The South Bay of Los Angeles—once considered Southern California’s best-kept secret—is finally enjoying its place in the sun. This stretch of beautiful coastline just south of LAX and north of the Port of Los Angeles offers a tempting mix of warm beaches, breathtaking Catalina views, and coveted Pacific real estate. A spring getaway to this desirable playground couldn’t be more timely, especially if your ideal adventures align with the culinary, cultured, and outdoors.
Where to Stay
Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes makes the perfect starting point for your South Bay escape. On first impressions alone, Terranea’s 270º view of the Pacific just beyond the lobby makes the perfect prelude to your seaside journey.
If you’ve timed your visit for Easter weekend—and we recommend you do—the resort will offer family fun activities and delicious dining options. Brunch takes center stage on the holiday, with special menus at the on-property venues including mar’sel, Nelson’s, bashi, catalina kitchen, and Lobby Bar & Terrace. Dining reservations can be made by calling Terranea Resort at 310.265.2861.
Leave the cooking to some bunny else with the resort’s Easter To-Go. Featuring savory dinner options including house-cured maple ham, herb-roasted leg of lamb, savory sides, starters, delicious desserts, and more! Vegetarian menu also available.
Head to pointe discovery for unique family art adventures to-go. Terranea’s Kids Club Family Fun Box, Plein Air Painting Kit, and Mandala Kit provide ample activities for multiple days of play for children and adults alike to celebrate all things Spring at Terranea.
If you are searching for wellness and relaxation over Easter, The Spa at Terranea embraces the natural beauty and energy of its idyllic setting to create a transformative experience for body, mind and spirit. Try the Oceans Renewal Massage and enjoy the healing and hydrating benefits of the ocean with this rhythmic massage using a mineral rich Lamineria seaweed oil. A finishing revitalizing leg treatment along with foot specialty cream leaves you feeling refreshed and renewed.
Terranea is home to many beautiful species of plants and animals. Ask about our Self-Guided Nature Walk to explore the property and learn more about the wildlife in the region as well as the history of the resort. This walk has many beautiful photo opportunities and is fun for all ages. Share your photos with us by using #Terranea.
How to Get There: From LAX, take the 405 South to Hawthorne Boulevard. Head west toward the coast and turn left on Palos Verdes Drive South. The entrance to Terranea Resort awaits just up the road off Terranea Way. (100 Terranea Way in Rancho Palos Verdes)
Where to Visit
The Palos Verdes Peninsula shares the southern portion of the Santa Monica Bay with several other beach communities. From neighboring Redondo Beach all the way up the coast to sparkling Manhattan Beach, there’s plenty of surf, sand and shopping to enjoy.
Down the hill off Palos Verdes Drive, swing through Catalina Avenue, one of the area’s most fashionable retail destinations, with boutiques including stylish Alandrea, children-centric Lollipop, and gourmet depot Catalina Cooking Store. (1809, 1813 and 1951 Catalina Avenue in Redondo Beach, rivieravillageredondo.com) Famous Dive N Surf has been offering SCUBA courses locally for over 50 years, not to mention boat charters, equipment sales and other rental. They also carry one of the largest selections of Body Glove wetsuits and other merchandise anywhere. (504 N. Broadway in Redondo Beach. 310-372-8423, divensurf.com)
North on Pacific Coast Highway you’ll encounter Redondo Beach’s famous pier and marina, host to sailing and boat tours for those wanting an even closer encounter with the Pacific. Early spring is primetime for grey whale migration along the Southern California coast, so don’t miss this beautiful annual ritual of nature. The pier is also home to popular seafood markets serving the local community and Old Tony’s, a salty restaurant and bar right on the water. Enjoy outdoor dining and order their famous mai tai. (210 Fisherman’s Wharf in Redondo Beach, oldtonys.com)
Beyond Redondo, discover Hermosa Beach at the bustling corner of Hermosa and Pier Avenue. With an endless parade of flip-flops and surfboards, follow the lead and hit the beaches for some volleyball, or do some people-watching at one of the bar or restaurant patios lining the pedestrian-friendly pier. Favorites in this area include a nutritious pitaya bowl at Paradise Bowls (1246 Hermosa Avenue, paradisebowls.com), a casual, Aussie-inspired alfresco lunch at Gum Tree Café (238 Pier Avenue, gumtreela.com) or a stylish sit-down with a sirloin and Scotch at Steak & Whisky by Chef Tin Vuong. (117 Pier Avenue, steakandwhisky.com)
Work off your meal by grabbing a bicycle from Hermosa Cyclery (20 13th Street, hermosacyclery.com) and pedal up The Strand to Manhattan Beach. The iconic and photogenic pier awaits your visit, as does a collection of trendy shops and restaurants along Manhattan Beach Boulevard.
Easy and breezy beach fare can be found all around, including the famous burger at Simmzy’s or a frozen treat at the charming Manhattan Creamery at the base of the pier. Manhattan Beach is also home to Chef David Lefevre’s MB Post, a popular sit-down eatery with an amazing menu and coveted reservation list. The cheddar bacon biscuits are worth the visit alone. (1142 Manhattan Avenue, eatmbpost.com) If you prefer delicacies of the sea, LeFevre’s Fishing With Dynamite down the block serves a mean oyster on the half-shell. (1148 Manhattan Avenue, eatfwd.com)