San Pedro Travel Guide

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When tourists think about destinations near Los Angeles to set up shop or visit, Hollywood might be near the top of the list. Santa Monica, Venice and Malibu, of course, count as well for those interested in beaches. San Pedro does not often show up on the list.

However, located at the southern tip of Los Angeles, where the 110 freeway runs into the Pacific Ocean, San Pedro has a rich history and a major cultural impact. Here are just a few reasons to consider making a stay in the South Bay:

The Food
: Being right on the docks has its benefits. The seafood is as fresh as can be in San Pedro; it's fresh enough to justify a town-wide Lobster Festival each year. In addition, the San Pedro Fish Market and Restaurant and 22nd Street Landing Seafood, among other restaurants, ensure that great food is available throughout the year. J Trani's, on 9th Street, is a particular favorite, with its combination of Italian and seafood.

The History: San Pedro was a popular port for the United States Navy during World War II. In fact, some of the ships deployed to Hawaii before the attack on Pearl Harbor originated there. The city is now the home of the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, which hosts rotating exhibits that often show off San Pedro's importance in keeping the western front safe.

There's Hollywood history here as well; San Pedro is where many Tinseltown productions like to go to shoot beach scenes. Films ranging from Chinatown, The Usual Suspects, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 to The Shape of Things have had scenes shot here.

The Art
: World renown marine artist, Violet Parkhurst was a long-time resident of San Pedro. A vast collection of her paintings and other world famous artists, can be found on 6th Street, in the Violet Parkhurst Gallery. Once home for authors Scott O'Dell and Charles Bukowski, San Pedro has made an impact with literary arts as well.

Cheaper Accomodations
: Hotel rooms can be well under $100 per night in San Pedro, near the aforementioned museum, or for slightly more if you request a beach view.

: If you're trying to see it all, San Pedro is between the beautiful beaches of Orange County and the glitz and glamor of Hollywood. The city is convenient to many southern California freeways; the 110 intersects the 405, the 10, the 101 and the 5 at different points, meaning that you've always got direct shots to nearly everything the southland has to offer.


May 13, 2005 change by giorgio

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