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South Bay (Los Angeles County)

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The South Bay is a region of Los Angeles County in Southern California. It is bordered on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean, to the north by the Imperial Fwy., and to the east by the Long Beach Fwy.

Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°F) 66 66 67 70 71 74 77 78 78 75 70 65
Nightly lows (°F) 46 48 49 51 55 58 61 62 61 56 50 46
Precipitation (in) 3.27 3.78 2.2 0.75 0.24 0.08 0.04 0.04 0.16 0.63 1.18 2.09

Climograph based on Torrance.




Torrance, Hawthorne, Carson, Gardena, Lawndale, Lomita

  • The inner area of the region is a vast suburban and industrial area built in large part in the 1950s and '60s. It has amongst the highest ethnic and economic diversity in the United States.


Redondo Beach, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach

  • The famous Southern California beaches are a hugely popular tourist destination in the summer. Small, intimate downtown streets become vibrant hangouts ofter dark. Parking is often a hassle.

Palos Verdes Peninsula[edit]

Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates

  • The beautiful hills of the southwest corner of the region face the Pacific Ocean. Carefully planned to avoid overdevelopment and maintain a rural feel, this area is home to many wealthy and their mansions.

Los Angeles Harbor[edit]

San Pedro, Wilmington

  • The city of Los Angeles cuts its way through the region on its way to the port.


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.

Get in[edit]

Los Angeles Intl. Airport (IATA: LAX)[edit]

The main air transport hub for Southern California.

Major Routes[edit]

  • Pacific Coast Highway or simply PCH, CA-1.png is Sepulveda Blvd. starting in Redondo Beach going north. It runs all the way through the region.


  • The Gardena Freeway CA-91.svg ends as a freeway in Gardena but continues on as a side street through to the beach.
  • The San Diego Freeway I-405.png is the main route into and through the region.
  • The Harbor Freeway I-110.png runs through the western part of the region ending at the LA harbor.
  • The Century Freeway I-105.png runs along the northern edge of the region ending at Los Angeles Intl. Airport.
  • The Long Beach Freeway I-710.png runs along the eastern edge of the region ending at the Long Beach Harbor.

LA Metro System[edit]

  • The Metro Green Line is a rail that runs inside the 105 freeway, from Norwalk to Los Angles Intl. Airport, then swings south into El Segundo.
  • The Metro Silver Line is a limited stop bus route that runs on the 110 freeway going into Downtown Los Angeles.
  • Many Metro Local lines serve the entire region.

Get around[edit]

By Car[edit]

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

  • North/ South: Hawthorne Blvd. CA-107.png, Western Blvd. CA-213.png, Alameda Ave. CA-47.png, Vermont Ave., and Wilmington St.
  • East/ West: Artesia Blvd. CA-91.svg, Sepulvda Blvd., Redondo Beach Blvd., Rosecrans Ave., and El Segundo Blvd.

Municipal Bus Lines[edit]

Most cities in the South Bay have their own bus service as well as county and specialty lines.

See[edit][add listing]

  • The beaches are a big draw for people who want to experience the famous Southern California beach lifestyle. Redondo, Hermosa, and Manhattan Beach each have their own piers.
  • The Palos Verdes Peninsula, though not advertised as well, are a beautiful, forested, semi rural set of small mountains that make up the southwest corner of the region. The area is home to many rich and famous people and their extraordinary seaside mansions.
  • SpaceX, famous for building private spacecraft has it's headquarters in Hawthorne.
  • Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems is in Redondo Beach helps develop aircraft and weapons for the US Dept. of Defense.

Do[edit][add listing]

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!

  • The Del Amo Fashion Center is one of the biggest malls around and is undergoing a major renovation. The South Bay Galleria is also a huge, three-story shopping mall with it's own movie theater.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Culturally diverse cities like Gardena and Torrance are fun places to go eat. There are many Asian-food restaurants and cafes serving iced milk tea.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Many upscale clubs, bars, and lounges can be found in downtown Hermosa and Manhattan Beach.

Sleep[edit][add listing]



The local weekly newspapers Easy Reader [2] and Beach Reporter [3] 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 [4] 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 [5]

Stay safe[edit]

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.

Get out[edit]

Los Angeles County[edit]

Orange County[edit]

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