Watersport enthusiasts, we’ve found your new favorite place. Located on the Santa Monica Bay, Redondo Beach locals know the best ways possible to enjoy the water, and with a harbor, marina, and pier there are plenty of options for everyone looking to spend some time on the Pacific. From kayaking the coastline to heading below the surface to admire the fish who call the waters home, you can do just about anything you please at Redondo Beach — you just have to know where to look...
We’re not just talking about your standard kayaking and canoeing paddle trips, though. SUP (stand up paddle boarding) is quickly climbing the ranks as one of the must-do watersports in the area, and our friends at Tarzan SUP can set you up with equipment and a quick lesson so you can easily get out on the water and maybe see some whales or even dolphins.
We’re also huge fans of the Paddle House's Yoga SUP classes. Led by an instructor, their yoga class is perfect for early risers who don’t mind a bit of challenge. The payoff for the class is totally worth it, too. As you balance yourself on your board and take in the picturesque beach views, reaching your Zen moment won’t be a problem.
After a calming morning a few hours of adventure on the open water is just what you need. A kayak trip with Fast Kayak will help you see some of the coastline you can’t reach by walking the beachside trail and it’ll even get you closer to some of the local wildlife in the area. Be sure to pack your sunscreen and a waterproof camera so you can spend as much time as possible enjoying the water without any disruptions.
While everyone might not be ready to captain their own sailboat, pedal boats are a safe, stable way for anyone to enjoy the harbor, and the best option for anyone who might be worried about falling in on other vessels. With rentals available right from the International Boardwalk, you can hop in solo or go out for a duo pedal across the calm water where you may see harbor seals and sealions basking in the sun. This is a seriously fun and easy way to explore the water, and a great way to get close to the harbor landscape. Find out more about renting your own pedal boat.
The hardest part about visiting Redondo Beach isn’t finding a boat to go out on the water with, it’s deciding what kind of boating adventure you would like to go on. For many, it’s the Looking Glass Bottom Boat that keeps visitors coming back for more. Practically a rite of passage, the semi-submersible boat takes up to 19-passengers out on the water for a tour of the area, giving you the unique opportunity to see what’s swimming below your feet with its, well, glass bottom. During the one-hour tour, expect to see sea lions, plenty of fish and a few small rays, especially if you go on a tour around sunset.
Redondo is one of the closest cities to central LA that offers sailing lessons and boat charters, and also nature cruises. East Coast visitors will love the sailing tours and families will get a kick out of the whale watching tours during the winter and early spring. For those looking to be a bit more hands on, the harbor offers calm easy waters that lead out into the open ocean where captains can sail up the coast past Malibu or even all the way out to Catalina.