In Southern California (and I guess in other parts of the world), the city of San Pedro is known mostly for one thing: it is where the Port of Los Angeles is located.
For those of you not familiarized with the area, Downtown L.A. is located about 15 miles inland. The port serving the metropolitan area is 20 miles south of Downtown. And this is not just a port. This is the busier container port in the United States occupying 7,500 acres. Its long (more than 40 miles) and lean breakwater even appears in Google Maps.
The facts sound impressive. However, none of that matters to the people who visit this town. Locals are interested in the fresh fish found in the markets, the expansive sea views and historic buildings (and even ships). There is more to San Pedro than the port.
Granted. The waterfront views of thousand of colorful containers piled over one another are not the most charming. But why complain when there is an abundance of fish, shrimp, octopus and squid waiting to be grilled after being seasoned with a secret mix of spices? I wish I can go to the fish market every day.
And ok, let’s say you want to escape the port views. There are areas where the cobalt ocean collides with layers of rust colored land. It is just a matter of driving a few miles.
Well, it is time to stop writing. Let’s get a look of what I am talking about.
Friendship Korean Bell
The massive bronze bell was presented by the Republic of Korea to the American people to celebrate the bicentennial of the United States and to symbolize friendship between the two nations.
Beginning in 2010, the bell is struck five times a year: on New Year’s Eve, Korean American Day (January 13), Fourth of July and Korean Liberation Day (August 15) and every September in celebration of Constitution Week.
Point Fermin Park and Lighthouse
This lighthouse (it really looks like a house) built in 1874 using wood from Californian redwoods was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Public organization preserving the building offer free tours.
The lighthouse is surrounded by a park from where views of the Palos Verdes peninsula can be seen.
Waterfront and Fish Market
Popular place to get fresh seafood.
I haven’t seen all that San Pedro has to offer. I still have to visit a few more places. I just know I like what I have seen already.
If you are interested in knowing more about this town visit this link: http://www.daytrippen.com/san-pedro-day-trip.html.
Have you visited San Pedro? Let me know in the comments section below.