Google maps will let you know how to take public transportation--instead of the car icon that is the default, select the bus icon.
It will give you several options, the quickest being the express bus to downtown LA and then the metro to Long Beach. Estimated time about 2 hours.
The problem with a cab might be traffic--while it is only 37 miles, traffic can be notoriously bad, no more the day and time on the freeway between Santa Monica and Long Beach.
Supershuttle.com now offers point to point service-- it is approximately $150 for a private transfer for two from Santa Monica to Long Beach.
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