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Introduction

Long Beach is a city in the Los Angeles County, California, USA and has roughly 500,000 inhabitants. Long Beach is a large coastal and port city in Southern California. It is situated at the very southeastern edge of Los Angeles County, bordering both the city of Los Angeles and Orange County, in a region known as the Gateway Cities.

Long Beach is recognized as one of the most culturally diverse cities in America. It has large percentages of Latinos and whites (non-Hispanic), as well as very sizeable percentages of blacks (non-Hispanic) and Asians. As a whole, the city tends to have a more East-Coast/Midwest vibe when compared to the rest of the coastal California cities, so people from those regions of the country may find themselves a little more at home in Long Beach.

You may hear different people say different things about Long Beach, either wonderful or horrible things. This is because the city has quite a large population, with a density rate greater than that of nearby Los Angeles. Therefore, like other large cities, Long Beach encompasses everything, such as large industrial areas, struggling neighborhoods, quiet middle-class communities and exclusive neighborhoods.

Long Beach has some nice people-gathering amenities and genuine tourist attractions, such as a world-class aquarium and the Queen Mary floating museum/hotel. Special events are also held in the city like the annual Long Beach Grand Prix (a premier racing event held on city streets) and the annual Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride event. When compared to other areas like Hollywood, West Hollywood, Santa Monica and West L.A., Long Beach may not always be at the top of someone's tourist visit to the Los Angeles area, but the city draws its fair share of visitors and has proven it can definitely hold its own.

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Sights and Activities

  • Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, ☎ +1 562 590-3100, fax: +1 562 951-1629, e-mail: aquariumofpacific@lbaop.org. 9AM-6PM daily, except Dec 25 and the weekend of the Grand Prix of Long Beach in April. One of the largest aquariums in the United States, its nearly 1,000 species fill 19 major habitats and 32 focus exhibits and take visitors through three regions of the Pacific Ocean: Southern California/Baja, the Tropical Pacific, and the Northern Pacific. There is also a Combo package with the Queen Mary. (Pay parking or take Passport C) General Admission: adults $29.95, children (3-11) $17.95, seniors (62+) $26.95.
  • Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy, toll-free: +1-877-342-0738. M-Th 10AM-6PM, F-Su 10AM-7PM. The Queen Mary is a historic Cunard White Star ocean liner — a beautiful Art Deco structure and the largest passenger ship ever built — whose past includes being a troop transport in World War II, and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Several different tours of the ship are offered including a Ghosts and Legends tour. The Queen Mary also boasts a hotel, several restaurants and bars (a particularly nice one is the Art Deco Bar, where you can get a good cocktail in vintage surroundings and watch the harbor), a shopping promenade and a wedding reception hall. General Admission includes a choice of one of several available tours (you can take a second guided tour for an additional charge), Self-Guided Queen Mary Shipwalk Tour and access to all open exhibit areas. There are several other tour packages including a Combo ticket with the Aquarium of the Pacific. (Pay parking or take Passport C) General Admission: adults $27, children (5-11) $17.50.

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Events and Festivals

Holidays

  • New Year’s Eve - The US celebrates the outgoing of the old year and incoming of the New Year quite dramatically. Every state boasts its own parties to ring in the New Year, but none is more extravagant than New York’s Time Square, which sees people overflowing into the neighboring restaurants, bars, parks, beaches, and neighborhoods.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (officially Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. and sometimes referred to as MLK Day) is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King's birthday, January 15. The holiday is similar to holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. The earliest Monday for this holiday is January 15 and the latest is January 21. King was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law.
  • St Patrick’s Day - March 17 celebrates the US’s large Irish population. Many cities around the country boast boisterous parades and Irish-themed parties, especially New York and Chicago, where the river is dyed green. Be wary of the drunkenness that dominates as this is definitely a party-day.
  • Memorial Day - Memorial Day is an important holiday throughout the United States, but not for crazy festivities. Parades commemorating wartime heroes are often held and the day is also the ‘unofficial’ start of summer. Most visitors follow the crowds to parks and beaches, which are capped off with informal BBQs.
  • Independence Day - Also known as the Fourth of July, Independence Day celebrates the US’s break from the British during the 18th century. Barbecues, street parties, beach trips, and weekend getaways are commonplace to appreciate freedom.
  • Labor Day is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend. It is recognized as a federal holiday. Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor.
  • Halloween - Halloween is a fun holiday on October 31 for all generations to dress up in costumes and relive their youth. Children walk around the neighborhood trick-or-treating for candy, while adults attend parties. Other seasonal events include haunted houses, pumpkin farms and carving, and corn mazes.
  • Thanksgiving - On the fourth Thursday in November, Thanksgiving is held in almost every home in the US. Tourists will have a hard time finding anything to do as the country essentially shuts down in observation. A typical Thanksgiving meal consists of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie commemorating the original Pilgrim’s feast at Plymouth Rock.
  • Christmas - On December 25, Christians celebrate Christmas as the pinnacle of their calendar by attending church and opening gifts from Santa Claus. Almost everything shuts down to promote family togetherness. The northern regions hope to experience a “white Christmas,” with trees and festive lights blanketed by snow.

Sport

  • Super Bowl Sunday - the world’s most watched sporting event and one of the highest grossing TV days of the year, Superbowl Sunday is a spectacular extravaganza. Held the first Sunday in February, the Superbowl is the final playoff game between the NFL’s top two teams. The venue rotates every year around America, yet the local parties seem to remain. Pubs, bars and restaurants are great places to enjoy the Superbowl or locals throw their own parties with different variations of betting.
  • The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball (MLB) in North America, contested since 1903 between the American League (AL) champion team and the National League (NL) champion team. The winner of the World Series championship is determined through a best-of-seven playoff, and the winning team is awarded the Commissioner's Trophy. As the series is played during the fall season in North America, it is sometimes referred to as the Fall Classic.

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Getting There

By Plane

Los Angeles is served by more airports than any other city in the world. The main airport however is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). It is one of the busiest airports in the world, handling over 60 million passengers a year. LAX is located in southwestern Los Angeles in the neighborhood of Westchester, 27 kilometres from the downtown core. The airport has 9 terminals: number 1 to 8 and the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT), serving hundreds of destinations within the US and to Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

Other airports in the area include Bob Hope Airport (BUR) in Burbank to the north (about 15 minutes from Los Angeles city) and LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT) (about 45 minutes away) to the east.

By Train

Long Beach is linked via the Metro Blue Line to Downtown Los Angeles with connections to Hollywood, Union Station, Universal Studios, Pasadena, and East L.A. among other locations.

Amtrak and Metrolink service Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles. To reach Long Beach from Union Station, take the Metro Red Line to the 7th St/Metro Center station and transfer to the Blue Line to Long Beach. Fare is $1.75 and requires a TAP card, which can be purchased at any Metro station for $1. Note: the Blue Line goes through some inner city locations (such as Watts and Compton) and there are not dedicated security guards on the trains, so it may be discomforting to take the Blue Line late at night.

By Car

From the west (LAX, Santa Monica) or from Orange County, take the San Diego (405) freeway. Connect to the southbound Long Beach freeway (710) if your destination is downtown Long Beach. From the north, the Long Beach freeway (710) runs along the western city boundary, and the San Gabriel Freeway (605) along the eastern boundary. From the coastal areas of Orange County, a scenic and convenient route is Pacific Coast Highway (Rte 1).

By Bus

The majority of the intercity bus stations and stops for the greater Los Angeles area are located in "Skid Row" east of downtown Los Angeles, downtown Union Station, El Monte, Huntington Park and/or east L.A. (along Olympic Blvd but can be elsewhere too). To a lesser extent some also have stops in Hollywood and North Hollywood as well. The following offer direct service to Long Beach:

  • Greyhound, (Bus station) 1498 Long Beach Blvd, ☎ +1 562 218-3011, toll-free: +1 800 231-2222. Greyhound travel primarly on I-5/405 (San Diego, Oceanside, Santa Ana, Anaheim, Long Beach); I-15/SR-91/I-405 (Long Beach, Santa Ana, Anaheim, San Bernardino Some variations of this route continues from San Bernardino up to Las Vegas); I-110 or 710 (to the downtown Los Angeles Greyhound terminal). Passengers transfer in Downtown Los Angeles, Santa Ana, San Bernardino or San Diego to get to additional destinations.
  • Hoang Express, bus stop at ABC Supermarket, 8970 Bolsa Ave, Westminster, ☎ +1 714 839-3500, toll-free: +1-888-834-9336. Travels between SoCal (San Diego, El Monte, Los Angeles, Westminster); northern California (San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland and Sacramento) and Arizona (Phoenix, Chandler and Tempe). They also have additional stops at the Metro Gold Line Chinatown Station near downtown Los Angeles and at Thuan Phat Supermarket at 2650 N Rosemead Blvd in El Monte. $60-65 to Bay Area; $80 to Sacramento.
  • LAX Flyaway, bus stop at Shelter A, at the downtown Bus Station along 1st St (Northwest corner of 1st St. and Long Beach Blvd). Direct bus service between downtown Long Beach and LAX.

There are several ways to get to Long Beach from Orange County if you don't or can't rent a car. The most direct way is to take Orange County Transit Authority's Route 50 bus servicing Katella Avenue, which passes between Disneyland and the Anaheim Convention Center. The western terminus of this route is California State University-Long Beach (CSULB). If you are in the Beach Cities, take Route 1 servicing the Pacific Coast Highway and also terminating at CSULB. Some trips on Route 60 (Westminster Avenue/17th Street) terminate at CSULA.

By Boat

Carnival Cruise Line has a home port at the new Long Beach Cruise Terminal, next to the Queen Mary dock. Cruises return to this port from Baja California and the Mexican Riviera. Others begin or end trips through the Panama Canal destined for or having left major ports in the southern or eastern U.S. In season, some may go to or return from points North, e.g., Alaska. When cruise ships are docked, they receive service from many taxi companies, as well as various shuttle services (noted for LAX above) to and from local airports and select hotels and popular destinations.

A ferry to Catalina Island also operates from Long Beach.

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Getting Around

By Car

A car is the most convenient way to get around Long Beach. Most areas of Long Beach have free parking but be aware that much of Downtown Long Beach has pay parking lots. The free bright red Passport buses serves the Long Beach downtown and waterfront attractions.

Many international rental companies have a wide selection of rental cars and these include Hertz, Avis, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, Budget and Alamo/National. Most companies will require you are at least 25 years of age, although younger people might be able to rent cars at slightly higher rates and with some insurance differences as well. A national driver's license is usually enough, but an additional international one is recommended. Also note that it usually costs more to include lots of other extra things. For example extra drivers, GPS, the first full tank, SLI (Supplemental Liability Insurance), PAI (Personal Accident Insurance, usually covered already at home), road assistance/service plan, and drop-off costs for one-way rentals.
If you want to book a car, it is recommended that you book your car before arriving in the USA. This is almost always (much) cheaper compared to just showing up. Also, try and book with a so-called 'broker', which usually works together with a few or many car rental companies and can offer the best deal. Some examples include Holidayautos, Holidaycars and Sunny Cars. Some of the cheapest deals to book from Europe, includes Drive-USA, which also has a German version.

For more information and tips about renting cars and campers, additional costs, insurance, traffic rules, scenic routes and getting maps and fuel it is advised to check the USA Getting Around section.

By Public Transport

  • The Passport. A free bus, operated by Long Beach Transit, that connects you to downtown Long Beach's finest attractions and destinations, including the iconic Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, Pine Avenue, City Place Mall, The Pike at Rainbow Harbor, Convention Center, Shoreline Village, many downtown hotels and Long Beach Transit's water taxis, the AquaLink and AquaBus.
  • Long Beach Transit (LBT), ☎ +1 562 591-2301. Offers 38 bus routes serving the cities of Long Beach, Lakewood, and Signal Hill. Fares Regular: $1.25; Seniors (62 and older), Medicare, Disabled: $0.60; Children 4 and under, Legally blind, persons in wheelchairs: Free. Long Beach Transit also offers a Day Pass Regular: $4; Seniors (62 and older), etc. $2.50. Transfers: $0.50.
  • Metro, ☎ +1 323 466-3876 (GO-METRO). Includes Blue Line light rail to downtown Los Angeles and Green Line to LAX. Fares Regular: $1.75 (transfers within the MTA system are not free); Seniors (62 and older), Medicare, Disabled: $0.75; Two children under age 5 may travel free with each fare-paying adult. Regular Metro Day Pass: $7, valid on all MTA Bus and rail lines. Transfers to other systems, $0.50.
  • Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), ☎ +1-800-636-7433. Fares Regular: $2; Seniors (60 and older), Medicare, Disabled: $0.75. OCTA also offers a Day Pass Regular: $4; Seniors (62 and older), etc. $1.50. See the website for multi-day passes.

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Eat

  • The Breakfast Club of Long Beach, 3900 Atlantic Ave, ☎ +1 562 427-2233. 7AM-9PM. Relaxed, casual-style restaurant serving American and Korean items.
  • Gladstone's Long Beach, 330 S Pine Ave (at Shoreline Dr), ☎ +1 562 432-8588, fax: +1 562 432-8589. Su-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM. Seafood dining along the Long Beach waterfront.
  • Jongewaard's Bake-n-Broil, 3697 Atlantic Ave (Bixby Knolls neighborhood), ☎ +1 562 595-0396. M-F 6:30AM-9PM, Sa 7AM-9PM, Su 7AM-8:30PM. A local secret known for homebaked pies, desserts, soups, and comfort food. Inexpensive (and popular so expect a wait).
  • Long Beach Cafe, 615 E Ocean Blvd (between Atlantic and Alamitos), ☎ +1 562-436-6037. M-Sa 6AM-11PM, Su 6:30AM-11PM. Diner, offers burgers, omelets, meatloaf, Greek food.
  • Parkers' Lighthouse, 435-A Shoreline Village Dr (located in Shoreline Village within landmark lighthouse), ☎ +1 562 432-6500, fax: +1 562 436-3551, e-mail: info@parkerslighthouse.com. M-F 11AM-3PM, 5PM-10PM, Sa-Su 11AM-3PM, 4PM-10PM. Contemporary seafood restaurant with shoreline view of the Queen Mary.
  • Polly's Bakery Cafe (Bixby Knolls location), 3490 Atlantic Ave, ☎ +1 562 595-5651. 6:30AM-9:30PM daily. Local chain known for site-baked pies especially fresh strawberry and ollalieberry in season. Roast turkey and chicken dinners. Inexpensive.
  • Polly's Bakery Cafe (Los Coyotes location), 4680 Los Coyotes Diagonal, ☎ +1 562 597-6076. M-Th: 7AM-9:30PM, F-Su:7AM-10PM. Local chain known for site-baked pies especially fresh strawberry and ollalieberry in season. Roast turkey and chicken dinners. Inexpensive.
  • Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, 1 Pine Ave (Parking is validated for 2 hours in the Landmark Square parking structure 57 Pine Ave), ☎ +1 562 308-2255. Su-Th: 11am-midnight, F-Sa: 11am-1am. Microbrewery known for their in-house beers and root beer.
  • Yard House Long Beach, 401 Shoreline Village Dr (located in Shoreline Village), ☎ +1 562 628-0455. S-Th: 11AM-midnight, Fr-Sa: 11AM-1:20AM. Chain restaurant with extensive menu and large selection of draft beer.
  • Ahimsa Vegan Cafe, 340 E 4th St, ☎ +1 562 435-7113. 11AM-8PM daily. Ahimsa is a vegan/vegetarian/raw cafe.

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Drink

  • Joe Jost's, 2803 E Anaheim St, ☎ +1 562 439-5446, e-mail: joejosts@joejosts.com. M-Sa 10AM-11PM, Su 10AM-9PM. Long Beach Classic--Opened in 1924, one of the oldest family operated taverns in the West. Schooners of draft beer, "Joe's Special" (Polish sausage on rye, with Swiss cheese, mustard, and pickle), fresh roasted peanuts, and pickled eggs. Turn of the century pool tables in the back room. $1.35-4.65 draft beers, $2.65 Special. (updated Mar 2016 | edit)
  • The Yard House, 401 Shoreline Village Dr, ☎ +1 562 628-0455, fax: +1 562 435-5544. Su-Th 11AM-midnight, F-Sa 11AM-1:20AM. View of Shoreline Village Marina, dockside seating, eclectic uspcale casual menu, 100+ beers on tap, wine by the glass, specialty martinis. Happy Hour M-F 3PM-6PM, Pints $3.25, Martinis $5.25, half-price appetizers. Food: $8.95-30.45.
  • Shannon's On Pine, 209 Pine Ave (at Broadway), ☎ +1 562 436-4363, e-mail: info@shannonspubs.com. M-F 11:30AM-2AM, Sa-Su 9AM-2AM. By far the friendliest bar in Long Beach. Excellently located on the corner of Pine Avenue and Broadway, Shannon's is the perfect place to stop in for an inexpensive, strong drink. The best selection of alcohol downtown. In addition to great drinks, the food is both reasonably priced and excellent. A wide selection of sandwiches, great dinner specials, and $9 bloody mary and omelette on weekends. Cocktails $3.75-6 Beer $3.75-5, Sandwiches $4-7, Dinner $7-11.
  • The Sweet Water Saloon, 1201 E Broadway (Corner of Orange Av. and Broadway), ☎ +1 562 432-7044. 10AM-2AM daily. Situated in a historic building(originally Villa Nova Restaurant in the 1940s), the Sweet Water Saloon is truly a neighborhood bar during the day time, and a party bar at night. Well known for having the coldest beers on the Broadway Corridor, home of the ONLY bar on the strip to offer seasonal beers on tap. Happy Hour 7 days a week, from open until 8PM: $2 draft beers, $3 domestic bottled beers and well cocktails. Wednesday nights are $2 drink days where all well drinks, draft beers, and bottled domestic beers are $2 AND free pool in one of the two pool tables. $2+.
  • Legends Sports Bar, 5236 E 2nd St, ☎ +1 562 433-5743. M-F 11AM-midnight Sa-Su 9AM-2AM. Check out the ribs.
  • Belmont Brewing Co, 25 39th Pl (Park in the beach lot by the Belmont Pier. $1 per hour until 6pm each day, and free thereafter.), ☎ +1 562-433-3891, e-mail: Michael@BelmontBrewing.com. M-F 11:30AM-10PM Sa-Su 10AM-10PM.

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Sleep

  • Best Western Golden Sails Hotel, 6285 E Pacific Coast Hwy, ☎ +1 562 596-1631, toll-free: +1-800-762-5333, fax: +1 562 594-0623. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. $140-160.
  • Best Western of Long Beach, 1725 Long Beach Blvd, ☎ +1 562 599-5555, fax: +1 562 599-1212. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11:30AM. AAA-2 Diamond rating. Complimentary continental breakfast, pool. No pets allowed. $140-200.
  • Courtyard Long Beach Downtown, 500 E 1st St, ☎ +1 562 435-8511, toll-free: +1-800-321-2211, fax: +1 562 901-0296. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon. On-site parking for both guests and non-guests, fee:$5/hour, $19 daily. Free high speed Internet. Smoke free hotel and pets are not allowed. $200-240.
  • Extended Stay America - Long Beach Airport, 4105 E Willow St, ☎ +1 562 989-4601, fax: +1 562 989-4501. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Clean budget hotel suits with fully-equipped kitchens, plenty of work space and amenities you won't find in a typical hotel room. Practical stay for families with kids. Pets are welcome (fees applied). Office Hours 7AM-11PM $100-120.
  • Hilton Long Beach, 701 W Ocean Blvd, ☎ +1 562 983-3400, fax: +1 562 983-1200, e-mail: reservations@hiltonlb.com. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon. Outdoor heated pool. Pets are allowed. Complimentary health club. $220-260.
  • Holiday Inn Long Beach Airport, 2640 Lakewood Blvd, ☎ +1 562 597-4401, toll-free: +1-866-375-9947, fax: +1 562 597-0601, e-mail: info@hilongbeach.com. Smoke-Free accommodation. Overnight Parking Fee at $9.00 Per Day. Complimentary wireless high speed Internet access and fitness center. Outdoor heated pool. $170-190.
  • Holiday Inn Long Beach (Downtown), 1133 Atlantic Ave, ☎ +1 562 590-8858, fax: +1 562 983-1607. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon. Not in the best part of town but provides free shuttle into the more tourist and business parts of the area. Underground parking available $10. Reasonably furnished rooms with refrigerator, microwave but thin walls. Cafe available which makes a good fresh omelet for breakfast. No pets allowed. $150-280.
  • Hotel Maya, 700 Queensway Dr, ☎ +1 562 435-7676, fax: +1 562 481-3909. Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 11AM. Rooms featuring balconies and patios with bay or skyline views in a Latin resort theme. A member of the Doubletree hotel group. Pets allowed up to 50 lb. $50 non-refundable pet fee. $260-360.
  • Hyatt Regency Long Beach, 200 S Pine Ave, ☎ +1 562 491-1234, fax: +1 562 983-1491. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon. Full service luxurious hotel with water views from rooms. Pet allowed with $100 fee for up to 6 days. Additional pet fees after first 6 days. $230-430, Suites $1,500-3,000.
  • Long Beach Marriott, 4700 Airport Plaza Dr, ☎ +1 562 425-5210, fax: +1 562 425-2744. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon. Smoke free hotel. Fee for high speed Internet access. Pets not allowed. $220-310.
  • Motel 6 - Long Beach - International City, 1121 E Pacific Coast Hwy, ☎ +1 562 591-3321, fax: +1 562 591-2152. Check-out: 11AM. Free wi-fi. Pets allowed. $65-70.
  • Motel 6 Los Angeles - Long Beach, 5665 E 7th St, ☎ +1 562 597-1311, fax: +1 562 597-2741. Check-in: 3PM. Wi-fi available for a fee. Pets allowed. $80-85.
  • Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, toll-free: +1-877-342-0742, e-mail: reservations@queenmary.com. Check-in: 4PM, check-out: noon. Sleep in one of the Sea Queen's grand first-class staterooms. Non-smoking hotel. Parking is $20/night. $150-235.
  • Renaissance Long Beach Hotel, 111 E Ocean Blvd, ☎ +1 562 437-5900, fax: +1 562 499-2509. Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 11AM. High speed wireless for a fee. Smoke free hotel. Pets not allowed. Parking fee of $22/day. $350-480.
  • Residence Inn Long Beach, 4111 E Willow St, ☎ +1 562 595-0909, toll-free: +1-866-440-5368, fax: +1 562 988-0587. Check-in: 4PM, check-out: noon. Smoke free hotel. Pets allowed with $100 non-refundable fee. Complimentary Wireless.
  • Vagabond Inn Long Beach, 150 Alamitos Ave, ☎ +1 562 435-7621, fax: +1 562 436-4011. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Free wi-fi and continental breakfast. Pets up to 30 lb allowed for $10/day fee, over 30lb for $15/day. $99-300.

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Keep Connected

Internet

There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.

Post

The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.

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