Though it looks quaint—framed by bright buildings and Cape Cods—Shoreline Village is rarely quiet. Galleries, boutiques, and restaurants that dot the waterfront boardwalk and beyond draw tourists like flies.

While popular chains are nowhere to be found, the shops here are wonderfully unique. The Purple House, for example, stocks candles, toiletries, and accessories in shades of violet and lilac. Sugar fiends can get their fried cake and taffy fix at Funnel House and Candy Baron. And the Village Hat Shop boasts the biggest selection of headwear in the country.

Believe it or not, there is a way to see the village far from the crowds and kids that pack Pelican Pier Pavilion. Rent a wave runner and power past the weekend masses—it's a fun way to cruise the harbor.

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Beach Review of Shoreline Village

Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
BeachExpert Rating 3.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
BeachExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Shoreline Village is commercial and can be crowded, but it's a great starting point for fun out on the water.
  • You can sign up for sailing lessons, book charters, take a narrated harbor tour, and rent jet skis, fishing skiffs, and family boats. Reservations are recommended, especially in summer.
  • On land, ride a carousel, check out a dozen restaurants, or join the throngs shopping. It's a nice setting with plenty to see and do.

419 Shoreline Village Dr.
Long Beach, California 90802
Parking: Monday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 562-435-2668
Fax: 562-435-6445
Neighborhood: Long Beach and the South Bay
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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