Surfing, sailing, sea life – it’s all in one convenient beachside location.
In Redondo Beach, life revolves around the pier, boardwalk and marina. No wonder the locals think of this place as “LA’s Ocean Adventure Capital.” After spending a day in the water, take a short stroll to Riviera Village to explore shops, spas and restaurants. Round out your vacation at Hopkins Wilderness Park, a hidden gem less than three kilometers from the pier.
Stand-Up Paddleboarding Whale Tours
You’ve probably heard of stand-up paddleboarding (SUP); it’s one of the hottest water sports today. Around the pier, you’ll find outfitters offering lessons that include all of the equipment you need.
If you’re an experienced paddleboarder, why not try something different – yoga SUP, anyone? Or, imagine paddling within the splash zone of a whale. From roughly December through May, you can get within 50 meters of these majestic creatures on a guided SUP whale tour.
Pet a shark, bat ray, sea star and more at SEA Lab, a hands-on educational marine lab just north of the marina. Head out to sea and learn more about local marine life on a harbor boat tour. And experience Mother Nature’s aquarium aboard the Looking Glass, a semi-submarine with two large viewing windows under deck.
Certified divers will enjoy a dive at Veterans Park, a popular shore dive spot just south of the pier with convenient facilities including easy entry/exit and nearby dive shops. Be on the lookout for mating squid (in season), bat rays, sharks, sea lions and crabs.
It’s the quintessential California activity: surfing! If you’re a novice, book a lesson with an experienced teacher who will show you the basics of the sport, followed by board time in the water. The first time you catch a wave will be a moment you’ll never forget.
From roughly December to May, narrated whale-watching tours give you a chance to view gray whales, humpbacks, sperm whales and other visitors such as dolphins and sea lions. With any luck, you’ll go home with some amazing photos to share with your friends.
Rent your own boat or learn to sail from an expert at the Redondo Beach Marina. If you prefer to leave the navigating to the professionals, book a daytime cruise or scenic sunset sail and enjoy the view from the water.
Even landlubbers will have plenty to enjoy in Redondo Beach. Hang out on the pier and you’ll spot pelicans, shorebirds, dolphins, sea lions and even whales – a perfect photo opportunity while you stay on dry land.
It’s not a water sport, but biking is a popular activity due to the beautiful scenery and fantastic weather year-round. A 35-kilometer bike path called The Strand extends from just south of Redondo Beach past Santa Monica to the north. Enjoy endless beach views and plenty of shops, restaurants and amenities along the way.
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is only 11 kilometers from Redondo Beach. Many global and national airlines fly direct to Los Angeles.
Where to Stay
Hilton Garden Inn Los Angeles Redondo Beach, 2410 Marine Ave., Redondo Beach, is less than seven kilometers from Los Angeles International Airport. And, it’s just minutes from the beach. It includes amenities like a heated outdoor pool, fitness center, on-site restaurant, free Wi-Fi and stylish guest rooms.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Los Angeles Redondo Beach, 2430 Marine Ave., Redondo Beach, is a pet-friendly hotel about eight kilometers from Los Angeles International Airport. Minutes from the beach, the all-suite hotel offers rooms with full kitchens and free Wi-Fi. Amenities include an outdoor pool, fitness center, complimentary breakfast and evening social.
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