If you are looking to get away from the hectic traffic in Los Angeles, Long Beach is the perfect getaway just 40 minutes away. It is the home of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and The Museum of Latin America Art (MOLAA). I had the pleasure to tour this beautiful city in March thanks to We All Grow Latina and the Long Beach Visitors Bureau.
Start your day by sailing along the Long Beach Coastline aboard one of Harbor Breeze’s catamarans. The ride is smooth and the scenery is amazing. You might even get a peek at dolphins and whales swimming near by depending on the season. Afterwards head over to The MOLAA Museum which was funded in 1996. It is the only museum in the US to feature artists from Mexico, South America, Central America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean. As soon as you walk into the museum you appreciate the diversity and beauty of different Latino artists.
For lunch you can head over to The Aquarium of the Pacific and sign up for a behind the scenes tour of the aquarium. They are a world class educational and research facility. Here I learned that the vaquita porpoise is the world’s most endangered mammal and can only be found in the Northern part of the Gulf of California, Mexico. The Aquarium of the Pacific is raising awareness to this issue and asking the public to get involved in conserving the vaquitas. Check out their website for more details.
End the day with a helicopter tour provided by Anthelion Helicopters. Riding on a helicopter has been on my bucket list for a while now and I was glad to check that off my list. I was nervous and scared, but the ride was smooth and incredible. Flying and enjoying the Long Beach skyline is an experience you will never forget.
***Some pictures provided by Long Beach Visitors Bureau and Robson Muzel.