a peaceful, inland facing stretch of sand with toddler-sized ripples rather than waves.
|Public transit Long Beach style, the AquaLink.|
|Plenty of room for bikes in Long Beach.|
|Museum of Latin American Art|
You won't believe the transformation from roller rink to stunning, green museum. The outdoor sculpture garden includes a gardener's delight of cacti and succulents and the traveling exhibits are engaging.
|A visitor tries out Capula X by Mexican Pedro Reyes.|
I didn't have time to see the restoration work done to the early Spanish era ranchos, Rancho Los Cerritos or Rancho Los Alamitos, so that's where I'll start the next time I'm in Long Beach.
If that's not enough to entertain you, look for a festival; there are 200 ethnic ones every year. According to the last census, Long Beach is the most ethnically diverse city for its size in America.