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Cabrillo Beach, Los Angeles

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Cabrillo Beach is a historic beach located in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California. It is named after Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, a Portuguese explorer who was the first to sail up the California coast. Cabrillo has two separate beach areas.HistoryCabrillo Beach is a historic beach situated within the small coastal community of San Pedro. Cabrillo Beach is named after Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, who was the first European to sail along the coast of California. The city of San Pedro was in consideration of being the host of a major port in Southern California. After much deliberation, the federal government selected San Pedro. Construction of the San Pedro Breakwater began in 1899 for the purpose of protecting San Pedro Bay and the new, major port. Rrocks from Catalina Island, 25.1 miles away from the coast of San Pedro, wereoriginally used in the construction of the breakwate. However, due to many problems and set-backs, rocks from Chatsworth, California were transported to San Pedro for the construction of the breakwater. Some of the rocks used weighed about 6,000 to 16,000 pounds. In 1913, Angel’s Gate Lighthouse was built at the end of the breakwater, which was, and still is today, the main entrance to the Port of Los Angeles.
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  • Very much a locals hang out park or picnic gathering. The water is not great, I did not swim in it. The beach was ok to catch a few rays. Good play area for the kids.  more »
  • We stayed in San Pedro for an event and were under the impression that it was a pretty industrial area (which usually means ugly and dirty). We decided to have a post-breakfast walk to the sea front b...  more »
  • Hi, Wouldn't recommend this beach at all for sunbathing or swimming as both the sand and water are not clean. Additionally as a warning to people with little kids who might play in the shallow water, ...  more »
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  • The side of Cabrillo Beach where the bath house is is perfect for bonfires, though it may at times get extremely crowded, and when that happens, there may be more trash littered around the area. Additionally, I have seen some shady figures hanging out around the area the last few times I've been here, so I would stay aware of my surroundings.
  • The beach is adjacent to the aquarium, which was i main purpose of being there the beach was clean and quiet. The sunset was spectacular .
  • I love this beach, is so different and beautiful. You are able to see little fishes between the rocks.
  • Cabrillo Beach is a popular destination for water sports in San Pedro which is at the southern part of Palos Verdes Peninsula. The Port of Los Angeles a major seaport is also partially within San Pedro which was formerly a separate city but joined Los Angeles in 1909. There are many places to visit in San Pedro and while with friends in LA we visited a few interesting areas along the beach and the ocean.
  • This place is perfect for a fire

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