Since my brother-in-law moved to Long Beach last year, my husband and I have found ourselves becoming more familiar with this particular area of Southern California. Specifically, we’ve begun frequenting a small, quiet beach near his apartment.
An internet search finds a handful of possible names for this beach: Cherry Beach, Alamitos Beach, or the beach at Bixby Park. The official website for the City of Long Beach offers no further insight. For the purposes of this article, I’m going to call it Cherry Beach. Alamitos Beach seems to be the name of the neighborhood in which the beach is located, and Bixby Park is actually north of the beach, on the other side of Ocean Avenue.
On all my past visits to Cherry Beach, I’ve found it to be quiet with reasonably low crowd levels. It is not a particularly clean beach — I’ve noticed a bit of garbage littering the sand — but is not nearly as dirty as some other SoCal beaches I’ve visited. I haven’t found the cleanliness level so bad as to damper my enjoyment of the warm sun and cool ocean breeze, or of the views, which are stunning. The Port of Long Beach is close by, providing some stunning views of incoming ships and harbor structures.
The surrounding area hosts many exciting activities as well, for when walking along the shore and looking at the view isn’t enough for you. There’s free yoga, kite surfing, and a walking and biking trail, to name a few. Bixby Park, located to the north, offers even more. Additionally, the Long Beach Museum of Art overlooks Cherry Beach, offering free admission on Thursday evening and all day Friday.
Overall, Cherry Beach is nice, calm, and worth a visit if you’re in the area.
Quick facts about Cherry Beach:
Located at the base of Junipero Ave, south of Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach, CA.
Best time to go: Any time of year, so long as the weather is clear!
Getting there: Follow Ocean Blvd east until you get to the intersection of Junipero Ave. Turn right and follow the road down the bluff into the parking lot.
What to bring: Flip-flops, towel, swimsuit (if you plan to get in the water).
No dogs allowed.
Metered parking on-site. Nearby street parking available.