Budget travel guide to Redondo Beach
Redondo Beach is one of the cleaner beaches in the Los Angeles area. Santa Monica is one of the most popular beaches in the area with its action-packed pier, but don’t ignore this less-crowded beach that also has a pretty lively pier.
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What to do at Redondo Beach
Redondo Beach is great if you’re looking for a no-frills destination. First and foremost, just enjoy the clean, uncrowded beach! You can also walk along the pier to take in the views, with ocean on one side and mountains on the opposite side. Fishing is free, or pole rentals and bait are available along with kayak and paddleboard rentals. You can also visit Veteran’s Park, a massive local park, where you can picnic, jog, or just soak in the sunshine. On Thursdays, stop by the farmers market at the park for delicious local produce.
A huge, warm churro? Yes, please! Photo: Paige Bennett
Affordable restaurants in Redondo Beach
As soon as you have arrived, head straight for Churros Pier Bakery at the pier. Here, you’ll find huge, foot-long churros for cheap, but make sure you have cash, as this is a cash-only establishment. Paired with caramel, strawberry, or chocolate sauce, these churros are a must.
Aside from the churros, there are several dining options along the pier. Oriental Breeze offers affordable sushi and other Japanese fare. Old Tony’s has fresh seafood dishes and cocktails. For delicious, fresh local Thai cuisine, visit The Shrimp Lover, or indulge in tacos by the beach at El Cinco de Mayo.
Take in salty ocean breezes at Grandview Inn. Photo: Booking.com
Budget hotels in Redondo Beach
Ready to book your stay? Here are some surprisingly affordable hotel options in the Redondo Beach area.
Double rooms starting at $99
Located just 10 minutes from LAX, the Seaside Motel is an unassuming option with easy access to the beach via car (a 5-minute drive on a good traffic day), bike or public transit. Rooms offer basic amenities like fridges, TVs and Wi-Fi, plus enough room to stretch out.
Double rooms starting at $119
With a modern design and beachfront access, the Grandview Inn is a solid bet if you plan to hit the beach from sunrise to sunset. Rooms are sleek and spacious with flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and movie rentals and fridges. Rates tend to fluctuate, so book well ahead if possible; for a bit extra, you can score a room with ocean views, too.
Chill out by the pool at Redondo Beach Hotel. Photo: Booking.com
Double rooms starting at $149
Just a short walk to the pier and a plethora of restaurants, the inviting Redondo Beach Hotel includes extras like a hot tub, heated pool and fitness center, although you could just walk out the front door and swim, soak or run along the beach. Either way, you’ll enjoy this hotel’s modern, comfortable rooms; check when booking to grab a room with marina or city views.