|Alamitos Bay is
located at the east end of the Los Angeles-Long Beach breakwater, with
quick access to both the open ocean and the more protected harbor
waters, although protected doesn't mean the winds don't blow! You
can usually count on afternoon breezes above 10 knots. Alamitos is
home to the Coast Guard Station. The Alamitos Bay Marina is owned and
operated by the City of Long Beach and was opened in the late 50s and
has 1991 slips.
Some of this age shows but we understand there are plans afoot for
improvements. Parking for slip renters is by permit, don't get
caught in the wrong car park lane without a pass from the office.
The fines are hefty. Marine Stadium was built for the 1932
Olympics as the rowing venue and is still in use today, however, access is
restricted by height limitations.
There are a number of restaurants
within walking distance of the marina, some good, some typical tourist
stuff, but Schooner or Later's breakfast "mess" is not to be
missed. Get there early however. There is a grocery store,
marine hardware store and other supplies also within walking
distance. A shipyard is located just south of the bridge to
Belmont Shores. Belmont is another fun place to explore if you
have a bike with you or take a cab. Its a bit of a hike. A
relaxing hour can be spent watching the kids in sabots and lasers during
the summer sailing programs in the middle of the bay. No wonder
this area has so many Olympics participants.
The bay is
home to several yacht clubs, Alamitos
Bay Yacht Club, Navy
Yacht Club-LB, Seal
Beach Yacht Club and Long
Beach Yacht Club.