Redondo Beach boat rentals
At the heart of the South Bay, Redondo Beach, connects the southern California beach communities together. The waterfront is located in between Torrance and Hermosa, boasting 1.5 miles of sandy California Beach front. In addition to having its own pier, Redondo Beach is also the only South Bay beach community that has its own harbor, making it a central location for charters.
Redondo Beach Boat Rental Charter highlights
Redondo Beach yacht charters offer a one of a kind nautical Los Angeles experience. See some of the most iconic views of LA with a Marina del Rey boat rental that departs directly in the center of Marina del Rey.
The area of Redondo and Hermosa used to have beaches littered with gems brought inland by the storms. It was a great tourist attraction and locals loved it. Due to the introduction of the breakwater, the harbor, and dredging the gems are no longer found on the beaches, and today this park is a reminder of the gem named beaches that was once a norm in the area.
The Redondo Pier we know today was built in 1995 and is 70,000 square feet of concrete, sitting 25 feet above the sea. Officially known as the “Municipal Pier” It was built to last, as seven of its predecessors wasted away to the harsh storms brought on by the Pacifc Ocean.
Originally built in 1904, the first Hermosa pier was made from wood, but due to storm damage it was rebuilt in 1913 from concrete. From a private charter view you can see that the pier stands out 1,228 feet into the sea. Today the pier is owned by the municipality, who maintains its upkeep.
Malaga cove is a local favorite. From the charter you’ll see the Palos Verdes Beach & Athletic Club building nestled into the cliff. Originally a bathhouse that the Palos Verdes Project opened in the 1930’s. A decade later the property was incorporated by the city of Palos Verdes.
However, after a 1946 fire and time the building had come into serious disrepair and was no longer safe to use. So in 1988 a committee was established to bring the property back to the community and the The Palos Verdes Beach and Athletic Club Foundation, (a nonprofit organization), was born. The property is now only available for 630 members who pay between $8,000 - $18,000 to join, plus $190 in monthly dues. Today there is a wait list of 245 people who would like to join, with Palos Verdes residents having priority for membership.
The cove is also the home to the local surf spot known as Haggerty’s, which has been known to get over 8 feet waves in the winter. The beach is only accessible via a dirt path, but its rich waters also attract divers who want to explore the rich kelp beds.
A state historic landmark, the Manhattan pier was opened in the early 1920’s. It originally had a famous bath house underneath which provided beach rentals such as lockers, swimsuits, changing rooms, towels, and umbrellas. After the storm of 1913, the pier suffered major damage and in the re-design engineer A.L. Harris developed the concept of the circular end for less exposure and damage to the pilings by the waves. While the new end design was smart, in 1988 the pier again was ravaged by another storm and had to undergo restoration like many of the SoCal piers, but came back in its original glory and continues to be a highlight of the community. Popular for surfing and photo shoots alike.
Above the bay is the community of Palos Verdes, which has had a surfing culture since the 1930’s. Lunada Bay is a surfers’ dream for its massive winter waves. The spot however is famous because of the controversial locals who are territorial over the right to surf there. Known as the Lunada bay boys, they are widely considered a gang for their harmful tactics against non local surfers.
SS Dominator Shipwreck
In 1961, a freighter carrying over 10,000 tons of wheat and beef became shipwrecked after getting lost in the fog. Unaware of where they were, the ship became trapped by the tide in the rocky reefs of Palos Verdes coastline. While there have been attempts to move the ship in high tide or have it pulled out by the coast guard and tug boats, nothing has worked. So the ship has been sitting and eroding over time. During low tide it is sometimes possible to see pieces of the World War II freighter ship, but with each year fewer and fewer pieces remain.
Christmas Tree Cove
Another popular dive location Christmas Tree cove boasts a small but rich kelp forest and reef just beyond the cove. It's a great place to see lobsters, sponges, and local fish. The cove also marks the midway point between Palos Verdes Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes.
A rocky beach front that creates popular tide pools full of local tiny species, the Golden cove is also called Neptune cove by divers.
Point Vicente Lighthouse
It’s hard to miss the Point Vicente lighthouse which stands 67 feet tall on a 130 foot cliff. While prominent today, it took years of the seafaring community protests and shipwrecks, for the government to finally approve the lighthouse. Replacing a useless buoy, which was expected to protect the increasing number of vessels venturing south to pass through the newly opened Panama canal (1914).
Point Vicente on the Palos Verdes Peninsula was named for Father Vicente Santa Maria, who accompanied the English sea captain George Vancouver on one of his sailing missions along the West Coast around the turn of the 19th century.
Opened in 1926, the lighthouse has a 1,500-watt bulb that is magnified by Fresnel glass beacon lenses. Which was ground by hand by the oldest lens making company in the world in Paris in 1886. Its flashes come every 20 seconds and can be seen 20 miles out to sea in clear weather. The lighthouse is owned by the United States federal government and is managed by the United States Coast Guard.
The lighthouse also is famous for its local folklore about the woman who haunts it. Since the 1940’s visitors swear that a woman in flowing dress can be seen at night.
Perhaps the surrounding turquoise water, reminiscent of a paradise you visit on a honeymoon, is the namesake of this little cove. It is definitely one of the draws for scuba divers and snorkelers. Thanks to the Palos Verdes Kelp Forest Restoration Project this area is rich in wildlife. The cove is only accessible on foot via steep rocky paths, but from the sea you can escape to paradise of your own, looking at the beautiful cliffscape.
Redondo Beach History
Redondo first recorded ownership was in 1784, when the Mexican government granted it to Juan Jose, as a reward for military service. The land was passed down through the generations and by the 1900’s they eventually began to sell pieces of it to enthusiastic entrepreneurs.
Starting with Henry Johnson, who they sold the salt lake to in 1854, creating Redondo's first industry. Then in 1888 Captain J. C. Ainsworth and R. R. Thompson’s bought land originally planned to be real estate to build a port, because of Redondo’s ideal deep water canyon located close to shore. A railway quickly followed, bringing wealth to the area. A grand hotel was also built called Hotel Redondo, turning the sea side village into the place to be. As the city grew, the dislike for the “look” of the industrial lumber industry that built it began the end of Redondo as a crucial harbor and city of industry and instead the city grew to become a hub for tourism and general stores.
Things to do Around Redondo Beach
Stroll the Redondo Beach Pier
Built in the 19th century the Redondo pier continues to be a highlight for locals and tourists alike. A plethora of restaurants, shops, regular activities,and live music make it a fun place to explore and be. So take a stroll and grab a bite as the locals do.
Bike the strand
Right at the front of the harbor is a bike rental shop and within a few short minutes you can be on the beach. You have the option to cruise south towards Torrance beach or head north and go up the Hermosa & Manhattan beach strand.
Stroll the Riviera Village
Walk along a “village center” like environment and enjoy the local independent shops and restaurants. Named after the Hollywood Riviera, which was a neighboring housing community from the 1930’s that wanted the area to mirror the French riviera. Today the community oozes an amazing local beach atmosphere and is full of great finds. It is only a short 10 minute drive from the private charter departure destination.
Lay out on the beach
On both sides of the harbor are beautiful beaches to layout. Bring a towel and any beach toys you could desire and keep the fun going by relaxing on the beach. With white sand beaches and great weather year round it's guaranteed to be a great time.
Redondo Beach eateries nearby charter pickups
All Los Angeles Yacht Charter pickup / drop locations are conveniently located in city centers. For Marina del Rey yacht rentals it's possible to find eateries that meet the needs of all types of palates. From fine dining to cheap eats, there are more eateries to choose from then you could ever imagine. Guests are always welcome to bring their preferred meals on board their Marina del Rey boat rentals or to make a reservation before or after the charter.
Captain Kidd's Fish Market and Restaurant
When locals are looking for delicious fresh seafood in a casual setting they head over to Captain Kidd’s. Eating here means that everyone in the party can order based on their true seafood preferences. It’s possible to order off the menu specials, pick your seafood from the tank and have it steamed, or pick out the piece of seafood you want and customize it.
Evelyn Overton took a chance after children were raised and started her own LA dessert empire that is now a chain bigger than she could ever imagine. A local favorite, the Cheesecake Factory, can accommodate all diets and cuisine preferences. Located just a few minutes from the charter departure location, the Redondo cheesecake factory has great inside and outside views over the harbor.
Joe’s Crab shack
Hidden away in the corner of the marina is Joe’s Crab Shack. If you're looking for informal fun and lots of seafood this is the place to be. Restaurant favorites include crab buckets, stuffed shrimp, and American comfort dishes like mac and cheese.
Enjoy a favorite 1940’s Americana diner that overlooks the local children's makeshift play area, seaside lagoon. Delicious, large portions, Ruby’s is a classic meeting point for locals. Don’t forget to get one of their perfect milkshakes!
Blue Water Grill
Enjoy upscale casual California cuisine, overlooking the water in a private dining room or on the patio. The Blue Water Grill is known for serving fresh and sustainably caught seafood dishes accompanied with the option of locally made beers, named after the famous local fishing spots. It's a meal guaranteed to make your nautical experience complete.
Looking for an upscale harbor dining experience? Look no further. Named “One of the Top 10 Best Restaurants for Waterside Dining in LA” by Zagat, BaleenKitchen offers California cuisine in an elegant dinner environment.
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