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Redondo Beach, California

Guide to Visiting Redondo Beach


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Redondo Beach Pier

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  • Location: West Los Angeles on the Santa Monica Bay, south of LAX. See directions below
  • How Long: Allow half a day for the pier and beach, but you could stay busy here for a weekend
  • Best Time to Visit: From May through July, but most often in June, Redondo Beach can be shrouded in fog all day long. Spring and fall are usually nice and so is winter, as long as it isn't raining. Go early for a quiet walk on the beach or later in the day to enjoy the people.
  • See It Now: Redondo Beach Photo Tour

There's more to Redondo Beach than just the sandy fringe where it meets the Santa Monica Bay, but if you're looking for a beach getaway, you'll find plenty to do within the area centered on the Redondo Beach marina and pier.

Things to Do in Redondo Beach

  • Redondo Beach: The sandy part of Redondo Beach, just south of the pier. Lifeguards are on duty here, watching kids and adults alike bobbing around in the surf.
  • Redondo Beach Pier: This U-shaped pier bristles with fishing poles, and once in a while you'll see someone reel in a catch. You'll also find restaurants and fast-food stands here, along with souvenir shops, one of which touts a 16-and-a-half-foot long great white shark on display.
  • Rent a Bicycle: Ride a little or ride a lot. The oceanfront bike path here is flat and runs for more than 20 miles up to Santa Monica.
  • Sport Fishing: Half-day and longer deep-sea fishing trips leave from the marina. No pole? No problem. Rent equipment at the tackle shop nearby. Catches around Redondo Beach include halibut, mackerel, bonita, sand bass, yellowtail and more.
  • Rent a Kayak: The marina and nearby harbor offer plenty of room to paddle around, and lots to see.
  • Take a Speedboat Ride: This 70-foot, 140-passenger speedboat blasts off hourly on weekends and holiday afternoons.
  • Head for the Hollywood Riviera: Some say this six blocks of unique, local shops, salons and eateries resembles southern France. You can get there by walking along the oceanfront sidewalk south from the pier, driving south from the pier on Catalina Avenue or taking Beach Cities Transit bus #104.
  • Go for a Swim: You can swim in the ocean, but if you like your water calmer, Seaside Lagoon offers a salt water pool with sandy beaches.
  • Watch the Grunion Run: No, this isn't a 5K or a 10K. Instead, it's the mating spectacle of small, silvery fish that spawn en masse on southern California beaches shortly after high tide shortly after a full moon. The peak spawning period is late March through early June.

Redondo Beach Tips

  • You can park in the lot at the pier, but in other areas, bring lots of coins for the parking meters
  • Many of the businesses on the pier will validate your parking.
  • The Redondo Beach Farmers Market takes up many of the parking places in the lot south of the pier on Thursday mornings.
  • You'll find public restrooms on the pier and above the oceanfront sidewalk south of it.

Redondo Beach Review

We rate Redondo Beach 3.5 stars out of 4 for its oceanfront location, beaches and fun things to do on the pier.

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Getting to Redondo Beach

From LAX, you can take the scenic route to Redondo Beach. Go west west toward the ocean on Imperial Highway to the end and turn left (south). From there, all you have to do is follow the beach as closely as you can as you drive through Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach on your way south.

From I-405, take Artesia Blvd. west to Pacific Coast Highway and go south. Turn right on W. Beryl St. to reach the marina. The Redondo Beach Pier is at Torrance Blvd. Continue south on Catalina Avenue to reach the Redondo Beach "Hollywood Riviera" area.

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