It’s easy to fall in love with Naples, thanks to its public canals, that are especially charming on a gondola ride. This Italian-inspired Long Beach community was developed in the early 1900s as the “Dreamland of Southern California” and consists of three islands filled with narrow streets and walkways, canals, beautiful houses and boats, a plaza with a water fountain, and excellent shopping and restaurants on nearby 2nd Street.
For those who prefer a bit more sport than to watch a gondolier row you around the bay, consider renting a lightweight kayak near the Leeway Sailing Center where the gondolas launch daily. Or simply take a stroll down the public walkways that front the canals.
Alamitos Bay is the kid-friendly, family-friendly, beginner’s best place to take up the sport of kayaking. You’ll often see lap swimmers ply the bay waters, watch sabot sailboats (that were invented here), kayaks, and kids and adults having fun in the watercraft or just in the water.
To enjoy the Naples gem, fashioned after an Italian waterfront community, head down 2nd Street and turn at Bayshore Drive to find the kayak rentals, gondola rides, and a family-friendly sand beach that’s across the bay from Naples.
POINTS OF INTERESTS
- Marine Park AKA "Mother's Beach"
- Christmas Boat Parade
- On the Bay Fun
- Overlook Park
- Naples Plaza
- La Bella Fontana di Napoli
- California Academy of Mathematics & Science
- Intellectual Virtues Academy of Long Beach
- Ernest S. McBride Senior High School
- Naples Elementary School
- Rogers Middle School
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