South Bay (Los Angeles County)
The South Bay region of Los Angeles County in Southern California has many of the fine beaches of its neighboring areas on the West Side, with a wide variety of atmospheres, from high-end and yuppified to still-expensive beach raffish.
Palos Verdes Peninsula
Los Angeles Harbor
The South Bay area is one of the most culturally and economically diverse areas in the entire country. Beat-up old cars drive next to shiny new Porsches on the street. African and Asian American people go together to a Japanese restaurant run by Koreans! Hermosa and Manhattan Beach, and the cities on the Palos Verdes Peninsula are amongst the wealthiest cities in the country.
Los Angeles Intl. Airport (IATA: LAX)
The main air transport hub for Southern California.
Traveling by car is usually the safest and most efficient way to get around the region. The exception is during rush hour when most roads and freeways are clogged with traffic.
The regions biggest streets are
Municipal Bus Lines
Most cities in the South Bay have their own bus service as well as county and specialty lines.
Manhattan and Hermosa Beaches both have small, intimate downtown areas within sight of their piers with upscale bars, restaurants, shopping, and very little parking. Redondo Beach has it's own harbor and a much bigger pier comparable in size to the one in Santa Monica, minus the rides. Drive through the scenic Palos Verdes Dr. on the Palos Verdes Peninsula cliffs facing the ocean. You won't even think you are close to the city!
Many clubs, bars,and lounges can be found in Hermosa and Manhattan Beach.
The local weekly newspapers Easy Reader  and Beach Reporter  cover the South Bay. Each has event listings. Easy Reader tends to be more "in your face" in its style, Beach Reporter more "home-town booster." The Torrance-based Daily Breeze  is for you if you want state-wide and national news along with the South Bay focus. The most popular online resource for locals and visitors is SouthBayEvents.com 
Most of the region is pretty safe provided you practice common sense especially when out at night. The places you may need to keep an eye out in are the inland cities like Hawthorne, Lawndale, Carson, or Lomita. There are many poor who reside in this region so it's not uncommon to see homeless or down-on-their-luck people ask you for money at gas stations or grocery store. These people are almost never a threat and if you refuse, they will bid you farewell and move on to the next passer-by.
The region has a large industrial sector and is home to many power plants, refineries and factories. Hot days tend to keep the pollution in, so air quality may sometimes be bad.