SPOTLIGHT ON SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Long Beach is the central jewel in Southern California’s
glittering array of beachfront towns. But Long Beach is
more than just a pretty beach. Unlike most oceanfront
cities, Long Beach boasts an urban, downtown
waterfront, blending the casual atmosphere of a beach
town with the electric hum of an exciting big city.
Experiential by nature
Experience everything that makes this city magical:
the food, the nightlife, the scenic pathways, and
miles and miles of sandy beachfront and inland
waterways. With its Mediterranean climate, Long
Beach boasts 345 days of sunshine each year,
o;ering unlimited outdoor activities. Dine in
singular restaurants, many with panoramic ocean
vistas. Stroll along well-lit, palm-lined promenades,
boardwalks, and esplanades.
Easy breezy exploring
Long Beach is listed as one of the “most walkable”
cities in America, as well as one of the top bike-friendly locations. ;e city’s transportation system
is modern and e;cient. Metro light rail trains
whisk passengers to downtown Los Angeles in less
than an hour, with frequent service and connections
to all the Metro rail and bus lines. Long Beach
Transit operates a fleet of electric and hybrid buses
throughout the city and the Passport buses are free
in the downtown area. ;e Aquabus water taxi
runs between Rainbow Harbor, Shoreline Village,
and the Queen Mary, and a high-speed AquaLink
provides service from downtown to Alamitos Bay.
Long Beach o;ers its own world-class attractions: the
majestic Queen Mary, the spell-binding Aquarium of
the Pacific, whale watching, harbor cruises, comedy WATERFRONT DINING IN LONG BEACH
LONG BEACH CONVENTION
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and musical clubs featuring entertainment across
all genres. With four unique museums, historic
Spanish-era ranchos, numerous historic sites and
buildings, the community is proud of its past and
looking forward to a dynamic future. Art and Culture
are a vital part of that community.
Located in the center of Southern California, Long
Beach is close to all the Southland’s major attractions
via freeway and public transportation. Downtown
LA, Hollywood, Universal Studios and Disneyland
attractions are all within 30 minutes of downtown.
Getting to and from Long Beach is also quick and
easy, with three major airports less than 30 minutes
away. Long Beach Airport, the West Coast hub for
JetBlue, is just 10 minutes from downtown. LAX
and Orange County’s John Wayne Airport are less
than 30 minutes away via freeway.
What’s new and what’s ahead
;e Long Beach Convention & Entertainment
Center is located in the center of the downtown
waterfront, with sweeping harbor views. With $60
million in renovations and ongoing improvements
underway,indoor/outdoor venues provide planners
with creative and cost-saving possibilities.
;e newest features at the convention center
include ;e Cove, a unique street party venue and
;e Rainbow Bridge, a state-of-the-art elevated
;e Cove is bedecked with marine motifs,
customizable lighting fixtures, and indoor/outdoor
space ideal for pre-function receptions, concerts and
parties, plus catering options that can include Southern
California food trucks to create an exciting atmosphere.
;e Rainbow Bridge was created to provide
delegates with a shortcut to other parts of the
convention center campus. What has emerged is
a visual masterpiece illuminated by 3,500 LED
lights, 100 downlights and 70 floodlights that are
programmable to create musical lightshows. Bench
seating and landscaping provide attendees a place to
absorb spectacular city views.
Coming in May 2018, will be a major upgrade to the
EXCITING SOUTH BEACH
step out, mingle and soak up the city’s signature
sunshine and ocean breeze. ;e new Miami Beach
Convention Center is also environmentally friendly
and LEED Silver-certified.
What’s new in Miami
Along with the new convention center, Miami
continues to reinvent itself with new hotels, meeting
spaces and enhanced infrastructure. Some of the
recent additions to the city include:
Brickell City Centre. ;e $1.05 billion
project by Swire Properties opened its doors in
November 2016. Spanning 9. 1 acres, Brickell
City Centre includes a 352-room hotel, an open-air shopping center, two luxury condo towers,
two o;ce buildings and an entertainment center.
Brightline. ;e new express train service will
provide intercity travel in Florida. In early 2019,
Brightline will begin service connecting Miami,
Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, with service
between Miami and Orlando to follow.
Frost Science Museum.;e Phillip and Patricia
Frost Museum of Science opened its doors to the
public in May 2017 at its new home in downtown
Miami’s Museum Park. ;e 250,000-square-foot
facility combines a planetarium, aquarium and
science museum on one campus.
Along with its world-famous weather and beaches,
the city also o;ers nearly endless possibilities
for entertainment and exploration. From unique
hotel and dining experiences to culturally diverse
neighborhoods and a thriving arts scene, Miami
seamlessly blends the benefits of a sophisticated
international destination with the natural beauty
of the tropics. And it’s easy to get to, with Miami
International Airport (MIA) o;ering more than
400 flights from around the globe daily and serving
more airlines than any other airport in the U.S.
;ese are just a few of the memorable and magical
highlights awaiting any meeting planner thinking of
Miami. Visit MiamiMeetings.com to learn more.