While there is some dispute as to how Redondo Beach
was named, the Visitors Bureau suggests Redondo Beach might
descriptively refer to the land "around the willow salt flat" since maps
once named the region Sauzal Redondo.
In 1542, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed into the Santa Monica Bay and
discovered the beauty that local Native Americans already knew. In the
late 1700's through the late 1800's Redondo Beach was a rich farming and
ranching area that was part of the 43,000 acre Dominguez Rancho set
aside in the Spanish Land Grant of 1784.
Around the turn of the century, Redondo Beach proved a perfect deep
water harbor and fast became an important part of the thriving Los
Angeles area trade. Rail, sail and steamship lines served a thriving
lumber and shipping business. Redondo Beach was also a popular resort
stop providing recreation and rest for crowds of "inlanders".
The city incorporated on April 29, 1892 and, though eventually losing
the shipping business to the Port of Los Angeles, continues to be a
popular resort location, a thriving center of small and large businesses
and one the the most popular and safest places to live.
The City of Redondo Beach holds many treasures including the Pier and
International Boardwalk; Riviera Village, "town within a town"; the
Galleria shopping mall; King Harbor Marina; and much more.
It's also known as a Mecca for athletes. Numerous competitions in a
variety of sports include the upcoming Super Bowl 10-K Run. Miles of
bicycle and jogging paths, volleyball nets, excellent waves for surfing
and swimming and a sandy playground to enjoy all these activities in
keep visitors and locals on their toes.
Did you know? that Redondo Beach King Harbor is one of the best Bonito
fisheries in California because of the warm water outlet from the nearby
power plant which keeps these particular fish species in the harbor year
round. These fish are great fighters because they are related to the
tuna. Pound for pound it is the best fighting fish. Food wise they are a
little strong tasting, but if cleaned right away and put on ice they
taste like tuna. Most fish that are caught in Redondo Beach are edible.