Redondo Beach Pier, Redondo Beach

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Stretching out over the Pacific Ocean, Redondo Beach Pier offers a wealth of dining, shopping, and entertainment options. You can play arcade games, ride the tilt-a-whirl, and watch anglers reel in their catch before stopping for refreshments. Many of the pier's restaurants boast ocean views, so grab a seat by the window. Those who want to experience a taste of Old California should consider Tony's on the Pier or El Torito, both Redondo institutions that have been serving customers here for many decades. With our world travel planner, Redondo Beach attractions like Redondo Beach Pier can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Pier has a good mixture of shops and eateries. My children enjoy the gelato ice cream and playing on the beach. Great place to walk or jog on the strand. Early morning is not too crowded. You can park...  more »
  • Redondo Pier is not for everybody.. It is very old school and very diverse in cultures. It is a true fishermans pier with great food stops, not very expensive, but good variety. Quality Seafood downst...  more »
  • Nice place to spend a few hours. Lot's of eating establishments and some shops also with the usual tourist stuff  more »
  • The beach is awesome with convenient parking and restrooms. It's so relaxing watching the boats come into harbor. Only downside is the tiny tar balls that stick to your feet and legs sometimes if you go in the water, but no big deal. Lots of great shops on the pier and restaurants. Very cool lower deck for fishing with a bait shop next to it. Fresh seafood, bars, hot dogs, live music, this place has everything.
  • This pier has a lot of cute shops and dessert places (a little pricey though). There are also a few decent restaurants here like El Torito and Charlie's place. I like both of them. On the other side of the parking lot, there is a great little sushi place that I also really like. There is also an underground arcade that is extremely old but still a fun little surprise when you walk by it. There is also a glass bottom boat (rides $15 for adults, $10 for kids) and some other rental places for paddle boarding and such. Overall I love this beach because it's a family tradition for us to come here.
  • One of the saddest (non-tragedy) days of my life began with a pleasant drive through the South Bay area with an old friend, when suddenly we spotted a pillar of dense smoke to the west. Following an overwhelming urge (what young man can resist a fire that he himself did not set?), we let the smoke lead us to the beach, where we watched the old Redondo Beach Pier burn to cinders. I had spent many a teen day cruising that pier, and as far as I knew, it was gone forever. Not so! I moved to Northern California shortly after that, but when I moved back to LA ten years later I discovered--much to my delight--that the pier was back and open for business. Lesson learned: they constructed the new parts of the pier from concrete instead of timbers coated with highly flammable creosote; smart thinking... decades too late. The pier is actually a bit larger, but most of what was still remains, including Tony's, where you can have a decent seafood meal for too much money. Personally, I would find the pizza joint--if it's still open (they were threatening to close down a while ago); the pizza isn't great, but it's about the same caliber as Tony's for a couple dozen dollars less. Like so many places in LA, this pier is a great place for people watching throughout the summer, and on any weekend all year long. From the outer reaches, you can occasionally spot migrating whales or dolphins frolicking in the waves. However, you're apt to find fishermen there almost always, and when a school of mackerel passes by, it's a jolly good time watching them hoist the fish up by the bucketful. Be sure you walk around to the north side of the pier and go down the ramp to the nether regions of the pier. You can dump your kids at the giant arcade if you're made out of money (they'll each need at least $40 to keep them occupied for more than 30 minutes) and stop for oysters in the half shell and whole steamed crabs at the--again overpriced--Quality Seafood Market across from the arcade. It's worth it, though, because what's more fun than whacking a dead crab with a wooden mallet? After lunch, you'll find several touristy shops, an ice cream parlor and a bar or two for those who need a couple stiff drinks before collecting the half-crazed and overly stimulated kids. Parking is costly, though less than you'd spend at the Santa Monica Pier; but if you're in luck, you'll find a street spot not too far away, or if you arrive early enough, you can park at one of the metered spots in Veteran's Park.
  • Hands down the most relaxing, uncrowded beach around. It does not have tourists, has a bunch of family owned restaurants and has amazing views. I recommend you go get a churro (there's a small shop right as you enter the pier) and walk the entire pier with a friend. You'll find yourself enjoying the experience.
  • This is not the nicest place, but there is lots to do here. You can go fishing off the dock, you can enjoy the arcade, you can enjoy tons of different food options, go shopping. Or just walk around the piers and people-watch. My daughter and I even rented a paddle boat to go check out the sea lions in the little Inlet. The parking garage is very large, but I imagine it's pretty busy here in the summer time and it probably fills up.

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