Allen if you fly directly into Long beach it's much closer to the port. Airfare is slightly higher then to LAX but it becomes the same when you add in the price of the shuttle from LAX about $30 There are many hotels to choose from. Use yahoo maps for an idea on what's where. Just do a search for Long beach hotels, and read the info. Many have free shuttles. Most have 800 numbers you can call free for information as well.