Los Angeles’ Redondo Beach, over the years, has been through various phases. It was inhabited by certain Native Americans for a while, and then it became an oil and lumber trade center. Eventually, it was fashioned into a resort town as we see it today. Redondo Beach is the southernmost of LA County’s 3 beach cities, along with Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach. It was originally part of a 1784 land grant area called Rancho San Pedro. The city soon became popular for trade and remained so till the Harbor of San Pedro was built in the late 1800s. By 1890, the city opened Hotel Redondo to cater to the increasing influx of tourists and soon became a resort town.
Redondo Beach City Boundaries
The territory of the city has an unusual shape with a part of its area lying along the beach. This part, called South Redondo, is bordered by Hermosa Beach to the north, Palos Verdes to the south, and Torrance to the east. The other portion is a strip of land inland, called North Redondo that is bordered by Manhattan and Hermosa Beach to the west, Torrance to the south, Lawndale to the east, and Hawthorne to the north.
What’s Unique About Redondo Beach?
Even though it is a resort town, Redondo also has other features such as fishing piers, fine dining restaurants, amusements, a beautiful harbor, and a saltwater lagoon. It is also home to a few of the most innovative and finest schools in the state of California. Both small-scale and large-scale businesses have flourished in the city. Also, the city’s services are among the best offered in the South Bay region.
Redondo Beach Shopping
There are wide array of options for those looking for a bit of retail therapy. The coastal community has a lot of nationally known as well as locally owned stores that will meet all your shopping needs. There are also shops on the pier in Redondo Beach that allow you to shop to your heart’s content on a modest budget. Places such as South Bay Galleria, Riviera Village, and Del Amo Fashion Center are also just a short drive away.
Redondo Beach Restaurants
Redondo Beach has an excellent array of restaurants that cater to the different tastes of both residents and tourists. The restaurants serve various cuisines ranging from American, British, and Italian to Indian, African, Belgian, Caribbean, Mediterranean, and Asian.
Activities Around Redondo Beach
One of the most obvious activities in Redondo is to hit the beach just south of the pier and go for a swim. It is controlled by lifeguards on duty and provides a safe area for family outings. Another attraction is visiting the pier. This U-shaped structure is famous for fishing and there’s a chance you could reel one in with some rented equipment, or watch someone do so. The pier has a few fast-food stands, restaurants, and souvenir shops. You could also take a bicycle for rent and visit the area, including the Hollywood Riviera, which has 6 blocks of eateries, shops, and salons that resemble the south of France.
Redondo Beach Entertainment
Redondo Beach also has many bars, pubs, dive clubs, dance clubs, and lounges to keep you entertained all night long.