The Best Boat Hire in Long Beach

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What to know about boat hires in Long Beach

There’s a large range of options for boat hires in Long Beach. Fishing charters are particularly popular, with the possibility of catching yellowtail, white sea bass, blue perch and halibut. There are harbour tours including a tour to see whales and dolphins as well as sea lions and seals swimming around.

Power boats are a popular choice for people looking to cover a lot of the coastline or explore the bay. Jet skiing is also a popular activity in Long Beach for people looking to zip around the harbour for a few hours.

Electric boat hire is a great option for travelers looking for a quieter experience on the water than a traditional powerboat. Duffy Electric Boats are available at multiple marinas in Long Beach and are a great option for less experienced boaters.

There are many great boating destinations surrounding Long Beach including Naples Island, Naples Island off of Long Beach provides an excellent opportunity for a romantic gondola tour of the canals. It’s a neighborhood made up of three islands that is also a great place for stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking.

Another boating option in Long Beach is catching the ferry to Catalina Island. This is a very popular experience, so booking in advance is highly recommended. The Catalina Express ferry takes one hour to get from Long Beach to Santa Catalina Island. Catalina has beautiful beaches, wildlife preserves and some of the best scuba diving in all of California, noted for the impressive underwater kelp forests.

Because of Long Beach’s location, locals and travelers alike will never run out of things to do on the water. These nearby California spots will welcome you to fun on the water too! Check out Los Angeles, Torrance, Santa Monica, Malibu, Newport Beach, Dana Point, Oceanside, Encinitas, and San Diego.

Boating Events in Long Beach

There are countless boat parties and boating-related events that take place during the year in Long Beach. In December, the Parade of 1000 Lights is a waterfront parade of decorated boats that cruise through Shoreline Village and Rainbow Harbor. In the summer, the Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival is the largest in California, with over 100 teams from across the world competing for first place.

Other Things To Do in Long Beach

Not far outside Long Beach in the neighbouring city of Buena Park is Knott’s Berry Farm - an amusement park that is a mix of fast rides and old-fashioned magic. Accessible from Long Beach in under 30 minutes, it’s the perfect way to spend a day with children or thrill-seeking adults!

Marinas in Long Beach

There are many marinas and yacht clubs in Long Beach for travelers looking to hire a boat or embark on a tour. Many are in Rainbow Harbor, the location of the moored Queen Mary, and in a neighborhood called Belmont Shore. Some popular Rainbow Harbor marinas include the Long Beach Shoreline Marina, Pine Avenue Pier, and the Shoreline Yacht club to start. In the Belmont Shore area, there’s Long Beach Marina Headquarters and Basin 4, amongst other highly rated marinas.

About Long Beach

Long Beach is a city located on the Pacific coast of California. It’s the third largest city in Southern California and is part of the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. It has its own airport as well as one of the busiest shipping seaports. While once a less-than-desirable tourist destination, the city has transformed itself into a resort town. It provides a great blend of urban life with a relaxed, beachside community. It’s a culturally diverse city, with a rich variety of things to see and experience, and a fantastic range of restaurants.

The weather in Long Beach is mild, with summer temperatures rarely exceeding 32°C. In the winter months, the temperature rarely drops below 4°C with a lot of clear, sunny days. There is very little rainfall annually in Long Beach. The best time to visit in terms of temperature is between March and mid-July and October through December.

Hiring a boat in Long Beach is a great option for visitors looking to make the most of their stay. With miles of beautiful California coastline and massive harbors to explore, spending a day cruising on a boat is a popular choice for many travelers. While it is generally nice year-round, it’s advisable for winter visitors to pack warmer layers if planning on a day out on the water, as it can be cool, especially if the sun isn’t out.

While not a boat you can take out on the water, one of the biggest attractions in Long Beach is the Queen Mary, a retired 1930’s ocean liner that has been converted into a hotel with a museum and restaurants.

While onshore, be sure to stop at the famous Aquarium of the Pacific. It’s a massive aquarium that hosts over 11,000 animals, and it’s an excellent way to spend a rainy day or visit if you have kids. In April, the Toyota Grand Prix takes over the city for a weekend with car racing, live entertainment, and other activities. If you’re in the mood for some retail therapy or need a bite to eat, check out the shopping of Shoreline Village, a charming commercial center on the waterfront.

GetMyBoat customer reviews for boat rentals in Long Beach.

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    Kimberly
    Bareboat charter sailing catamaran for parties / events in Long Beach

    Can not say enough good about our experience with this boat charter!! David was amazing, from the communication pre-trip, to boarding and instructions, to sailing and disembarkation...just STELLAR!! What a perfect way to celebrate my hubby’s birthday. We will be using David again for sure!

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    Jontavis
    48' Luxury Yacht in Long Beach, California

    Had a bunch of fun! Me and 9 friends went on this trip and everybody had a great time the host made the trip even better great hospitality! The yacht is amazing inside and out, the pictures don’t do enough justice you have to experience it for yourself I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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    Amanda
    Bareboat charter sailing catamaran for parties / events in Long Beach

    Captain David is very communicative and accommodating. Super easy going, very knowledgeable, and made us feel SAFE! I highly recommend the boat, too. It’s very clean and comfortable! So many options to make it fun - music, paddle board, fridge for food, etc.

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    Brian
    48' Luxury Yacht in Long Beach, California

    Unbelievable day trip to Catalina with Nick and Brian. We put this together at the last minute. Captain was super responsive with the planning and everything was amazing. Definitely spoiled rotten now, I have no idea how I’ll ever be able to go back to the island any other way.

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    Alexis
    48' Luxury Yacht in Long Beach, California

    He’s a great captain and host very laid back and helpful, I had 12 guests to celebrate my birthday and we were allowed to bring food drinks and a speaker, he really allows you to enjoy the ambience.

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    Rafael
    Charter This Private Bertram Yacht in Long Beach, California

    Book this trip for my wife’s birthday and hand a blast booked towards the evening 530-830 to watch the sunset, it was perfect timing even manage to go swimming for a bit overall I think the experience was under value I checked out other local alternative and this was the best for its buck . The bot was super nice well maintained, on board restroom . & simply the captain along with his experience makes the whole trip worth while . Will book in the future . 5 star trip .