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A Quick Visitors Guide to Redondo Beach
By Nancy Kinley

In the midst of Los Angeles County’s west side, Redondo Beach sets itself apart from the masses of southern California beaches in many ways while still reflecting the best of the laid-back lifestyle for which the area is legendary. Close to so many amusement parks and museums, Redondo Beach is certain to have something enjoyable for everyone.

Redondo Beach has been referred to many times as having “one of the most romantic sunset watching places in the entire world”- the Seafront Esplanade. The city that once was one of the busiest commercial ports in southern California now is home to a pleasure pier, lined with quaint, unique shops and restaurants and a sport fishing fleet. Don’t forget about the marinas, for what would a southern Cali beach destination be without them!

Throughout the year, Redondo Beach plays host to a number of festivals and shows, including the “Summer Pier Concert Series”, a collection of free summer concerts right on the pier featuring various pop, rock, blues, modern, jazz artists from around the country all summer long and ending on Labor Day. And if that’s not enough music for you, be sure to check out the “Summer Concert Series” located at the Esplanade at Torrance Blvd.

The variety of Redondo Beach festivals goes unmatched throughout the entire world. From the “Artists by the Sea”- a vivacious display of local artists displaying their craft along the boardwalk, to the 2006 Surf Festival, as Redondo Beach is the home of modern surfing, to the Kite and Lobster Festivals. Remember to glance though the annual Chalk Art Festival, where artists from every walk of life gather and create “SEA LIFE” drawings with chalk on the pavement. Groups, teams and individuals are asked to share their talents in recognition of memories, hopes, aspirations and preservation of clean, healthy waters for the future.

If you’ve packed your pooches to accompany you to Redondo Beach, you’ll be pleased to know that Fido will not be neglected. Dominguez Park is also known as the “Dog Park”, complete with a wide open running space for larger dogs, and a smaller, enclosed area for smaller canines known as “Puppy Place”.

On an historic note, the Hollywood Riviera, or “The Village” as it is referred to by locals, was originally bought by a developer in hopes of creating the ideal Hollywood background. A few movie producers followed suit and a few movies were made here in the 1930’s. Those particular illusions faded, but café bistros, art galleries, quaint shoppes and restaurants materialized instead. Now, you can head pass the village in search of that perfect espresso and dessert, swim suit to flaunt at the beach, or maybe that antiquity of extraordinary interest to treasure as a remembrance of your trip to Redondo Beach.

Nancy Kinley recommends that you visit for more information on Redondo Beach.

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