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Small, quaint towns around Long Beach?

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Small, quaint towns around Long Beach?

Hi,

My family and I are flying into Long Beach to explore for a few days before heading up to the central coast. I would love some recommendations of some small, quaint towns near by. We have 2 small children and are looking for something family friendly. Our favorite place to visit is Pacific Grove, CA, so something similar to that would be great.

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Small, quaint towns around Long Beach?

Seal Beach is cute and quaint in a way and You would probably have fun in Huntington Beach.

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2. Re: Small, quaint towns around Long Beach?

Well, there are a couple of beach towns near Long Beach. But you are in the middle of a major metropolis. Unless you go up into the mountains there are no small towns. If you go south to Orange County, Laguna Beach may be close to Pacific Grove (probably closer to Carmel than Pacific Grove).

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3. Re: Small, quaint towns around Long Beach?

We could probably drive about 1-2 hours north or about 30-45 minutes south of Long Beach. Just looking for something kind of small and not too commercialized. Not sure that exists anymore, but it's worth a shot!

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4. Re: Small, quaint towns around Long Beach?

Close by is Belmont Shores, followed by Seal Beach and Huntington Beach to the South East. Going to the North isn't that great, unless you head to the Terranea Resort and the Point Vicente area of Palos Verdes.

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5. Re: Small, quaint towns around Long Beach?

Big Bear City, Laguna Beach, Montrose, The Orange Circle, Old Brea, Downtown Fullerton, Downtown San Juan Capistrano, Balboa Island, Temecula Wine Country.......

It is hard finding quaint in 20,000,000 people :)

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6. Re: Small, quaint towns around Long Beach?

Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach are nearby and are charming and low key, by LA standards. The Belmont Shore area of Long Beach is quite nice.

There are certainly some other cute, quaint communities-- including quite a few in the Pasadena area, inland-- but they are out of the center, might not have much to offer tourists, or be worth the long drive thru LA traffic. If your visit is in the summer, try to stay in coastal LA. In parts of LA near the usual touristy stuff, you might like Larchmont Village, which is a charming and low key neighborhood and a respite from "Hollywood". It is just a local place to shop and dine; you'll be the only tourists, I'm sure.

http://www.larchmont.com/

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7. Re: Small, quaint towns around Long Beach?

OC and LA are large communities and to find small quaint towns there is a stretch. Any of the beach towns will be crowded in Summer. What you are looking for is along the central coast north of SB and north coasts north of SF

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8. Re: Small, quaint towns around Long Beach?

Southern Calif is many small to huge communities next to each other. Northward, consider Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Malibu; looking south consider Huntington Beach, or Laguna Beach. The city sprawl starts to open open up once you get past Thousand Oaks and the smaller towns stand out like Ventura, Carpinteria, Ojai, Santa Barbara. Beyond 2 hours away, there is Avila Beach, Cayucos, Cambria,Big Sur, Carmel, Monterey and PG. Are you looking for day trips out of Long Beach? Are you heading to Pacific Grove in one day?

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9. Re: Small, quaint towns around Long Beach?

One of my favorite drives from Long Beach is to head east to Huntington Beach - nice ocean drive; with lots of beaches; homes; small towns; etc. to explore.

http://www.surfcityusa.com/

At Huntington Beach there is a nice pier area and you could plan on lunch at Ruby's...

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Then perhaps go to the Adventure Playground

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Then go to Balboa Island (this is probably as close a feel to Pacific Grove there ss several nice homes and neighborhoods on this peninsula as well as a fun zone for the kids). There is a fun zone there and you can take some boat rides. There are nice homes in this area and you get nice views of both Newport Beach and the beach. You can drive on to the peninsula (i.e. its more a peninsula than an island)(

http://www.balboaisland.com/

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http://funzoneboats.com/

You can then continue on and take a look at Laguna Beach before returning to Long Beach.

Suggest going on a week-day if there on a week-day as more beach traffic on the week-ends (which one would expect)

http://www.lagunabeachinfo.com/

Then return to Long beach ......or perhaps head north a bit and enjoy Downtown Disney before returning to Long Beach.

Edited: 10:17 pm, June 06, 2013
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10. Re: Small, quaint towns around Long Beach?

Definitely, you want to go south to the next adjacent town, Seal Beach. It has a distinct small town vibe. Just drive south across the bridge to Orange County. When you cross the county line you are in Seal Beach. You'll love the shops and Cafes on Main Street. For great seafood stop at Walt's Wharf. It is fun to walk out on the Seal Beach pier at the end of Main Street. The beach there is wide and has good parking.

Driving south from Seal Beach, you find Sunset Beach, a little known gem, now a neighborhood of Huntington Beach. Drive seaward toward the homes and you will find a parking strip. The beach behind the homes will be very sparsely occupied. You have the beach almost to yourself. Stop at Harbour House Cafe there for a great diner experience. Go back to the patio behind the front counter area when you come in.

Going south from Sunset Beach, you pass the Bolsa Chica Wetlands on the left, the largest remaining wetland area in Southern California. On the right is Bolsa Chica State Beach. 5 minutes south, you enter downtown Huntington Beach and you'll see the Huntington Beach Pier on the right. Park at the beach and explore Main Street and the surrounding streets. There is a fun Surf Museum. At the Lifeguard Headquarters just past the pier, stop for a tourist map and information regarding all the interesting sights in the area and events going on nearby.

Farther south are Newport Beach and its neighborhoods, Balboa Island, Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach but none (except perhaps Laguna Beach) have a small town feel.

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