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San Pedro
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San Pedro featuring a city and street scenes

Visit a famous Navy battleship among other sites in one of the largest and busiest ports in the United States.

San Pedro is one of the busiest port districts in the U.S. and the largest on the Pacific coast. The area, which is part of Los Angeles, was once a thriving fishing community. However, upscale residential areas are gradually replacing the area’s port industry roots. Explore the city’s attractions, including the Battleship USS Iowa and the Vincent Thomas Bridge.

San Pedro was populated by the Gabrieleño-Tongva people and discovered by the Spanish in 1542. In the 1800s it became a commercial seaport.

Head down to the Port of Los Angeles and visit the Battleship USS Iowa Museum. Take a tour of the large vessel with your family. See the crew living areas and the Captain’s Cabin, where President Franklin D. Roosevelt once slept. Watch videos that tell the story of this great Navy warship, which served under several presidents and during many wars, including World War II and the Cold War. It is open daily from the morning until late in the afternoon. There is an admission fee and discounts apply for children and seniors.

The port is also home to the World Cruise Center. From here, you can board an international cruise ship to exotic destinations such as Hawaii, Alaska and the Mexican Riviera. If you prefer to stay on dry land, watch enormous cruise ships dock and replenish their supplies.

Marvel at the 1,500-foot (457.2-meter) Vincent Thomas Bridge. One of the longest of its kind in California, it enables travelers to cross the Los Angeles Harbor to Terminal Island. It has been used as a setting for several Hollywood movies including Heat, City of Angels, Charlie’s Angels and Gone in 60 Seconds.

San Pedro, is a 30-minute drive south from downtown Los Angeles. You can also get there by bus or subway. While you are in the area, explore the neighboring beachside city of Long Beach, which is only about 15 minutes away by car or double that time by bus.

DoubleTree by Hilton San Pedro - Port of Los Angeles
DoubleTree by Hilton San Pedro - Port of Los Angeles
3.5 out of 5
2800 Via Cabrillo Marina, San Pedro, CA
The price is AU$171 per night from 31 May to 31 May
Located in Coastal San Pedro, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Palos Verdes Peninsula and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from World Cruise Center. Cabrillo Beach and Cabrillo ...
4/5Very Good! (958 reviews)
"Great location"

Reviewed on 11 May 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton San Pedro - Port of Los Angeles
Best Western Plus San Pedro Hotel & Suites
Best Western Plus San Pedro Hotel & Suites
2.5 out of 5
111 South Gaffey Street, San Pedro, CA
The price is AU$156 per night from 25 May to 25 May
Located in Central San Pedro, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of USS Iowa and World Cruise Center. Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center and Aquarium ...
4.1/5Very Good! (982 reviews)
"This hotel needs a total renovation. This used to be our go to but the area has gotten worse. BW should be ashamed to charge over $125 for a night. Service was great as always. Will not stay here ever again. Feels like the movie The Shining. Lesson learned."

Reviewed on 22 Apr. 2021

Best Western Plus San Pedro Hotel & Suites
Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
601 S Palos Verdes St, San Pedro, CA
The price is AU$170 per night from 31 May to 31 May
Located in Central San Pedro, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from USS Iowa, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center and Aquarium ...
3.8/5Good! (966 reviews)
"Abraham was really helpful, provided great customer service and got me a bigger room all last minute. He went out of his way to get everything set for my family and I to make our 2 night stay as comfortable as possible. Omar and Jason were fast and efficient when we asked to get certain things sent ..."

Reviewed on 11 May 2021

Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Stunning Ocean Front Cliff Home Pool Jaccuzzidirectly on Ocean
Stunning Ocean Front Cliff Home Pool Jaccuzzidirectly on Ocean
2129 W Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro, CA
Located in Coastal San Pedro, this holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of Palos Verdes Peninsula and Royal Palms County Beach. Point Fermin Park and Fort ...
5/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Amazing location
"We spent Christmas with our family here. It is very spacious and the views from the back yard are incredible! Tons of great hiking trails too. Perfect home for our needs."

Reviewed on 11 Jan. 2021

Stunning Ocean Front Cliff Home Pool Jaccuzzidirectly on Ocean
HYATT house Los Angeles LAX/Manhattan Beach
HYATT house Los Angeles LAX/Manhattan Beach
3 out of 5
810 S Douglas St, El Segundo, CA
The price is AU$194 per night from 19 May to 19 May
Located in Lairport, this aparthotel is 5.5 mi (8.8 km) from Redondo Beach Pier, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Los Angeles Forum and Sony Pictures Studios. Venice ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,987 reviews)
"Staff was very friendly, and accommodating. There is plenty of grass patches for dogs. Very clean, safe, and comfortable. Would highly recommend"

Reviewed on 8 May 2021

HYATT house Los Angeles LAX/Manhattan Beach
Hotel Pepper Tree Boutique Kitchen Studios - Anaheim
Hotel Pepper Tree Boutique Kitchen Studios - Anaheim
3 out of 5
2375 W Lincoln Avenue, Anaheim, CA
The price is AU$160 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Located in Northwest Anaheim, this aparthotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Disneyland®, Downtown Disney® District and Anaheim Convention Center. Angel Stadium of ...
4.1/5Very Good! (2,201 reviews)
"I like the spanish style but it’s time for the place to be renovated with new decors and furnitures,kinda old,need to be re-painted;the sofa has scratches and need to be changed.I saw roach in the kitchen. I didn’t see a prepared Peet’s coffee during breakfast as advertized;no complimentary shampoo ..."

Reviewed on 20 Apr. 2021

Hotel Pepper Tree Boutique Kitchen Studios - Anaheim
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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18 Oct. 2019

Local people were so friendly and helpful. Raefello Italian restaurant food wad delicious.

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