Open during COVID lock down
Redondo Beach pier really is unlike any other in all of Southern California. It really is a more of a circular promenade on stills rather than an actual pier. The pier fishing laws do apply here – no need for a fishing license for casting off the pier.
See the map below.
Interestingly enough we’ve been to this spot many times through various times of the year, however, never were able to catch great warm weather. Consider bringing a warm jacket even on the sunniest of days. Perhaps because it takes the brunt of the cold ocean wind that whips up to the Palos Verdes peninsula nearby.
Things to do at Redondo with kids
Besides fishing, kids can watch some sea life right in the ocean – like the sea lion in the photo below; or check out some freshly caught lobsters, crab, oysters in the nearby markets. A couple of times we even got some food from the local markets and would recommend it to other visitors. Most of the time, however, we stop by the restaurants located inland.
There used to be an arcade – Fun Factory – located on the bottom level of the pier, reminiscent of the Santa Cruz boardwalk or the San Diego’s Belmont Park on the shore. However, the arcade closed at this time, especially with the global pandemic.
Hardly we’d call the Redondo Beach swimmable due to serious gusts of wind and year-round coolness. So our kids typically play on the sand more than anything.
Free parking at Redondo Beach pier?
There’s no free parking in Redondo and pay for parking is so conveniently located that you just have to park on the main lot.