While situated close to Disneyland, Universal Studio Hollywood and Los Angeles proper, Long Beach is a true city and destination in its own right. The waterfront city has just about everything that one would need in a California destination. That not only includes beaches and non-humid weather but also live entertainment venues, recurring festivals, sporting events, breweries, shopping districts, museums, and solid public transportation.
We had the pleasure of visiting Long Beach, California for a wonderful long weekend in July 2019 — Long Beach Airport offers direct flights to and from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, thanks to JetBlue Airways — which coincided with the POW! WOW! Long Beach festival. We also had the pleasure of doing Q&A with some local experts about their hometown of Long Beach:
- Billy Mohler – Owner of Cal Heights Music
- Sharifah Hardie – Host of the Ask Sharifah Videocast & Podcast
- Silvano Merlo – General Manager of the Courtyard Long Beach Downtown