Locals Love: Long Beach Airport

Locals Love: Long Beach Airport

Imagine putting on your sunscreen and adjusting your beach chair so the sun catches you just right. You hear a plane engine and rapidly pick up your belongings to get out of the way. That may have been a realistic scenario from 1910-1919 when the city’s seven miles of beaches served as Long Beach’s “airport.” That is no longer the case as we now have a world-class airport.

Did you know that more than 250,000 people per month fly out of Long Beach Airport (LGB) to destinations all over the U.S.? LGB makes airline travel convenient and so much easier than battling the crowds and parking challenges at LAX. It is home to five commercial airlines, including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Jet Blue Airways, Southwest Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines. The airport features Streamline Moderne architecture and the terminal is a Cultural Heritage Landmark. Leisure and business travelers enjoy LGB’s fee wi-fi. The main terminal offers curbside check-in, two boarding lounges, and three baggage claim areas.

Parking is one of the biggest benefits of flying out of Long Beach. All the parking lots at LGB offer affordable daily rates and the hourly rate is only $2 per hour. Parking is free for one hour in the Cell Phone Waiting Lot on the northwest corner of Lakewood Boulevard and Donald Douglas Drive. Other options include valet parking, rental car services, taxi and shuttle services and a free cell phone waiting lot for those who are simply waiting to pick someone up.

Food  is another big draw as restaurant options include local favorites like Taco Beach Cantina, Polly’s Coffee, Sweet Jill’s Bakery, George’s Greek Café, 4th Street Vine Wine & Beer Bar and Boathouse on the Bay. Relax and enjoy your preflight time in the spacious indoor and outdoor eating locations.

Phase II Construction – Renovate, Rehabilitate and Revitalize is set to begin at the airport. This work will continue to enhance the travel experience for leisure and business travelers that go through LGB.

Noise restrictions limit the commercial flights in and out of LGB, however it is still one of the busiest general aviation airports in the U.S. General aviation flights include flight schools, charter flights, helicopters, search and rescue flights, cargo flights, and even donor organ delivery flights.

Next time you need to fly, discover why locals love Long Beach Airport!

Join the Beach Team and explore things, like the Long Beach Airport, that are important to the Long Beach community.

Article prepared by John Rudy, Realtor®, Coldwell Banker Coastal Alliance: 562-940-5440 – john@mybeachteam.com

Locals Love: El Dorado Regional Park

El Dorado Regional Park  is so big, we are only going to explore El Dorado Park West (Area I) in this article. It is located at 2800 Studebaker Road and features 272.5 acres of space for exercise, family fun and picnics. You will also discover this is the home of the Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Department administration offices.

During the 100 days of Summer, there are high energy concerts, movies and summer day camps for kids at the park. But the fun doesn’t stop at the end of summer. There is so much more to experience and enjoy. Consider the 18-hole golf course, skate park, tennis center, lighted basketball and volleyball courts, soccer and softball fields, playground equipment, duck pond, picnic sites and fabulous community center (can be reserved by calling 562-570-3111) and a disc golf course.


What is disc golf? You may have heard it referenced as “Frisbee® golf” in the past.  Disc golf is conceptually like regular golf. The player winds up and throws a flying disc. The player’s objective is to make the minimum number of throws to ultimately toss (putt) the disc into the target – a chain basket surrounding a metal pole. This game is for all ages and there is no cost to play. The only requirement is that you have a flying disc, which can be purchased online or at local sporting goods stores. Photo: Disc golfers David and Ethan.

Join the Beach Team and explore new things at El Dorado Park West. Get connected to nature and enjoy this beautiful oasis in Long Beach!

Article prepared by John Rudy, Realtor®, Coldwell Banker Coastal Alliance: 562-940-5440 – john@mybeachteam.com