Redondo Beach Marina - What to Do, Where to Dine

Captain Kidd's - More Than a Fish Market

The fish pirate Captain Kidd offers daily fresh catches at the Redondo Beach Marina. It is a great break stop from a bike path stroll, work out or a walk to one of the piers.

Sunset dinner on one of the three patios is my favorite. There is seldom a crowd to interrupt the mood. Dogs are welcome, and people watching is free entertainment.

It is a traditional fish market, Pike style, but also serves full meals, sandwiches or finger snacks: lobster tacos to New York steak to bouillabaisse.

Click here for the menu.

Fish Market Hours: 9am-9pm Daily
Restaurant Hours: 10am-9pm Daily

209 N. Harbor Dr.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 372-7703

For directions.

Samba Redondo - Beef, More Beef with a View

Slicing servers with long knives pop up every few minutes table-side offering to hack off a new portion of  mesquite-grilled meat, churrasco style.

In addition to the beef, this churrascaria, Brazilian steakhouse, tempts you with a salad bar which also give diners the opportunity to walk off some of that beef. The fresh salad bar and fixins typically also includes pasta and ceviche.

Among the Brazilian sausage, sirloin steak, pork, lamb and other tender morsels, Samba also includes tasty chicken for the cholesterol impaired, like me. But of course they don't disappoint their savory heritage as the bird carvings are wrapped in bacon.

One wall facing the harbor is an extended window with 180-degree ocean views. There are plenty of booths with a view and room for groups.

Seductive but kid-friendly Samba dancers, like Vegas show girls perform on select nights. The caipirinha bar holds dozens of varieties of Brazil's favorite cocktail.

Samba is located at the Redondo Beach Marina:
207 North Harbor Drive
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Click here for reservations.

Seaside Lagoon - Warm Saltwater Pool

The Seaside Lagoon, open during the summer from May to September, is a saltwater lagoon whose water comes from the ocean but is warmed by a side-trip through the nearby steam electricity power generating plant (where the giant whale murals grace the walls).

Besides swimming, there are volleyball nets, a snack bar provided by the adjacent Ruby's restaurant, sandy beaches and grassy areas for soaking up the sun.

Trained lifeguards are always on duty.

The water for Seaside Lagoon originates from the deep side of the breakwater, about 50 feet deep. It then travels through the steam generating plant where it is used to cool the turbines. The water then moves through large pipes under the street to the Lagoon where it is chlorinated when entering the lagoon and then de-chlorinated before flowing back into the harbor. The Lagoon has approximately 1.5 million gallons of water and a flow through rate of approximately 200,000 gallons per hour. It is very clean water.

The Seaside Lagoon opens for public use beginning May 25, 2013 and is open daily through September 2. Situated on the southwest corner of Harbor Drive and Portofino Way in Redondo Beach's King Harbor, the Lagoon operates from 10:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. daily throughout the summer months. It is closed for for the Redondo Beach Fireworks Show July 3 and 4.

Click here to watch a great short slide-show video showing the Seaside Lagoon.

Click here for current entry and parking fees, hours and rules.

First Surfer in the USA - 'He Walked on Water'

Word of mouth in Los Angeles in the early 1900s was that Hawaiin-Irishman George Freeth could walk on water.

Freeth, who was born in Honolulu November 8, 1883, renewed interest in the Polynesian art of surfing upright on a board. Henry Huntington, promoter of “the largest saltwater plunge in the world” in Redondo Beach, paid Freeth to surf the waves off Redondo in 1907 to attract paying customers.

Thousands came to Redondo in the big red electric cars from old Los Angeles to see what we now see all day long. Freeth surfed the long board: 200 pounds and 8-feet of solid wood. As he paddled into a wave the crowd would hush and then erupt as he stood up and navigated to shore.

Freeth became the first “official life guard” for the pacific coast and invented that red torpedo-shaped rescue float that is now used by lifeguards internationally.

A statue is dedicated to George Freeth, who died April 1919 at the early age of 35 of exhaustion, at the foot of the pier.

Where to Eat on The Pier

The Piers at Redondo Beach offer the prime seafood dining destinations in Southern California, including Old Tony's.

Old Tony's has dished fish on the pier for 60 years. The view is killer, and the old photos on the old walls are an atmospheric leap back in time.

Fresh fish is served in more than 20 restaurants in Redondo Beach, many are tucked into the horseshoe pier and surrounding area.

Several seafood markets also sell a vast varieties of fish cooked-to-order or packaged to take home.

Restaurants range from European to American, Asian, Italian and, of course, Mexican.

For a complete list of the restaurants and reservation information, click here.

The Beach Inside the Redondo Beach Pier

Sand has come and gone over the years from this little beach inside the elbow of the horseshoe of the pier. The sand is back again in a big way.

The cozy beach is not staffed by a lifeguard currently so swimming and even wading is discouraged. But in my childhood, I remember surfing on a longboard there.

The powers that be now call this area of sand "treacherous". Be that as it may, this is certainly a spot with a unique perspective of the beautiful pier that is still worth investigating.

King Harbor Yacht Club and Youth Foundation

The King Harbor Yacht Club consists of boating enthusiasts, from professional racers to fishermen. The beautiful clubhouse is adjacent to the boat slips and affords a tantalizing ocean view, a library, meeting rooms, a weather station and a lounge hosting a full bar. There are approximately 1,500 boat slips which will accommodate yachts up to 83 feet. Guest docks are available, but make your appeal early as they are first-come first-served.

Daily, 7am - 4pm

Handicap accessible

Click here for their website

Or contact the Club Manager at (310) 376-2459

Free parking

They also offer a top-notch youth program which has operated since 1982 (click here) called the King Harbor Youth Foundation.

Current Weather Report for Redondo Beach Marina


Recent Posts

  1. Captain Kidd's - More Than a Fish Market
    Wednesday, January 30, 2013
  2. Samba Redondo - Beef, More Beef with a View
    Wednesday, January 30, 2013
  3. Seaside Lagoon - Warm Saltwater Pool
    Tuesday, January 29, 2013
  4. First Surfer in the USA - 'He Walked on Water'
    Tuesday, January 29, 2013
  5. Where to Eat on The Pier
    Tuesday, January 29, 2013
  6. The Beach Inside the Redondo Beach Pier
    Monday, January 21, 2013
  7. King Harbor Yacht Club and Youth Foundation
    Monday, January 21, 2013
  8. Current Weather Report for Redondo Beach Marina
    Monday, January 21, 2013
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