San Pedro - A Whale of a Town


American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial

Angel's Gate Lighthouse

Angel's Gate Recreation Center

The Arcade Building

Assistance League of San Pedro Post Office

Averill Park

Banning Residence Museum

(Old) Beacon Street Fountain

Bogdanovich Park

Cabrillo Beach

Cabrillo Beach Bathhouse

Cabrillo Marina

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Danish Castle

Dodson House

Drum Barracks Civil War Museum

Fireboat #2

Fishing Industry Memorial

Fishermen's Wharf

Fort MacArthur

Fort MacArthur Military Museum

Friendship Park

Harbor View House

Harbor View Cemetery

Korean Bell

Maritime Museum

Marine Mammal Care Center

Muller House Museum

Old St. Peter's Episcopal Church

Old San Pedro

Peck House

Point Fermin Lighthouse

Point Fermin Park

Point Vicente Interpretive Center

Point Vicente Lighthouse

Ports O' Call Village

Post Office

Royal Palms State Beach

SS Lane Victory

South Coast Botanic Garden


The Trolley

22nd Street Landing

U.S.S. Los Angeles Naval Memorial

Vincent Thomas Bridge

Warner Grand Theatre

Wayfarers Chapel

Worldport LA


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Cabrillo Beach Cabrillo Beach
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Walk along the gentle and quiet beach front and experience breathtaking views of the ocean sea, dotted with the silhouettes of wind surfers against the backdrop of massive container-laden cargo ships. Beyond, the familiar outline of Santa Catalina Island at its closest point to the Southern California shore. Mile-long Cabrillo Beach is popular for swimming, surfing, scuba diving and volleyball. Take a wind surfing lesson. Walk to the end of the fishing pier that parallels the breakwater, and ask the locals what's running. Or bring your gear along and join them. Picnic tables, a snack bar and a playground are available. As whale-watching season nears its end, grunion season begins. Twice a month, like clockwork, these silvery fish emerge from the water at Cabrillo Beach to lay their eggs in the sand under a full or new moon. During part of the season it's legal to catch them, but by hand only! It's fun as a spectator sport, too, watching crowds of people with flashlights trying to catch these slippery fish.

Parking is available at Cabrillo Beach. The parking lot opens at 5:30 AM and closes at 10:30 PM. Parking is free for the first 20 minutes and then is $1.00/hr to a maximum of $9.00 per day. Payment is made in cash.

Cabrillo Beach has a paved boat launch ramp. The boat lauch ramp is best reached from Shoshonean Road off Via Cabrillo Marina. The boat launch ramp and parking lot open at 5:30 AM and closes at 10:30 PM. Parking is $2.00/hr for vehicle and boat trailer to a maximum of $15.00 per day. There is no extra charge for the boat launch ramp. Vehicles with a boat trailer attached may be left over night or for several days at $15.00 per day. Vehicles without a boat trailer attach cannot be left over night and may be towed if left past 10 PM. Payment is made in cash.

Cabrillo Beach is actually two beaches: one outside the breakwater with ocean surf, and the other within the harbor, gentle and quite perfect for families with children. You can access the pier from the beach entrance to take advantage of the great fishing or just for a relaxing stroll in the sea air and a different and dramatic look back at the coast. Nearby, situated in a costal park is the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.

Cabrillo Beach
3720 Stephen M White Drive
San Pedro, CA 90731

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