Guide To Kayaking In Long Beach, California
So you’ve arrived in Long Beach CA, checked into your hotel, maybe had a look around and familiarized yourself with the area.
If you’re a keen kayaker (or just a casual recreational paddler), you’ll probably want to get out on the water and do some more exploring!
Long Beach has the weather, and quite a few options for those who want to get off the land, for at least an hour or two. It’s a great way to explore the area from a different viewpoint!
Ok, So….Where Are The Best Places To Paddle?
Note that the best times to take out a kayak is fairly early in the morning (before 10am). The wind tends to pick up a little after this time.
There are two main spots for kayaking in Long Beach, Alamitos Bay (including Naples Island) and around Belmont Pier:
If you are fit and in good shape, you can kayak around and see everything within Alamitos bay. There’s quite a lot to take in!
Top of the list are Naples canals within the island. There is a small loop that can be navigated, with plenty of cafes and restaurants to stop off at should you want to kick back and relax a little.
If you’re lucky, you might see Moon Jellyfish (Moon-Jellies) in the Spinnaker Bay area. Don’t worry, these guys don’t sting humans! Read this awesome story here.
At the north-west of Alamitos Bay lies Marine Stadium Park, which is worth a visit (best to go via Spinnaker Bay to get there – otherwise water-skiers may be your enemy!)). Around the bay are several fishing areas, if that takes your fancy.
If you just want a shorter outing without breaking too much of a sweat, just stick to doing a lap of Naples canals.
Belmont Shore/Belmont Pier
There’s also some paddling to be done around Belmont Pier and the beaches that run to the north from there.
Do this after Alitomos bay, if you have the time, or energy!
Can I Rent A Kayak In Long Beach?
Yes, there are several kayak rental agencies, including:
Kayak Rentals (Kayak On The Water) offer the choice of renting solo or tandem kayaks on an hourly basis ($10 per hour – as of Mar ‘17), or at a discount if you are within a group of 20 or more.
The usual safety rules apply (must be able to swim, wear a lifejacket at all times – and the usual common sense rules). You can find Kayak Rentals at the start of Alamitos Peninsula.
Alfredo’s Beach Club, who rent out various options, kayaks included. They have options on Belmont Beach and again at Alamitos Peninsula
What Other Things Are There To Do In Long Beach?
If you want to take a break from the kayak, there are plenty of other things to see and do.
Sticking with water, you can rent out jet skis, hydrobikes, boats or try your hand at windsurfing. There are plenty of places to rent out watersports equipment. You can check them out online, or just as easily visit the plethora of rental agencies close to the waterfront. Your hotel might make life even easier for you, but there’s a chance you may have to pay a little bit more commission this way.
Sights & Attractions
You can take a tour of the original Queen Mary ship, which was launched in 1932 and last sailed in 1967.
This beautiful ship, which has had a tough and enduring history (was active in World War II), is not used as a hotel in Long Beach.
You can also check out the Aquarium Of The Pacific, opposite the Queen Mary. It’s actually the world’s largest ocean aquarium, so there is plenty to keep you entertained!
Nearby (about a 30 minute drive) there is of course, the world-famous Disneyland Park. I don’t think there’s anything we can tell you about Disneyland that you don’t already know!
Other attractions in the area include the Art Theatre of Long Beach, helicopter rides, whale dolphin and sea life cruises and there’s plenty of nightlife too.
If you want to get away from Long Beach completely, you can take a 1 hour boat trip to Catalina Island and either relax by the oceanfront shops, or get active on the hike trails, or do some more kayaking (or snorkelling) in the clear waters checking out the colorful fish.
We have an map with good kayak locations near me options.