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  • Location:Los Angeles, California
  • Duration:12 hours (approx.)

California Beach Cities Day Trip from Los Angeles: Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Venice Beach and Santa Monica

Experience Southern California’s laid-back beach lifestyle, and see various Pacific coast beaches on this day trip from Los Angeles! Visit Huntington Beach, Long Beach, and climb aboard the Queen Mary, the famous ocean liner. See the colorful characters and performers of Venice Beach, and ride the roller coasters at Santa Monica Pier. An enthralling day at the beach awaits!


  • Full-day trip to Southern California's most celebrated seaside attractions
  • Stroll along the Santa Monica Pier and ride the rides at Pacific Park
  • Wander Venice Beach and peruse the local wares
  • Travel to Long Beach and explore the Queen Mary ocean liner
  • See Huntington Beach, including its famous volleyball pavilion
  • Shop on Third Street Promenade, a famous pedestrian-only street
  • Enjoy entertaining and informative commentary from your tour guide
  • Air-conditioned transportation in a deluxe van or bus

What You Can Expect

California Beach Cities Day Trip from Los Angeles: Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Venice Beach and Santa Monica

Pacific Park at the Santa Monica Pier

Get a taste of the famously laid-back, Southern California lifestyle on this tour of the West Coast's most famous beachside attractions! First, you’ll head to Huntington Beach, the so-called “Surf City” made popular by the Beach Boys. See surfers paddling in the ocean, and take in some beach volleyball action. Wriggle your toes in the sand before heading north to Long Beach.

In Long Beach, you’ll have a behind-the-scenes tour of one of the most famous ships in the world, the British ocean liner RMS Queen Mary. This legendary cruise ship made its last voyage in 1967, and now it serves as a monument to the days of transatlantic pleasure cruises. See the restored sections of the ship such as her bridge, the aft, machine rooms and much more!

After you’ve seen the Queen Mary’s elegant facilities, you’ll travel to one of the most famously eclectic and eccentric stretches of coast in the world, Venice Beach. In Venice, you’ll see street performers, bazaar merchants, muscle-bound weightlifters, and skateboarders, all of whom contribute to Venice Beach’s signature vibe. After you’ve seen Venice’s wonderful weirdness, you’ll head to the Santa Monica Pier, where you can dine, people watch, or ride the thrilling coasters and Ferris wheel at Pacific Park.

Your trip concludes at the Third Street Promenade, a popular beach-friendly, pedestrian-only boulevard. Dust off the sand and shop to your heart's content before returning to your air-conditioned coach to Los Angeles.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The tour was really amazing. I enjoyed every second of it. Richard, the tour guide, was very kind, full of information and professional. His stories are entertaining and interesting.
I highly recommend it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Apart from the very early beginning I know, that it is necessary in order to get the whole program through I loved this tour. Richard the tour guide is very knowledgeable and has a lot of funny and interesting stories to share. Jakob the driver brought us safely to all our destinations. It is a packed day with a lot of beautiful views and memories. As it is not always guided you have time to explore Huntington Beach, Queen Mary, Venice and Santa Monica on your on as well. Absolutely recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Wonderful tour with excellent guide will book with them again

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Best tour, excellent driver, well educated in all areas of tour. Could not do enough for us. We appreciated his friendliness and effort in making sure we had a wonderful day. Would give Amir a higher rating if possible. Thanks again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

Brilliant tour, tour guide was fantastic and best way to see all of the beaches in Southern California! Many Thanks!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

Excellent trip. Lots of time for all beaches. Got to see the outskirts of the city and nice neighbourhoods not easily accesible by public transportation. Richard,our driver and guide, was very friendly,enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Highly recommended!

Shermann D
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2012

Wonderful day out. Our guide even gave us extra time on The Queen Mary. This is the one to experience the differences in beach culture in LA. Venice beach is a real eye opener-not to be missed. Great commentary and guide would fully recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2011

Our California Beach Cities Day Trip (incorporating the Queen Mary tour) was excellent. My wife and myself were fortunate that we had a private tour just ourselves and Richard, our driver and guide. Apart from being a very nice person, Richard was also very knowledgable and nothing was too much trouble for him. The car was very comfortable and we felt very safe and secure with Richard. He was very punctual and also, because there was only the 3 of us, very flexible. I would certainly recommend Viator Tours and we give our tour 5 stars.

3 star rating: Worth doing July 2014

Our tour guide was great, very knowledgeable and interesting.

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