Best Kept Secret in Long Beach? Naples Canals


Thank you to Redfin for including me in your article about Long Beach!

Lisa Niver, founder of We Said Go Travel, was named a top Long Beach, CA, local park expert by Redfin. Check out the article Exploring Parks in Long Beach: A Guide to Nature and Recreation in the City of Long Beach | Redfin

Long Beach, CA is home to some of the most beautiful parks in the country. From stunning coastal hikes to tranquil neighborhood parks, Long Beach offers a variety of outdoor spaces for locals and visitors to explore. 

With its mild climate and stunning landscapes, Long Beach is the perfect destination for outdoor recreation. Whether you are looking for a peaceful picnic close to your Long Beach apartment, or an exciting adventure, you can find something to enjoy in these 13 must-visit parks in Long Beach.

6. Naples Canals

The Naples Canals of Long Beach are a network of man-made canals in the Naples neighborhood. The canals are a popular destination for sightseeing and recreational activities. 

Visitors can explore the canals on foot or by kayak or take a leisurely gondola ride. The canals are also home to various wildlife, including ducks, geese, egrets, and herons. The nearby Naples Island Park offers a variety of amenities, including picnic areas, playgrounds, and a public pool.

“I think the best-kept secret in Long Beach is the Naples Canals,” shares Lisa Niver, travel expert at We Said Go Travel. “Take your entire family to kayak or paddleboard in calm water.  During the holidays, take your sweetheart for a romantic gondola ride that feels like Venice, Italy, while staying in sunny California.” 

Lisa and Jen at the Naples Canals, Long Beach, California

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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