Wanderlust: Long Beach, CA “Reggae Boat Party”

Once upon a time there was a Living Social deal online that advertised a taste of the tropics on the Reggae Boat Party from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. every Sunday afternoon from June to September where we could throw all our cares overboard and enjoy the ocean’s tunes without getting pulled under by the price.

We couldn’t pass on those promises of a sunset dream at just $14 a pop but we found it rather difficult trying to schedule 4 different people’s schedules with a very unresponsive vendor. After leaving multiple messages we were finally able to book one of the few remaining available dates, the the anniversary of 9/11.

The tragic anniversary proved to be a beautiful 75 degree day despite the gloomy undertones. We hightailed it to the LB Marina after a late start and after some hassle finding parking because of the anniversary celebrations we were on our way to the tropics. Well, not really as we found out from the captain that the boat never leaves the marina.

Reggae Boat Party

After getting our drink ticket redeemed we examine the rest of the people that we would be sharing the small boat space with for the next three hours. Upon initial survey, it looked  like there was a paper company party with all the name tags and hodgepodge of middle-aged, quirky characters. The rest of the boat was sprinkled with a few younger people who were duped into buying the Living Social as well. There were also real reggae aficionados in the mix and then there was the cast of the Jersey Shore wannabes hooched up for a Sunday afternoon boat ride. I swear the girl did not have underwear on. But, the funniest part of all this was the family of Chinese tourists that included an elderly grandma who spent most of the boat ride asleep on the couches by the bar.

There was a live reggae band which was pretty cool. Though they played reggae music from a CD more than the band actually played.  The website had advertised that there was food available for purchase but the only thing for sale was Domino’s pizza and wings and potato chips. Nothing veggie-friendly.

So, we were starving and bored and the only thing that we wanted to do was get off the boat as soon as possible so that we could get some grub. Three hours never went by so slow.

But, we made the best of it and enjoyed some time on the water in perfect southern California weather and remembered all those who lost their lives 10 years ago on this day.


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