Belmont Shore California Photos and Information, Long Beach Community

Belmont Shore is a region of Long Beach (California) that's buzzing with shoppers, residents, visitors, beach-goers and the nautical crowd. Probably more loved than nearly any place you'll find, there's this loyal fan-base that even after living in Belmont Shore, then moving away, they still long for and fondly remember the seaside community.  In addition to the Alamitos Bay (top photo), you'll be able to ride the cement beach path on a bike, surrey, skates, or just jogging & walking, stroll and partake of free fishing on the Belmont Memorial Pier, or put together a game of sand beach volleyball at one of the courts at the beaches along Ocean Ave. It's there that you'll also find the jetski launch ramp, and a dog beach, plus Belmont Pool and Chuck's Coffee Shop, home to the "Locally World Famous" Weasel.


Who cares if the relaxing little beach town of Belmont Shore is really a part of the City of Long Beach? Residents once tried to make it a separate city and only relinquished their claim after Long Beach promised them a pier.

In addition to the city shutting down a couple streets for the summer safety of kids who flock to the little sandy beach shown above, they also don't mind closing the streets for events such as the annual holiday parade in December, Dine & Stroll food events outdoors, a doggie name it. While busy 2nd Street is the thoroughfare easily connecting Pacific Coast Highway and other cities with downtown Long Beach (Convention Center, Performing Arts, Pine Avenue, Arts District, Shoreline Village, Aquarium of the Pacific, Queen Mary, Port of Long Beach cruises, etc.), sometimes Belmont Shore just goes for it and closes the street.


Restaurants offer lots of festivity. Ethnic foods, Italian, college influence in youthful energy at night, and Long Beach's gay population all add to this quirky, very unorthodox community that includes many athletes, beach lovers, dog lovers, shop owners and home owners or renters with some nice little cottages or larger waterfront digs near the beach.  Then there's Belmont Shore's most prized possession, it's pier. This is the city that would have been...if not for the lack of money and a generous offer from a neighbor called "Long Beach". At one time Belmont Shore had to choose what it would do. The options were get a pier and be annexed, or have no pier.  They wanted that pier so much, their history changed with the consensus among the majority that it was worth the sacrifice.


They got their pier and life is pretty good in Belmont Shore, for the most part, anyway.  Just like the good ol' days, Belmont Shore closes its beachfront street, Bayshore, in the summer so that beach-goers are safe from the traffic that pours into their area. Overlooking Naples and the Long Beach peninsula, this small bay area is popular for sunbathing, swimming and learning how to sail the Sabot boats invented here decades ago.


Also a hit is popular 2nd Street, an approximate four-block long shopping region of cute stores, eateries, banks, photo labs and even two Starbucks.


Beyond the bend of the 2nd Street/Livingston/Ocean stoplight, Belmont Shore loses ground to downtown. The close-knit communal feeling fades as buildings loom larger and tower over Ocean Boulevard downtown. That's where Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, Shoreline Village and the new Pike redevelopment area beckon travelers to explore a whole new phase of Long Beach.


Give yourself an hour or two for enjoyment and exploration of Belmont Shore. But watch your parking meter carefully if you park in front of one. Traffic tickets come like clockwork, and arrive usually the minute your meter expires.  Our last ticket paid was $31 but the price probably has gone up since then.



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