By Anne Thomas
Long Beach
California
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Home of the Queen Mary, Long Beach California is filled with not only beautiful beaches but a rich history.  The city offers something for everyone; shopping on the waterfront, fine dining, and a pulsating nightlife.  Also, Long Beach is a short distance from Universal Studios and Disneyland, which is perfect for a day trip!

EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your next vacation in Long Beach, California and enjoy the wonderful weather and sandy beaches.  You will start your journey by flying into one of three airports: Long Beach Airport (LGB), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), or John Wayne Airport (SNA).  Book your flight on EscapeWizard.com by using the following link: (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php).  Long Beach offers a variety of hotels and accommodations for visitors.  Visit EscapeWizard.com by using this link to book your stay: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

Built in 1930, the Queen Mary is one of the most famous luxury liners in history.  As planes gained popularity, the Queen Mary was put up for sale in 1966.  Today, the Queen Mary’s home is Long Beach, California.  You are invited on board to explore her history and majestic beauty.  The Queen Mary offers daily tours, exhibits, shows, a spa and even a haunted past.  You can also stay aboard in the ship’s hotel.

EscapeWizard.com encourages you to visit the Aquarium of the Pacific.  The fourth largest aquarium in the nation displays over 11,000 animals in over 50 exhibits.  Some exhibits include the Shark Lagoon where you can even touch some of the sharks, the BP Sea Otter Habitat, and the Tropical Pacific Gallery.  While you are there, make sure to watch a 4D film.  The Aquarium also offers behind-the-scenes tours, boat trips, and animal encounters. 

Your next stop should be The Pike at Rainbow Harbor.  Located in downtown Long Beach, The Pike at Rainbow Harbor offers visitors dining, shops, and entertainment.  Some of the restaurants offer picturesque views of the harbor while you dine.  There is fun for the whole family down at The Pike at Rainbow Harbor.  Take the kids to GameWorks or to see a movie at the theatre. 

EscapeWizard.com encourages you to visit Catalina Island.  The Island can be reached from the Port of Long Beach.  While you are on Catalina Island, you will enjoy island cuisine, oceanfront shops, or hike on trails through the island.  Spend some time on the crystal blue waters on kayak, sailboat or go snorkeling to see the colorful fish native to the waters.  Another beautiful island located in Long Beach is Naples Island.  The Island is known for the canals that run through; you can take romantic gondola rides on the canals. 

Don’t forget about the beach!  Long Beach offers a number of water activities including boat rentals, jet skis and much more.  You can spend some time at the Pier or at the Long Beach Marina.  Or just spend some time lying on the beach and enjoy the sun’s warmth on your skin.

But that’s not all, there’s much more to do in Long Beach.  Stop by the Casino, go whale watching, or visit one of the city’s museums.  EscapeWizard.com knows you will have a memorable experience when you visit Long Beach.  Click on the link above and book your next vacation in Long Beach, California. 
Hotels in Long Beach
By Todd Sehon
Hilton Long Beach & Executive Meeting Center
701 West Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA
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Located 15 minutes from Long Beach Airport and 30 minutes from LAX the Hilton Long Beach & Executive Meeting Center is the premier destination whether you are going on vacation or have a company meeting or event to plan. They can handle any size event from 10 - 1,400 people. With 30,000 sq. ft. of meeting space available and everything that you could possibly need for equipment your group will be satisfied

Stepping into the enormous lobby you will be quickly greeted by the front desk staff who will have you sorted and in your room for you 3 p.m. check in time. You can even bring the non-human members of your family along as well as they are very pet friendly. After you get situated in your room, pop on down to the pool to relax with a swim or hit the fitness center to work those muscles out.

The Ascari Ristorante is available for any time hunger strikes, handling breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a la cart and buffet menus available as well as in room dining. Quite a few restaurants are nearby if you have a craving for something else.

If you are here with the family the Aquarium of the Pacific is a half mile away, go and spend some time with some cute and cuddly aquatic friends. If shopping is more your bag the Belmont Shore is 5 miles away and will keep you occupied with their 250 shops. Some of the best beaches in California are just blocks away. Of course you can't forget Walt Disney World is just 30 minutes away.

When you are ready to head back home the 12 p.m. check out time allows you to sleep in and get on your way a little later in the day. Whatever your reason for coming to Long Beach, business or pleasure schedule your trip with EscapeWizard.com just click the link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) and you will be there in no time.
Hotels in Long Beach
By Sofie Badshah
Westin Long Beach
333 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA
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If you want to unwind in a beach town but still need the convenience of a big city steps away, a trip to Long Beach will satisfy both of those wants easily. This is the quintessential beach city, with beautiful shorelines and clean white sand for miles and miles but not too far away is Los Angeles with its many tourist attractions and activities.

The Westin Long Beach hotel ideally located minutes from both the Los Angeles International airport and the Orange County Airport provides you important access to the best beaches, restaurants and waterfront entertainment this area has to offer. Also close to this hotel are Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach Cruise Port and Catalina Island; all mere minutes away. Check in is always fast and efficient by our friendly staff. The staff is knowledgeable about the area so feel free to ask for help in planning your time in Long Beach. Our check in time is 3pm. The lobby and The Grill restaurant have recently been renovated to further better your experience during your stay.

Most of the rooms at the Westin Long Beach Hotel offer magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean. All our rooms have Starbucks coffee, Wi-Fi- capability, cable TV and 24-hour room service. Suites and two-floor rooms are also available and pets are more than welcome to stay at our hotel too. We carry our exclusive line of especially comfortable mattresses called heavenly® in all rooms ensuring a good night rest, every night.

This luxurious hotel boasts a full spa, extensive gym, outside heated pool with Whirlpool and a nearby golf course. Check out is at 12 pm but later checkouts are available on the weekend. To book the perfect room through EscapeWizard.com to unwind in while looking out at the Pacific Ocean, please click here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Long Beach
By Sandy O'Neal
Holiday Inn
1133 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA
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If your travels take you to the beautiful Pacific Coast and you are looking for a perfect location to stay in Long Beach, look no further than the Holiday Inn. The hotel is conveniently located just one block from the heart of downtown Long Beach and nearby an array of things to see and do. If you are traveling to the area by air, the hotel is just 22 miles from the Los Angeles International Airport. You can catch a shuttle or taxi to transport you to the hotel. Check in is at 3:00 p.m. and check out is noon.

There are 134 guest rooms and suites spanning 4 floors. Non-smoking rooms are available. Room amenities may vary depending on your room choice. Typical room amenities include TV with access to in-room movies, work desk with lamp, coffee maker, and high speed internet access with wireless capabilities. 

During your stay you can keep up your conditioning with a visit to the 24-hour on-site fitness center. The fitness center is equipped with a treadmill, exercise bike, weight bench, and row machine. After your workout, you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the outdoor pool, or relax in the whirlpool.

You can enjoy dining & cocktails right on-site at the Clubhouse Bar & Grill. The restaurant serves breakfast and dinner and offers a wide variety of beer and wine. The Clubhouse Bar is a great place to relax and hang out with friends while enjoying a glass of wine or beer.

If you are looking for a place to host a meeting or banquet, the hotel has 3 meeting rooms to accommodate your needs.  There is more than 600 square feet of space that can accommodate 60 people. The rooms are equipped with state of the art audio visual equipment. There are sales & meeting professionals on-site to make sure your event is perfect down to the last detail.

The Holiday Inn is a perfect place to stay when you your travels take you to Long Beach. EscapeWizard.com makes booking your stay easy.  Just follow this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Long Beach
By Sarah Hay
Hotel Maya - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach, CA
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Come experience the fun and flavor of the Long Beach oceanfront, and book yourself a suite at the Hotel Maya – a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel. Situated near a host of local hotspots, activities and attractions, the hotel is located a mile from the Aquarium of the Pacific, and is near Belmont Shores, the Long Beach Grand Prix, the Queen Mary, and, to help you get around the area, a free shuttle bus runs from the hotel to the town 6 a.m. to midnight, daily. Although valet service is not available, self-parking is allowed, for a fee. Pets are always welcome, for a slight fee as well. BP, Verizon and Epson corporate offices are all within 10 miles of the hotel.

The nearly two hundred rooms and suites at the Hotel Maya have all been designed with your comfort in mind. Exceptional standard amenities include 37” HD flat screen televisions, free wireless high speed Internet access, MP3 clock radios, bathrobes, hairdryers, coffeemakers, mini refrigerators, weekday newspaper delivery, irons and ironing boards, and many rooms feature ocean or water views.

There is a heated outdoor pool and whirlpool, to help ease your tension, along with floating cabanas with fire pits, a fitness room, tennis court, walking track and bicycle rentals. There is a 24 hour Pavilion Pantry market on site, as well as a convenience store, gift shop, valet and laundry service, and a concierge desk, for any reservations you may need. There is also a Fuego Restaurant and bar on site, offering a tempting array of dishes.

There is a business center at the Hotel Maya, offering video phones, videoconferencing, printing, copying, fax and express mail service, along with audio/visual equipment rentals. There are six flexible event rooms, the largest of which covers 4800 square feet. So, if you’ve been looking for the best rates on the best hotel in Long Beach, look no further: come to the Hotel Maya – a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel. Trust the folks at EscapeWizard.com to lock in a great deal for you, and click here: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).