You may know San Pedro as the cruise port of Los Angeles. What you may not know are all the reasons to spend time visiting this southern California city on the coast—especially if you’re in town to catch your cruise ship.
Created by the designers of the spectacular Bellagio fountain in Las Vegas, San Pedro’s version dances to music during daily shows. You’ll find the fountain on the waterfront near the cruise terminal. In fact, you’ll probably see it from the deck of your ship.
As the tuna fishing and canning capital, San Pedro was booming in the mid-1900s. Those days are commemorated by a giant tuna sculpture titled “Ghost Fish 107.” At first glance, the mesh fish appears to be partially filled with debris from the ocean. In fact, it is filled with maritime artifacts—floats, a brass porthole, rope, etc. The artwork was unveiled in December 2012 and hangs in San Pedro at Berth 73 at the Port of Los Angeles.
Arts and crafts
Check out Crafted, an expansive crafts market housed in a World War II-era warehouse set on the water. It is a newly created outlet for hundreds of individual crafts people, designers and makers of artisan food treats. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday with free parking.
Fish and chips
The moment you step through the door of the Whale and Ale, you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to jolly old England and right into an authentic British pub. The ground floor says it all with iconic British décor—oak paneled walls, a cozy fireplace and massive bar. The upstairs balcony is appealing for listening to live music (piano on Fridays, New Orleans jazz once a month), and there’s that requisite dartboard.
Come to the Whale and Ale for the award-winning fish and chips or beer by the pint. “People travel for miles for our beef Wellington,” boasts London-trained Andrew Silber, who opened his pub in 1995. It’s a dish you don’t find on menus much these days—except on cruise ships’ formal nights.
More to do
There’s much more to see and do in San Pedro, including the 1874 Point Fermin Lighthouse, the recently and beautifully restored Korean Friendship Bell, Marine Mammal Care Center, USS Iowa and the Los Angeles Maritime Museum.