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Having Fun on the Water in Long Beach
Long Beach has four miles of beach facing the Pacific Ocean, but it's protected by a breakwater, so there are no waves, so unlike the rest of the Southern California Coast, it's no good for surfing. However, that same lack of surfable waves, and the inland waterways of Alamitos Bay make it great for all kinds of other water sports.
The activities listed here are all active water sports. If you're looking for someone else to do all the work, take a look at LA Boat Tours.
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Kayaking in Long Beach
Since there are no significant waves, Long Beach is a great place to try your hand at ocean kayaking. For beginners, kayaking through the flat canal around Little Naples Island is even more popular. Stronger paddlers can traverse Alamitos Bay around the big island and over to the ecological reserve or to the Starbucks or restaurants at Marina Pacifica shopping center.
Kayaks are available at Kayaks on the Water on the inland side of the Long Beach Peninsula at 54th Place and Bayshore. There is a little bit of free street parking on the south side of Ocean and on 54th Place, metered parking on the north side of the street and a beach pay lot nearby.
On the ocean side, Alfredo's Beach Club rents kayaks at their Alamitos Beach and Belmont Pier Locations.
Leeway Sailing Center is a Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine facility down the beach from Kayaks on the Water offering sailing, kayaking and canoeing classes. After you've taken a multi-week class, you can rent kayaks, canoes... and sabot sailboats.Continue to 3 of 12 below.
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Long Beach
The flat, wave-free water in Long Beach is perfect for stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). Rental boards and lessons are available from Kayaks on the Water (Yelp Reviews) at 54th Place and Bayshore on the beach. You can also also rent equipment for delivery to the beach in Belmont Shore from Aloha SUP Rentals (Yelp Reviews).
Alfredo's Beach Club (Yelp Reviews) rents equipment at their Alamitos Beach location, but does not offer lessons. Wheel Fun Rentals (Yelp Reviews) offers SUP equipment on Pier 10 at Rainbow Harbor near their Shoreline Village location.Continue to 4 of 12 below.
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Long Beach Hydrobikes
Long Beach Hydrobikes
Located on the dock in front of Khoury’s restaurant:
110 North Marina Drive
Long Beach, Ca 90803
Hydrobikes let your ride high above the water, pedaling like a bicycle, and staying pretty dry compares to other human-powered water vehicles. The rental location is on Alamitos Bay Marina, so you can pedal around Naples Island or stop for a beach picnic or waterfront restaurant meal.
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Kite Surfing in Long Beach
Kite surfing, or kiteboarding, is basically surfing with a modified hang-gliding parachute. Since it's more dependent on manipulating the kite in the wind than having waves to surf on, the calm water inside the Long Beach breakwater is perfect for learning the sport. Although you'll see advance kitesurfers up and down the coast, the Kite Zone on Belmont Shore Beach is the only area in LA and Orange Counties approved for kite surfing lessons. On a busy weekend, you'll see dozens of colorful kites in the sky. A few companies offer equipment rental and lessons in the Belmont Kite Zone.
Kitesurfari (714) 964-5483 (TripAdvisor Reviews)Continue to 6 of 12 below.
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Windsurfing in Long Beach
Cabrillo Beach in nearby San Pedro is Windsurf Central, but you'll also find windsurfers on inland Alamitos Bay and on the sheltered ocean in Long Beach. Bring your own gear, or you can rent or take a lesson from Long Beach Windsurf Center, if you happen to find them open.
Long Beach Windsurf Center
3850 E Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90803
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Waverunners in Long Beach
Waverunners, also known by the brand names of Jet Ski, SeaDoo and others, are a fun (although loud) way to enjoy being out on the water. They can get you farther, faster than a kayak or pedal vehicle, and require less strength and stamina. You can rent single or double waverunners from Long Beach Boat Rentals in Shoreline Village.Continue to 8 of 12 below.
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Pedal Boats on Rainbow Lagoon
Alfredo's Beach Club rents pedal boats for puttering around Rainbow Lagoon, a large pond next to the Hyatt along Shoreline Drive across from the Shoreline Marina and behind the Long Beach Convention Center.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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Fly Jet Water-Powered Jet Board Flight
Like a superhero with a jet pack, you can soar over the ocean propelled by jets of water under your feet. The water jets, powered by a hose attached to a waverunner, allow you to maneuver almost 30 feet in the air. Expert jet-boarders also learn the dolphin dive, using the jets to propel themselves in and out of the water like a dolphin leaping. Fly Jet on Alamitos Bay in Long Beach will teach you how it's done, with test runs starting at 15 minutes.
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Note: this is similar to Jetpack or Jetlev, but the water jets are under your feet instead of shooting from a backpack.Continue to 10 of 12 below.
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Scuba Diving Long Beach
Long beach is a departure point for dive boats diving sites from local ship wrecks to Catalina Island. You can join a scheduled dive or book a private charter for your group.Continue to 11 of 12 below.
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Sailing in Long Beach
If you already know how to sail, boat rentals are available, or if you're a beginner, you can schedule lessons at locations at Rainbow Harbor, Alamitos Bay and Harborlight Yacht Club near the Queen Mary.
Alamitos Bay Sailing
197 Marina Drive
Long Beach, CA 90803
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Harborlight Yacht Club
700 Queensway Drive
Long Beach, CA 90802
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Leeway Sailing Center - Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine facility offering sailing, kayaking and canoeing lessons
5437 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA
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Sport Fishing in Long Beach
Sport fishing excursions are available from multiple companies at Alamitos Bay Marina, Rainbow Harbor and on the Inner Harbor at the Port of Long Beach at the south end of the 710 freeway.
Long Beach Marina Sport Fishing
180 N. Marina Dr.
Long Beach, CA 90803