If business brings you to Long Beach, there are countless activities to occupy your time outside of work. Visitors may be tempted to head out to one of the many beaches in Long Beach, California to soak up the sun. But a treasure in the heart of Long Beach is one that not even many Californians are aware of: Naples Island, a mere 10 minutes from Long Beach Airport (LGB). This area features a series of canals, and visitors have more than one way of exploring it.
Flying to Long Beach
Long Beach Airport is certainly the most accessible airport when staying in Long Beach. Flying isn’t always that simple though. Fortunately, you’ll find National car rental locations at many of the airports that service the Los Angeles area – LAX, John Wayne Airport, Ontario International Aiport, Long Beach Airport and more.
The Hyatt Regency Long Beach Hotel is one of the favorites among business travelers and those who prefer a more sophisticated stay. It's situated a mere one-minute walk from the Long Beach Convention Center. The Hilton Long Beach Hotel is next to the World Trade Center, at 601 W. Ocean Blvd. Parking in Long Beach is not an issue as many paid public parking locations can be found within a 1-mile radius from the business hub in Long Beach.
A Scenic Trip Through a Quaint Community
Naples Island is a quaint community of boats and waterside homes that are slightly reminiscent of other canal communities such as Venice and Giethoorn. Naples Island has one difference: It is accessible by road. This access provides travelers with an opportunity to take a quick drive through the community, take in some scenery, or take a walk down its side streets.
Activities for the Slightly More Adventurous
The best way to experience a new city is to find out where the locals go to have fun. A favorite pastime among locals and visitors of Naples Island is the chance to kayak or stand-up paddleboard through the various branches of the canal. As for food, guests can take in the scenery and enjoy a lunchtime feast on one of the special gondolas that offer this service. Restaurants dot the bank, and the many bridges provide those who prefer to stroll through the area the opportunity to have fantastic vantage points to take in the canal in all its glory.