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The song lyrics say, "nobody walks in L.A," but everybody walks, bikes or skates in Redondo Beach. The following tour can be safely enjoyed by traveling on city streets or the South Bay Bicycle Trail and pedestrian walkway.

Redondo Beach Paddlers SMALLAnd some even paddle at Redondo Beach.

Sitting at the north end of Harbor Drive, the tour starts with the artist Wyland's famous mural depicting the California gray whale on the exterior wall of the AES powerplant building. The mural is one of the artist's largest and most extraordinary works. Don't forget to visit the S.E.A Laboratory and see local marine life close up. This highly regarded marine facility is free and open to the public.

Continuing south, walk, skate or bike to the Marinas in King Harbor. The four marinas may be accessed along Harbor Drive or through the main channel on the Pacific Ocean side. The marina area features a lively mix of ocean view restaurants, hotels, meeting facilities, and a variety of water sport attractions.

The tour continues with a stroll around the Redondo Beach Pier. The Pier became a popular tourist attraction in the early 20th century. Today, it is a popular fishing spot providing a splendid view of the Redondo Beach Harbor entrance. It is also host to many fine seafood and ethnic restaurants, a fresh fish market, gift shops and entertainment. And, just steps from the ocean is Veteran's Park, once the site of the glamorous Hotel Redondo, an architectural jewel of the 19th century. Today the park is a safe family destination with picnic facilities, play areas and ample parking. A colorful farmer's market is held on Thursday mornings.

South of the Pier to Vista del Mar is a broad walkway through a beautiful stretch of California state beach, with an unobstructed view of the Pacific Ocean. Called "The Esplanade," it is frequented by all types of fitness fans and leads to the charming Riviera Village Shopping district. Located at the intersection of Avenue I and Catalina, extending to Palos Verdes Boulevard, the Riviera Village has the amenities and ambience of a Mediterranean beach resort. Visitors and residents gather each day at the outdoor cafes and browsing among the boutiques, antique shops and art galleries is invited. Heading north again, the South Bay Bicycle Trail originates at the South end of Redondo Beach and follows the scenic coastline of the Santa Monica Bay, 19 miles to Santa Monica.

There is easy access to rest stops along the way at neighboring beach cities and public restrooms are provided throughout the route. For more information about Redondo Beach go to www.visitredondo.com.

 

(TravMedia.com contributed to this article)

 

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