Belmont Shore & Naples

sights / Other

Lonely Planet review

If downtown Long Beach feels urban and corporate, Belmont Shore exudes quintessential SoCal laid-back-rity. It has a fine beach with a pier for fishing and sunsets, and keeps it real along a buzzy four-block-long strip of mostly indie boutiques, cafes filled with surfers and students, and busy restaurants like Bono’s .

Naples, just south of here, is Long Beach’s most exclusive neighborhood. It’s a canal-laced borough, not coincidentally created in 1903 by Arthur Parsons, a contemporary of Venice’s Abbot Kinney. It’s best explored on a gondola ride.