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

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icon11 to 13 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 9 more
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Overview

Experience the laid-back vibes of Southern California’s most popular beach towns during this 12-hour day trip by air-conditioned coach. Travel everywhere from Venice Beach to Long Beach, stopping at such famous attractions as the Santa Monica Pier, the volleyball pavilion of Huntington Beach, the ‘Queen Mary’ ocean liner and much more. This day of fun in the sun also includes the commentary of a guide on your coach and admission to the Queen Mary.
  • 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
Professional tour guide
Transportation by 15-passenger van or a full-sized bus
Sightseeing in Huntington, Venice and Santa Monica Beaches
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities

Departure Point

1: 6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
2: Four Points Sheraton, 5990 Green Valley Cir, Culver City, CA 90230, USA

Departure Time

6:30am Departure – Los Angeles Farmers Market
7:00am Departure – Four Points Sheraton Culver City

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Enjoy the chill environment, beautiful scenery and fun-filled attractions of the most famous beach towns around Los Angeles, covering Long Beach to Venice Beach to Santa Montica and Huntington Beach too. If you’re looking for an easy way to get a feel for the unique seaside vibe that’s made L.A. famous, then this tour is a great option.

Start your day from a departure point at either the Los Angeles Farmers Market or the Four Points by Sheraton in Culver City. Depending on which point you’ve selected, you’ll leave at either 6:30 or 7am. Head to your first beach town visit at Huntington Beach, a town nicknamed as “Surf City” thanks to its mention by the Beach Boys. Observe the surfers paddling into the local swells and check out some volleyball competition at the pavilion. Take a few minutes to feel the sand between your toes before proceeding to Long Beach.

Make your next stop in Long Beach at the Queen Mary, a historic British ocean liner which made its last trip back in 1967. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of this magnificent boat, investigating the restored sections such as the machine rooms, aft and bridge, plus many more locations.

Move on from the elegant design of a vintage cruise ship to the quirky environs of Venice Beach, possibly one of the most eclectic beachfront strips in the world. Observe a mish-mash of talented street performers, hard-body weightlifters, graceful skateboarders and eclectic merchants who call the beach’s coastline home. Then leave the eccentric area of Venice behind as you head just north to the famous Santa Monica Pier, offering a wealth of places to eat, people watch or enjoy a ride on the pier’s action-packed rollercoaster and Ferris wheel. 

Finish your trip along Santa Monica’s upscale Third Street Promenade, a pedestrian-only walking and shopping area offering a variety of upscale merchants. Grab a few souvenirs or do do some window shopping before receiving a drop-off back at your original departure point.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Huntington Beach Pier
Today the amazing lifestyle of Southern California awaits, Sun, sea, surf and fun are the theme. We start our experience in Huntington Beach the birth place of modern day surfing, “The Beach Boys”, long boarding and beach volleyball.. Stroll along the beach, see the famous beach volleyball pavilion and, if you are lucky, maybe catch some of the local surfers. We continue to Long Beach, the proud home of the Queen Mary, one of the world’s most luxurious ships to sail the Atlantic Ocean. With the Long Beach marathon, Grand Prix street racing, Motorsports Walk of Fame and whale watching, it all happens here. Board the Queen Mary for a behind-the-scenes tour and see restored areas that have been under wraps since the final voyage in 1967, including the Isolation Wards and the Machine Rooms. After the Queen Mary we continue to Venice Beach, home to the most colorful promenade in the world. With Muscle Beach in the center, numerous roller skating and bike paths, Venice Beach is featured in numerous movies and television shows. Watch the professionals pump iron at Muscle Beach, enjoy the street performances by the locals and soak up this unique and amazing atmosphere. We end the day at the home of “Baywatch”, Santa Monica Pier. The beach and promenade were featured in films such as “White Men Can’t Jump” and many others. Enjoy Pacific Park, an amusement park on the pier with Pacific Wheel, the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel with panoramic views of the coastline. End the day with a stroll along the Third Street Promenade, one of the only pedestrian streets in Los Angeles, known for dining, shopping and street performers.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Queen Mary
We continue to Long Beach, the proud home of the Queen Mary, one of the world’s most luxurious ships to sail the Atlantic Ocean. With the Long Beach marathon, Grand Prix street racing, Motorsports Walk of Fame and whale watching, it all happens here. Board the Queen Mary for a behind-the-scenes tour and see restored areas that have been under wraps since the final voyage in 1967, including the Isolation Wards and the Machine Rooms.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Venice Beach
After the Queen Mary we continue to Venice Beach, home to the most colorful promenade in the world. With Muscle Beach in the center, numerous roller skating and bike paths, Venice Beach is featured in numerous movies and television shows. Watch the professionals pump iron at Muscle Beach, enjoy the street performances by the locals and soak up this unique and amazing atmosphere.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Santa Monica Pier
We end the day at the home of “Baywatch”, Santa Monica Pier. The beach and promenade were featured in films such as “White Men Can’t Jump” and many others. Enjoy Pacific Park, an amusement park on the pier with Pacific Wheel, the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel with panoramic views of the coastline.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Third Street Promenade
End the day with a stroll along the Third Street Promenade, one of the only pedestrian streets in Los Angeles, known for dining, shopping and street performers.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • For tours with fewer guests, vans may be substituted
  • Tours can be bilingual/multilingual as they are offered in many different languages
  • Children under the age of 2 are free, please advise at time of booking if infant is traveling
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • OPERATED BY Empire Vacations

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during California Beach Cities Day Trip: Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Venice Beach and Santa Monica from LA?
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This activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers.

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  • "I will recommend this tour only after have visited all the LA attraction since is a niche tour, I anyway like it so I have in mind the difference of each beach in LA." See review

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If you already saw the main attractions in LA it could be a good complement
emanuelalar0sa
, Oct 2019
I will recommend this tour only after have visited all the LA attraction since is a niche tour.... I anyway like it so I have in mind the difference of each beach in LA. Surfing in Huntington, visiting Queen Mary in Long Beach, relax & fine dine in Marina del Rey, see the local "fauna" in Venice Beach (very nice the small channels), be posh in Santa Monica. I would add also Malibu at this tour, there is enough time to do it. Local operator very nice and they never cancel the trips even if they have only one guest, as it was my case!
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I think we were a little fazed when we...
Beverly H
, Sep 2018
I think we were a little fazed when we found out we were the only ones going on this tour but went on to have a fantastic day. Jacob, our driver gave us so much information during the trip, I just wish I could recall all the details. Huntington Beach was my favourite but it was still amazing to walk along Santa Monica peir and to watch the guys on Muscle Beach in Venice Beach. The Queen Mary was something else. Shame we couldn't have kept it here in England! We chose the Haunted Tour on board and were not disappointed. It really was a great day out and we certainly can recommend it to you all.
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4 Beaches in one day each different...
Jeannette W
, Jun 2017
4 Beaches in one day each different Huntington a surfers beach with surfers and Beach volleyball. Long Beach the Queen Mary is well worth a visit, Venice Beach with the canals and luxury homes and the bohemian shops with Bike riding and Skateboarding, finally Santa Monica the end of Route 66 with Palisades Park and the pier with its stalls and restaurants and Fun Park. The guide was informative and gave you time at each beach so you did not feel rushed.
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This was a fantastic day! We were...
Seren B
, Apr 2017
This was a fantastic day! We were the only ones on the tour and the guide was very polite, friendly and had a lot of information to give us. The beaches were beautiful, and because of the early start we saw them both a the very busy and quieter times. The Queen Mary was also a highlight and the guide does let you do some exploring for yourself which is always great. I'd definitely recommend this.
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The overall day was very good, the...
Karen H
, Sep 2016
The overall day was very good, the driver and tour guide were excellent. We weren't so interested in the Queen Mary tour and would have preferred to have it optional or a shortened version as would rather have had longer at the other places.
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Very early start but worth it. We...
Thomas G
, May 2016
Very early start but worth it. We were the only two on the tour which was great and the guide - Giovanni - was well informed, flexible and polite. Enjoyed all of it but felt that the Queen Mary was rather a let down. It appears not to have been maintained in an appropriate manner. The Ghost Tour seemed to be an attempt to entertain the tourists rather than anything special. However, glad to have seen it. Venice Beach and Santa Monica Pier were the real highlights but Huntington Beach early in the morning was refreshing. A tour worth doing.
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We had an amazing time on the 3...
Jake Z
, Dec 2015
We had an amazing time on the 3 tours we did. Our tour guide really made the experience highly memorable. We highly recommend getting Richard as your guide if you can, he is brilliant!
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The tour was really amazing. I...
Moe
, Sep 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.
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Apart from the very early beginning...
Saloma76
, Sep 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.
star-5
Wonderful tour with excellent guide...
Virginia P
, Dec 2014
Wonderful tour with excellent guide will book with them again

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