Redondo Beach is one of Los Angeles’ three beach cities, and it’s a fantastic destination for vacationers of all ages. Whether you’re catching some sun at one of the sandy beaches; exploring dozens of restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues along the Pier; or surfing, scuba diving, or boating on the scenic Esplanade, you’re going to have a blast at Redondo Beach. It would take many lifetimes to fully explore this massive, sprawling city, so browse through hundreds of Redondo Beach vacation rentals, and book your stay today. Here are 10 of the most noteworthy Los Angeles neighborhoods within driving distance of Redondo Beach.

1. North Redondo

Redondo Beach Pier
Source: Flickr/Tracie Hall

If you want a vacation rental close to the action, choose North Redondo, which is just a quick stroll from the beach. Known for its local dining and drinking establishments, North Redondo is a great spot for foodies. Spend an evening at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center to enjoy a Broadway-quality musical or ballet. This area has quite a few unique boutique shops, and it’s home to the South Bay Galleria, so you can get a lot of shopping done while vacationing.

2. Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach Pier
Source: Flickr/MargaretNapier

Located just 3 miles north of Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach is home to a wide range of attractions. Like other Los Angeles beaches, Manhattan Beach has its fair share of soft, white sand and cool, crystalline waves. The Manhattan Beach Pier is a paradise for anglers, offering a wide variety of fish just waiting to be caught. Be sure to rent a vacation house with a large kitchen so you can cook up some fresh local seafood for the whole family. The Pier also has an aquarium and a variety of fun eateries and shops for you and your family to enjoy.

3. Riviera Village

Redondo Beach
Source: Flickr/Britt Reints

Riviera Village is a welcoming community just a few blocks from the beach. It has a charming small-town feel that you’re sure to love. The village offers some of the best shopping and dining in the area, all easily accessible from anywhere in town. Of course, the main selling point of Rivera Village is its close proximity to the beach. Wake up early and take a refreshing morning stroll on the beach, and watch the sun rise as you listen to the waves crashing. What could be better than that?

4. Hermosa Beach

Hermosa Beach, California
Source: Flickr/Matt Machin

Nestled right between Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach is the perfect spot to look for a vacation rental if you want quick and easy access to both neighborhoods. It’s just a little over a mile north of Redondo Beach. The area boasts many different types of homes, so you can easily find a rental that meets your needs. The bustling downtown area offers plenty of restaurants, stores, and nightlife. “The Strand” is a popular section of the beach to visit for people watching, volleyball, cycling, jogging, and more.

5. Torrance

South Coast Botanic Garden
Source: Flickr/Tracie Hall

Torrance is one of the biggest cities in L.A.’s South Bay area. It’s a wonderful place to look for vacation rentals because there are so many choices. Whether you’re seeking oceanfront property in the “Hollywood Riviera” area, or a quaint cottage in “Old Torrance,” you’re going to be delighted with your options. Take a scenic bike ride down the Strand Bike Trail, or head to the South Coast Botanic Garden to explore the area’s stunning flowers and abundance of wildlife.

6. Hawthorne

CSI Miami Crime Lab
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If you’re willing to splurge a bit on your vacation rental, consider Hawthorne’s “Hollyglen” neighborhood, which is a delightful upscale community. If you’re feeling adventurous, Hangar 18 South Bay is a great place to enjoy rock climbing. Hawthorne Memorial Park is a great place to take the kids out for a day in the sun, as it features a three-story rocket ship playground structure with two long slides.

7. Lawndale

Alondra Community Regional Park
Source: Flickr/John Coke

Located just minutes from Redondo Beach, Lawndale is a wonderful small city with a great location. It’s a great place to look for vacation rentals if you’re on a budget, as there are plenty of affordable housing options in the area. While you’re there, be sure to visit the largest park near the beach, Alondra Community Regional Park. It offers 53 acres of natural beauty, including wooded areas, a lake, and an island with a native plant garden.

8. El Segundo

Marina Del Rey
Source: Flickr/Clotee Pridgen Allochuku

El Segundo gives you a homey small-town feel while still providing easy access to the big city. It’s another excellent location for those who are looking for budget-friendly vacation rentals. Check out the classic cars at the fascinating Automobile Driving Museum. If you enjoy golfing, be sure to tee off at The Lakes at El Segundo. Marina Del Rey is also nearby, and it’s the perfect spot for kayaking or paddle boarding.

9. Gardena

Johnson Park- Gardena
Source: Flickr/SPOHN RANCH

Gardena is a small city that’s just a quick drive away from Redondo Beach. If you’re feeling lucky, head to Lucky Lady Casino or Normandie Casino while visiting. If you’re looking for something a little more family-friendly, Gardena Bowling Center is a wonderful spot to enjoy a night out. Masfukai Park is also a fantastic place to bring the kids, as it features a large playground and a rec room. The skateboarders in your family can head to Johnson Park, an outdoor park with plenty of ramps to keep visitors entertained.

10. The Palos Verdes Peninsula

Pelican Cove, Palos Verdes Peninsula
Source: Flickr/InSapphoWeTrust

Known as “The Hill” among the locals, the Palos Verdes Peninsula has a wide range of vacation homes, including upscale oceanfront properties. The area is full of natural beauty, including a whole lot of rolling hills. If you enjoy horseback riding, this is the place to go, as the area was originally designed to be equestrian-friendly. Take the family on an outdoor adventure at Abalone Cove Shoreline Park, a massive outdoor area with two beaches, trails, caves, and plenty of spots for picnicking.