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Redondo Beach

Coastal charm and surfer vibes define this relaxed oceanfront town in Southern California

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Nestled between Hermosa Beach to the north and Palos Verdes to the south is the seaside retreat of Redondo Beach. The burgeoning beach town in the South Bay of Los Angeles gained acclaim in the early 1900s when Oahu-born waterman George Freeth introduced Californians to the Polynesian art of surfing by riding the local waves. It inspired a laid-back surf culture that defines the city today, extending from the 1.5 miles of shoreline into the Riviera Village shopping district, where galleries, a farmers’ market and one-of-a-kind boutiques capture the unique spirit of Redondo Beach. Grab a board or your walking shoes and let your cares drift away while exploring this breezy community along the Southern California coast.

Head to the beach

Redondo Beach is home to California's only horseshoe-shaped pier and boardwalk with nearly 50 eateries, shops, and attractions. Among the must-visit storefronts are restaurants such as Tony’s on the Pier, which has been serving seafood and mai tais for more than six decades, and ticket offices for Redondo Beach Sportfishing & Whale Watch, which offers year-round cruises off the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

If you’re seeking on-the-water action, Redondo Beach has notable spots to catch a wave, or you can paddleboard through the calm waters of King Harbor. For a family-friendly aquatic excursion, head to Seaside Lagoon to find saltwater swimming from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. To explore aboard a chartered boat, sign up for a private lesson with South Bay Sailing.

BeachLife Festival

Dig your toes into the sand at May’s BeachLife Festival, an annual beach bash featuring a three-day lineup of more than 50 solo artists and bands. Past performers include Willie Nelson, Jane’s Addiction, Cage the Elephant, and a wide variety of other artists. The SideStage experience allows festivalgoers to book a seat by the main stage and enjoy a prix-fixe meal with wine pairings during the show.

Other activities in Redondo Beach

Inland exploration in Redondo Beach leads to Hopkins Wilderness Park, a sprawling green oasis with four ecological habitats. Hike deep into the forest, where the sounds of babbling streams replace the ocean soundtrack and three campgrounds host overnight visitors.

The city is also the South Bay’s hub for arts and culture, with the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center welcoming the Los Angeles Ballet and guests like Jay Leno and Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai through the Distinguished Speakers Series of Southern California.

Where to eat in Redondo Beach

Seafood in the South Bay is a must, and Redondo Beach doesn’t disappoint with Bluewater Grill, a relaxed waterfront restaurant in King Harbor. Kincaid’s Fish, Chops & Steaks serves up an on-the-pier fine dining experience, with oysters on the half-shell and chilled shrimp Louie. On the north side of town, Chart House is a swanky date-night spot where sunset views and vintage vibes complement a classic surf-and-turf menu.

If you need a seafood palate cleanser, Redondo Beach offers a diverse culinary scene with options like the colorful Kalaveras. The cantina in Catalina Village has a menu of traditional Mexican and Latin American dishes and drinks served with an urban twist, including the signature molcajete and a margarita flight.

Where to stay in Redondo Beach

Located less than 10 miles from Los Angeles International Airport, Redondo Beach is a convenient home base for travelers seeking seaside accommodations with a resort vibe. Book a stay at Redondo Beach Hotel, part of the Tapestry Collection by Hilton, to take advantage of marina views and modern amenities like on-site bike rentals. If you’re traveling with a four-legged friend, the Sonesta Redondo Beach & Marina rolls out the red carpet with a plush bed and treats for canine companions. Also pet-friendly, The Portofino Hotel & Marina maximizes its ocean views with floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies.

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