Residents of Downtown Long Beach enjoy the convenience of a thriving café culture where shops, restaurants and entertainment are only a few steps away.
The Downtown area is known for its urban lofts and luxury high-rise living. It is extremely bike and walking friendly with various other methods of public transportation conveniently available. The Newberry Building has a Walk Score of 97 and a Bike Score of 87, meaning that daily errands do not require a car. The Passport bus offers free transportation within the Downtown area and with the recent implementation of the Long Beach Bike Share Program, residents are able to conveniently rent bikes at on-street locations in the city and return them to another location at their destination.
As the cultural hub of the city, Downtown is a flourishing entertainment district boasting numerous venues for live music, performing arts and comedy shows. The East Village Arts District is home to art galleries, coffee shops, wine bars, boutiques, and unique restaurants. The Long Beach Convention Center hosts many national and international events throughout the year and is complimented by The Pike and Shoreline Village, which attract visitors with the giant Ferris Wheel, theaters, arcades, whale watching, cruise line terminal, Aquarium of the Pacific, and the express ships to Catalina which offer residents an opportunity to get-away everyday.
Downtown is also the business and financial center to one of the largest cities in California and home to the one of the world’s busiest shipping ports. Downtown‘s skyline is iconic for its blend of industrial, commercial, financial, and historical landmarks, including The Queen Mary.
Long Beach is a diverse city and offers many different unique neighborhoods only five to ten minutes away from Downtown. Alamitos Beach, Bluff Heights, Belmont Heights, Bixby Knolls, Belmont Shore and Naples Island are all examples of communities that have a small town vibe in the middle of this bustling urban epicenter. As seen with the multiple murals around the city, local farmers markets, and high turnout for the city’s festivals, residents in Long Beach cherish and support their communities and culture.