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Boating and Recreation in Redondo Beach

Redondo Beach, and particularly King Harbor, together form one of the main boating and beach recreation centers along the Southern California Coast. With waterside restaurants and bars, four marinas and a mile and a half of sandy beach, there is something for everyone in this fun town located on Santa Monica Bay just north of Palos Verdes Peninsula.

If you’re taking the kids for a day at the beach, you can find curbside parking on Esplanade, which runs the full length of the beach just south of King Harbor. If you want to park off the street away from traffic, drive a bit farther south on Esplanade and use the paid parking lot on Paseo de la Playa.

Make sure to pack a tube of sunblock in your beach bag. If you are not accustomed to being out in the sun for long periods, you can incur an uncomfortable sunburn lasting several days. Also bring along water in plastic bottles to avoid dehydration, which can be made worse by swimming for long periods in saltwater. And lest we forget, never leave trash on the beach; collect it in a bag and dump it in one of the refuse cans lining the beach. We want our famous Southern California beaches to stay as clean and inviting as possible.

Arriving by boat will be a lot easier with some advance planning. If you plan to spend several days in King Harbor, call Redondo Beach Marina to reserve a slip. This is the only public marina in the harbor; Port Royal, Portofino Marina and King Harbor Marina are all privately owned and do not have guest slips. Since each marina sets its own prices and other conditions for space rental, call or visit your preferred marina if you plan on a lengthy stay.

In order to launch some form of small craft, such as a rowboat or a runabout with a small outboard motor, go to the Redondo Beach Marina Boat/Watercraft Hand Launch at 239 N. Harbor Drive in King Harbor where you can launch your boat manually. The Hand Launch is free and open to the public from April through October, weather permitting.

Walking along the outer perimeter of the Redondo Beach Pier, you will see mooring balls on the inside of the breakwater. If you wish to moor your boat to one of the balls, it is wise to verify availability and make your reservation before arriving. Daily, weekly and monthly rates vary by vessel length. Call Redondo Beach Marina by phone or go to for more mooring details.

If you are stopping for only a few days and do not wish to take a mooring ball, you may anchor for free between the Redondo Beach Harbor Patrol dock and the breakwater at the northwest end of the main channel beyond the mooring balls. Use both bow and stern anchor to prevent swinging into the path of boat traffic. Officially, you may stay up to three nights at anchor, unless you are taking refuge from a dangerous storm or from sea conditions unsafe for setting sail. Make sure to call Port Police on VHF channel 16 upon arrival, and be ready to change anchoring location, depending on Harbor Police instructions and marine traffic inside the channel.

Another service valuable to local and visiting vessels is King Harbor Marine Center, managed by Michael Sherman. Located at 831 North Harbor Drive, this is a full-service haul-out facility that allows boat owners to work on their own vessels. Call the facility, pull your vessel up to the travel lift and let your vessel be placed on stands to get you started on your bottom painting or hull repair project. If you would rather leave the hard work to someone with more experience, this facility also offers full engine repair, marine plumbing, electrical and painting services for your vessel.

If you want to go ocean fishing but do not own a boat, check out one of the local fishing charters, such as Redondo Sports Fishing. You can go out for a half-day or full-day trip, depending on how much fish you want to haul in. If you want a private fishing trip for you and your friends, this option is open as well. Bring your own tackle or rent a rod and reel from the crew. You can arrange a voyage for up to 60 people for a day of fishing or a short coastal cruise for whale watching, burial at sea or simply taking in the beautiful coastal scenery.

Redondo Beach Marina, its numerous businesses and nearby public beach are waiting to meet your desire for fun and adventure in a nautical setting. Pack your towel, swimsuit, suntan lotion and fishing gear for some real fun!

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