San Pedro, California is a little beach town in a big city.
This South Bay city sits at the southern end of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and has a population of around 80,000. Covering only an estimated 12 square miles, it’s the type of place where everyone knows everybody else. Literally, you could drive from one end of San Pedro to the other in fifteen to twenty minutes, however that means missing out on all the cool things that San Pedro has to offer around every corner.
History of San Pedro
According to legend, Tongva-Gabrieleño Native Americans blessed the San Pedro Peninsula several thousand years ago creating the most beautiful land on Earth. European explorer Juan Cabrillo made a voyage to San Pedro in 1542 and is the first known to write about the area.
Since then, San Pedro has drawn so many different people to it for so many different reasons. Spanish Smugglers, Ranchers, Fisherman, the War Department and Immigrants from so many different European Countries have all called San Pedro home. These roots run deep in the community and San Pedro is very culturally diverse. It can be seen today in the seemingly eclectic collection of restaurants in the city, the various types of arts presented and the myriad of significant historical sites representing different aspects of San Pedro’s history.
What Makes San Pedro Unique?
San Pedro is a place where artisans gather and the arts are celebrated. Not only is art showcased in theaters, galleries, warehouses, schools and even in the park, but artists are known for sharing their crafts with others. Artisans frequently open their studios and give demonstrations on how to create their work. Classes are offered to fit every interest, including dancing, writing, music and performing arts. It makes San Pedro a special place to explore and an amazing, vibrant place to live.
Things to Do
With the sun shining almost all year round there is no shortage of ways to bask in it. Stroll, walk, jog or hike through a nature preserve, down the pier or along the ocean. Bring your binoculars to observe the plethora of birds, butterflies and wildlife. San Pedro has the most amazing locations to take photographs. It’s always fun to splash around at the beach or explore the tide pools and step into the Aquarium while you are there. Kids love to play at the many parks San Pedro has or to visit one of the nature centers. To enjoy some culture you could visit Historical sites like the Fort MacArthur Museum, Marine Time Museum, Korean Bell, and Point Fermin Lighthouse.
After being busy doing all the things this little beach town has to offer, I’m sure you will be famished. Good thing San Pedro has so many amazing restaurants. Whether you are looking for romantic scenic ocean views, live local musical talent, handcrafted beers, or a place to hang out and watch the game, San Pedro has something for everyone. Cuisine is just as varied as atmosphere offering Lebanese, Moroccan, Chinese, Italian, Thai, Irish and Greek restaurants. From picking your own fresh lobster, crab or fish, to being seated on pillows and enjoying a Moroccan dancing show with dinner, San Pedro is a place to really enjoy both atmosphere and mouthwatering food.