If you’re looking for a trip to experience a flawless California winter, Redondo Beach is the place to visit. You might get a little kiss of cold to remind you that it’s winter, but with great weather all year round, you should be able to enjoy of the beach experience that makes Redondo Beach a place like no other.
We’ve put together a Winter Weekend itinerary, and have even included some indoor activities in case winter rains come peeking out.
Where to Stay
Whether you’re looking for something right on the water, or a little deeper in the city, Redondo Beach has many hotels that make for an incredible stay. Here are some recommended options, perfect for any budget.
Crowne Plaza Hotel : $$$$
300 N. Harbor Dr. / Redondo Beach, CA 90277 / (310) 318-8888
The Crown Plaza Hotel has beautiful ocean view rooms, so the water can be the first thing you see in the morning, and the last thing you see at night. What could be better? Enjoy their bar area, pool, and hotel restaurant at this grand hotel with all the bells and whistles.
The Redondo Beach Hotel : $$$
400 N. Harbor Dr. / Redondo Beach, CA 90277 / (800) 334-7384
This modern classic sits right by the water and offers plenty of amenities. End your nights relaxing on the rooftop deck and patio, or get your morning workout in their onsite gym. This hotel has you covered.
1850 S. Pacific Coast Hwy. / Redondo Beach, CA 90277 / (310) 540-3700
Only half a mile away from the beach, this three-story hotel has a hot breakfast included, as well as a pool and gym. It’s a little farther from the water, but still close enough to walk.
Start your trip off with a lunch on the water that’ll set the blueprint for the rest of the weekend. The R10 Social House has a mouth-watering lunch menu featuring steamed clams, jidori chicken tenders, and for Pulp Fiction fans, the Royale with Cheese. Just a stone’s throw from the water, the R10’s relaxed vibe will wash away all your worries and set you up for a great weekend.
Fun Factory & The Redondo Beach Pier:
Whether you’re a big arcade fan or not, the Fun Factory has something for everyone. It’s a huge classic arcade right by the water that will take you down memory lane. With ticket games, newer games, and even a spinning ride, you won’t run out of things to do here. Right by the pier, you can really feel the energy from the people around you, and go for a walk along the historic horseshoe pier afterwards.
Right down the Pacific Coast Highway along the harbor, you’ll find Rock and Brews, an American dining experience that will get pumped and ready for the weekend. Rock and Brews has a huge selection of beers on draft, as well as signature cocktails like their white or red sangria.
Just a mile walk away along the pier is The Boogie. Let loose at this casual bar featuring Reggae Nights every Friday. With live music and delicious signature drinks like the New Fashioned (a version of the Old Fashioned using Patron), or the Redondo Beach Iced Tea, a twist on the Long Island Iced Tea, this is the perfect night cap.
Good Stuff - This delicious breakfast spot has been serving the South Bay since 1979, offering golden pancakes, hearty omelets, and good vibes. Stay indoors if it’s a little chilly, or enjoy their outdoor patio seating. Boasting their energizing breakfasts, they’ll make sure you have plenty of energy and good spirits for the rest of your day.
Get your ticket to see gray whales up close and personal. With a high percent whale-sighting success rate, visitors are likely to spot the magnificent Gray Whales as well as Fin, Minke, Humpbacks and Sperm whales, along with other wildlife thriving off the Southern California Coast including sharks, various species of seabirds, sea lions and more. Check back for more information on departure times and pricing.
Redondo Beach Crab House offers a unique dining experience perfect for your winter weekend. Pick your seafood such as crabs, lobsters, or prawns, and they’ll steam them to order, giving you the freshest possible catch. Their seafood is always of the highest quality, which I’d suggest their crowd favorite, Dungeness crab. Sold a la carte by the pound, if you’re thinking about ordering that extra pound, we suggest you do. If fresh seafood isn’t your cup of tea, they have combination plates like Korean short ribs, burgers, and fried seafood.
Explore the Riviera Village
Just a little ways inland, you’ll find a collections of cafes and shops known as the Riviera Village. You’ll find a more relaxed, quaint vibe here than the pier, great for a simple stroll or an evening of shopping. Check their calendar for events that may be going on during your visit.
To change things up from lunch, enjoy an elegant, relaxing Italian dinner at Bottega Romana. The ambience is perfect for reflecting on your trip thus far with a glass of wine as you enjoy a long dinner, as if you were in Italy. The friendly staff won’t try to rush you out, and can help you select a good glass or bottle of wine to pair with your meal.
A half mile walk from Bottega Romana is Hennessy’s, an Irish pub described as “your meeting place.” Take a quick stroll over to this bar that will make you feel like you’re back home. It’s a great place to sit down for a night cap and soak in the smiles and laughs from the friendly crowd. If you’re feeling extra bold, check out The Largest Pint, only available at Hennessy’s – a 50oz souvenir glass filled with your draft of choice.
Baleen Kitchen’s brunch offers bottomless mimosas for $18, or a create your own bloody Mary bar with flavored vodkas, loads of garnishes, and 20 different hot sauces from around the world. The food is spectacular as well, with features like Juevos Redondos, a Redondo Beach twist on Juevo Rancheros, and cornmeal pancakes to name a few.
You’ve had a packed weekend, paving your own way through Redondo Beach, now it’s time to be guided. Take a guided Segway tour at South Bay Mobile Tours. The five mile tour lasts a little over an hour and a half and will take you right by the water for you to snap your last photos for the weekend.
The Hermosa Beach Fish Shop is a must-stop in Redondo Beach for their customizable approach to their food. Pick your fish, pick your seasoning, and then choose to cook it as a sandwich, salad, taco, or a plate. You can’t go wrong no matter what choice you make!
Indoor/Rainy Day Activities
Even with Southern California’s temperate weather, you may still find yourself in some days with rain. Just in case that happens, here are some indoor activities.