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Redondo Beach [1] is in the South Bay of Los Angeles County in California.

Understand[edit]

Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, 200 N. Pacific Coast Highway, (310) 376-6911. An ideal Southern California vacation spot, Redondo Beach has something for everyone: unique shops and restaurants, sport fishing and a great seafront esplanade. *California Vacations. Due to the prevailing wind direction, the air is cleaner than many other places in Los Angeles County, and the temperature much cooler.

Get in[edit]

Nine miles from Los Angles International Airport. Drive South on Sepulveda Blvd. which changes its name to Pacific Coast Highway. Take PCH (US-1, Pacific Coast Highway) South, through El Segundo, Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach.

If you're using public transportation, take the MTA bus # 232 also southbound on Sepulveda Blvd, and get off at Avenue I to be near the Riviera mentioned below. If you prefer the train, you can take the Metro Green Line to Redondo Beach Station. Enjoy a nice drink, walk on the beach, and take public transit back to LAX.

Get around[edit]

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Hopkins Wilderness Park[edit]

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.

The Pier[edit]

Riviera Village[edit]

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.

Run the steps (all 72 of them) at Avenue C on the Esplanade. The view is impressive and you'll have plenty of company from sun-up to sun-down. Watch dolphins playing in the waves just off shore.

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On hot dry days in Los Angeles, the beach area has amazingly cool and clean air, and is less crowded than the beaches between Santa Monica and Malibu.

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)

Several miles further south is Riviera Village, a charming little shopping and eating district. 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.

Between the above 2 locations along the Esplanade (street) offers great ocean views and access to a superb stretch of beach.

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Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Kinkaids
  • Charthouse
  • Fatburger
  • Rinaldi's: 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."
  • La Salsa
  • Chez Melange
  • Chicago Rios
  • CJ's Pantry
  • Mexican Riviera
  • Good Stuff in Riviera Village. Simply great food.
  • Dolce Vita - an excellent Italian cafe that serves breakfast and lunch. The deli has an excellent selection. In Riviera Village.
  • Yellow Vase Cafe - get a latte, or a great lunch, and flowers for your honey all at the same time. Quite stylish with great owners.
  • Creme de la Crepe - right next door to Dolce Vita in Riviera Village. Everything French. Book ahead because it's a small place with fantastic food.
  • Captain Kidd's Fish Market
  • El Torrito: 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.
  • Rice Things - in North Redondo on Artesia. Arguably the finest sushi for the cheapest price in the South Bay. Try the combination sushi dinners for $10.
  • 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.)
  • on the Riviera, only Sacks [2] has a direct view of the ocean.
  • 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


Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Hennessey's
  • Bull Pen
  • H.T. Grill
  • Redondo Beach Brewing Company
  • Ortega 120: Dangerously good 120 margarita makes a good starter for the night

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Best Western Redondo Beach Galleria Inn, 2740 Artesia Boulevard, +1 310 370-4353, Toll-free: +1 800 233-8059, Fax: +1 310 793-7135, [3]. 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, [4]. 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, [5][6].
  • Crowne Plaza Hotel, 300 N. Harbor Dr, +1 310 318-8888, [7].
  • Palos Verdes Inn, 1700 Pacific Coast Highway, 800-421-9241, [8]. For Palos Verdes travel, this is the closest property to the Peninsula. Excellent restaurant.
  • The Portofino Hotel and Yacht Club, 260 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach hotel 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.

Get out[edit]

Only minutes away are Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, South Bay and the city of Torrance. Palos Verdes Drive West begins at the South end of Redondo and is a lovely scenic drive (about 10 miles long) along the Coast and through the beautiful Palos Verdes residential neighborhoods.


Routes through Redondo Beach
Santa MonicaHermosa Beach  N noframe S  TorranceLong Beach




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