San Pedro

Monthly art walks, the Korean Friendship Bell, and beloved lobster festivals on the shore of the Pacific Ocean.

Located on a little peninsula in south Los Angeles, San Pedro sports a small-town atmosphere despite its occupation as one of the city's most active seaports. Although lobster festivals and lighthouse tours enliven the neighbourhood by day, San Pedro's citizens retire to beach-inspired bungalows soon after the sun sets. San Pedro's community-run corner shops contribute to its local charm, but when it's big-city anonymity you seek you'll have to find a car. The good news? The 110 freeway is minutes away.

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On the Map

San Pedro is bordered by Harbour City, Rancho Palos Verdes, Lomita, and Wilmington

LAX Airport: 32 minutes by car or 1 hour & 50 minutes by public transit
Santa Monica Pier: 44 minutes by car
Hollywood Walk of Fame: 46 minutes by car
Venice Boardwalk: 40 minutes by car
The Grove: 46 minutes by car

  • Public transit is Difficult
  • Having a car is Easy

A Simple Seaport Lifestyle In San Pedro

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Corner stores, corner cafes, and corner lemonade stands characterise San Pedro's simple lifestyle—one best suited for skaters, rollerbladers, and seaside explorers.

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A last-standing major seaport in far-south Los Angeles, San Pedro's peninsular location lets the sea breeze cool it off in the summer and the sun's ray warm it up in winter.

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Maritime roots still prevail in San Pedro. The LA Maritime Museum honours the area's aquatic culture.

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Hardware shops still sell bait and tackle to active fishermen.

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In San Pedro, the morning's catch becomes the evening's dinner.

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Catch-of-the-Day Dining

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Ports O'Call Village gathers fresh seafood purveyors into an intimate marketplace meant for outdoor dining.

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Family-friendly. Kid-friendly.

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Marine Themed Tourist Attractions

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The bronze Korean Bell of Friendship first rang in 1976 and was declared a historic cultural landmark two years later.

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The Waterfront Red Car Line links coastal attractions in San Pedro.

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Unrivalled water fountains surge upward in San Pedro. The neighbourhood's water streams soar 100 feet into the sky.

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San Pedro is the home of The Port of Los Angeles World Cruise Centre. Major cruise lines offer holiday cruises to Baja California, Hawaii, Alaska, and beyond.

Coastal Accomodations

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Point Fermin Lighthouse was built in 1874 and still stands as a testament to San Pedro's coastal location.

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Modest homes with welcome mats and arched windows compose the neighbourhood's residential landscape.

Spectacular Green Space

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Parks, hillsides, and pathways rise above San Pedro's palm trees and ever-present horizon line.

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It's illustrious from sea to sky.

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Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighbourhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Lauren Devon

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Lauren Devon is an editorial and commercial lifestyle photographer based in Los Angeles. She loves the adventure of her work, as well as the creativity and collaboration that goes with it. With the help of locals, Lauren explored the heart of each community for Airbnb, and discovered neighbourhood gems that made each story diverse and fresh.