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San Pedro

San Pedro
La ville portuaire la plus animée de Los Angeles est un paradis pour les amoureux de la mer et les amateurs de fruits de mer

À la pointe sud de la péninsule de Palos Verdes, entre Manhattan Beach et Long Beach, se trouve San Pedro, qui abrite le port le plus actif du pays : le Port de Los Angeles. Portant également le nom de « Port de l'Amérique », cette zone portuaire, qui se caractérise par des tonalités nautiques uniques, est bien plus qu'un simple carrefour de transports.

Commencez tout d'abord par découvrir la côte en empruntant gratuitement le San Pedro Downtown Trolley, qui vous permettra d'explorer les lieux en toute simplicité. Les destinations prisées le long de la route comprennent le Los Angeles Maritime Museum, qui abrite des centaines de bateaux, la plage Cabrillo Beach de 1,6 km de long, ainsi que le Cabrillo Marine Aquarium dessiné par Frank Gehry.

Voici deux autres lieux incontournables : le Battleship IOWA Museum, qui abrite le seul navire de guerre de la Côte ouest accessible au public, et le phare de Point Fermin de style victorien, qui surplombe les falaises et les sentiers de randonnée de Point Fermin Beach. En poursuivant votre chemin le long du trajet du tramway, faites une halte au San Pedro Fish Market & Restaurant pour déjeuner. Il s'agit ni plus ni moins du plus grand restaurant de fruits de mer de Californie. Pouvant accueillir près de 3 000 personnes, les clients viennent ici pour les célèbres plateaux de crevettes (un mont de crevettes, de pommes de terre et de légumes grillés, qui mérite de figurer sur Instagram) et la vue imprenable sur l'océan. Les autres haltes culinaires populaires comprennent Busy Bee, une épicerie fine où le pastrami, la saucisse italienne et les sandwichs au poulet façon barbecue ont beaucoup de succès, et The Chori-Man, où les plats à base de chorizo (notamment des burritos et des tacos pour le petit-déjeuner) font l'objet d'un véritable culte.

S'il est facile de trouver des attractions aquatiques et des fruits de mer à San Pedro, vous serez peut-être étonné(e) d'apprendre que cette ville côtière se caractérise également par un mélange éclectique d'art et de culture. L'événement First Thursday Art Walk, organisé dans le quartier des arts du centre-ville de San Pedro, compte plus de 40 galeries et studios ouverts, des douzaines de restaurants et de nombreux concerts de musique.

Les acheteurs s'émerveilleront à Crafted, un marché artisanal permanent situé dans un entrepôt des années 1940 du Port de Los Angeles, qui regroupe des objets de plus d'une centaine d'artistes et d'artisans indépendants. Vous y trouverez également des événements spéciaux et des camions-restaurants tous les jours.

Il existe un monument qui attire également les foules à San Pedro. Il s'agit de la Korean Bell of Friendship, située à Angels Gate Park. Cette cloche en bronze massif repose sur un monticule offrant l'une des meilleures vues de Los Angeles, vous permettant d'admirer le quai et Santa Catalina, l'une des îles des Channel Islands. La cloche est en soi un monument culturel historique : elle a été offerte par la Corée du Sud à la ville de Los Angeles pour célébrer le bicentenaire des États-Unis et honorer la mémoire des anciens combattants de la guerre de Corée. Si certains vous disent que le chant de la sirène de San Pedro retentit chaque jour, la Cloche de l'amitié, elle, sonne quatre fois par an.

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