I am moving to Long Beach in a couple months, trying to figure out where exactly, hoping some of you guys that live there and could help me out. Have a few questions:

1. How are the breaks on the West End? I have always came into town either from LB rd or the Loop/Meadowbrook so usually don't check it down there. Have surfed there a handful of times but never on a good day. Generally I have heard that its a bit smaller, a bit less crowded. Is that fair?

2. How long does it take to drive across town during rush hour? Need to get to the Loop for my commute so trying to factor that in.

3. Is renting an apartment on the West End without a reserved parking spot a really bad idea?

Many thanks.