Brightly painted, and spread out on 11 acres with its own sandy beach, the Hotel Maya brings a tropical flair to Long Beach's waterfront. The high-ceiling lobby and outdoor areas are outfitted with painted tiles, pebbled walkways, and orange and fuchsia accents. Rooms are equally colorful and chic, thanks to textured wallpapers, lime-green shutter-style blinds, and blue throw pillows. All rooms come with balconies, too; ask for an ocean view, as some rooms look into the parking area. The long pool is perfect for sunning or sipping margaritas (the hotel bar stocks 150 types of tequila) in private cabanas. Dine alfresco at Fuego, the Mexican-inspired restaurant, overlooking the harbor, the nearby Queen Mary, and downtown Long Beach. A seasonal water taxi and year-round shuttle provide public transport to downtown Long Beach, across the harbor.