Embracing a laidback seaport lifestyle, San Pedro is a fantastic alternative to the glitz and glamour of central LA. The pint-sized town is perched on a small peninsula in south Los Angeles, which gives it a wonderfully isolated feel. It serves up bucket loads of seaside charm, plus stunning sunsets to match.
The simple life is the order of the day in San Pedro. Besides strolling down the beach, simply picking up supplies at a corner store, unwinding at a cute café or rehydrating at a local lemonade stand is a great way to pass the time. During the summer, San Pedro throws a legendary lobster festival.
From LAX San Pedro is just 30-minutes by car, with the 110 freeway just minutes from the town centre. It’s also relatively close to major LA attractions, with Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach and the Hollywood Walk of Fame all under a 45-minute drive. Once in the neighbourhood, leisurely cycling, skateboarding, rollerblading or simply strolling along the high street is the local transport method of choice.
San Pedro’s maritime roots run deep, with Spanish ships using it as a port since the 1540s. The LA Maritime Museum is an excellent way to explore the community’s seafaring culture and learn more about its roles over the centuries, from a commercial fishing industry hub to the home port of the United States Navy Battle Fleet.