Redondo Beach is a popular vacation spot, famous for beaches, sport fishing, and the huge Redondo Beach Pier. The city is divided roughly into North and South, with the south side housing the tourist areas.
Like many Southern California cities, traffic can get very dense, especially during rush hour, which is especially true for Sepulveda Blvd. (1) At the Beach, the parking situation is a little better than neighboring Manhattan & Hermosa Beach. Most public parking for the beach is centralized in a big parking garage right next to the Redondo Beach Pier. Note: Parking in this garage is metered. It accepts coin and card. There is also a smaller public parking lot on the other side of the pier.
Redondo Beach Pier, (at the end of Torrance Blvd.). This Pier is really an enclosed loop hovering over the water. It's really big, with restaurants and gift shops built on top of it. Airplanes with banner ads streaming behind it are a common sight overhead.edit
Hopkins Wilderness Park, 1102 Camino Real, ☎ (310) 318-0668. What a great use for an old missile site! The park used to be a Nike radar site during the Cold War. It was the IFC (Integrated Flight Control) radar site for Nike-Ajax LA-57, one of sixteen Nike sites that formed a protective ring around Los Angeles from the 1950s to the 1970s. Now it is home to ducks, turtles, rabbits and other small creatures. Some finding they way there, others abandoned. The kiddos will love it, and there are picnic areas scatterred around the park -- some near the two ponds.edit
The old Public Library (inside Veterans Park). The old public library is now a community center but still preserves it's old fashioned architectural style. It and the gigantic magnolia tree next door is usually fenced off.edit
South Bay Galleria, 1815 Hawthorne Blvd (on the very northeast corner of the city), ☎ (310) 371-7546, . 10am - 8am. A HUGE three-story shopping mall with dozens of stores and a movie theater. Mostly a safe place, but there has been mugging there in the past. If need be, you can have a security guard walk you to your car.edit
Redondo's King Harbor has many restaurants, a boardwalk with shops and an arcade, and a large pier with great views. Location is at the west end of Torrance Blvd. Plenty of parking, in shade (nice in Summer)
In South Redondo Beach up against the Palos Verdes hills. Away from the hustle and crowded feel of Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach. Originally called Hollywood Riviera because so many of Hollywood came there to escape, it now has a more European feel to it. Some great place to grab a bite to eat, or if you want to grab some food and walk to the beach, stop in to Trader Joes. The Village is basically a triangle with the water on the west side, PCH on the east side, and Palos Verdes Drive along the south side. The beaches here are less crowded and parking is pretty easy. You can pay at meters along the Esplanade or drive a few blocks inland and park for free. As property values have soared in the area, the Village has "Yuppified", but retains its small seaside feel. Location is along Catalina Avenue and Vista Del Mar streets. Interestingly, only one of these shops has seating outside where one can actually view the ocean. It's at the NW corner of Catalina Avenue and I street.
Rice Things, 2401 Artesia Blvd #105, ☎ (310) 214-9033. 12pm - 9pm; Closed Sun.. Arguably the finest sushi for the cheapest price in the South Bay. Try the combination sushi dinners for $10.edit
Rinaldi's, 308 Avenue I, ☎ (310) 375-2443. An Italian deli that makes you think twice about what goes into the perfect sandwich. There are so many options that it may lead to an obsessive urge to include everything. If you can't decide on one after five minutes then just ask for the "Shack Attack."edit
Thai Dishes, 707 S. Pacific Coast Hwy Redondo Beach, CA, ☎ (310) 316-6326. 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.. Best traditional Thai food in all of South Bay.$. edit
Tony's on the Pier, 210 Fishermans Wharf, ☎ (310) 374-1442, . Old Tony's is the original "Tony's" with great food & drinks. The atmosphere is a little more casual and not as quiet as Tony's Fish Market...ascend up the spiral staircase and gaze at the signed portaits of stars who have visited - then you have arrived at the Top o' Tony's - the unique hexagon bar - a fun place to watch the sunset and listen to some great guitar. ("Tony's Fish Market" - newer than "Old Tony's" - has closed and become a French-Japanese restaurant, which has apparently closed again.)edit
El Torito, 100 Fishermans Wharf Suite G, ☎ (310) 376-0547. An awesome Mexican restaurant located on the Redondo Beach Pier. This restaurant not only offers great drinks and food, but also has a fantastic ocean view from most seats.edit
Best Western Redondo Beach Galleria Inn, 2740 Artesia Boulevard, +1 310 370-4353, Toll-free: +1 800 233-8059, Fax: +1 310 793-7135, . Is within walking distance to Los Angeles shopping, dining and entertainment centers, including the famous South Bay Galleria Mall.
Best Western Redondo Beach Inn, 1850 South Pacific Coast Highway, 310-540-3700, . Right next to the Palos Verdes Inn, the only "budget" hotel accessible to PV. Also convenient to the Hollywood Riviera restaurants and shops and to the Torrance malls.
Best Western Sunrise at Redondo Beach Marina, 400 N Harbor Drive, +1 310 376-0746, Toll-free: +1 800 334-7384, Fax: +1 310 376-7384, .
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 300 N. Harbor Dr, +1 310 318-8888, .
Palos Verdes Inn, 1700 Pacific Coast Highway, 800-421-9241, . For Palos Verdes travel, this is the closest property to the Peninsula. Excellent restaurant.
The Portofino Hotel and Yacht Club, 260 Portofino Way,  located directly on the Pacific Ocean offering waterfront lodging accommodations including luxury suites and hotel rooms. 8,000 square feet of meeting facilities, banquet space, and a freestanding meeting pavilion.
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