San Pedro Photo Spots
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We've got some suggestions on great locations to get your shots!
Catalina Express & Los Angeles Cruise Ship Promenade It’s right under the iconic Vincent Thomas Bridge and next to the World Cruise Terminal. Nice shots of big cargo ships coming and going and cruise ships at the dock. Berth 95 on the Waterfront just north of the World Cruise Terminal
Pt. Fermin Park & Pt. Fermin Lighthouse The 1874 lighthouse and its beautiful grounds with heirloom plantings make for great shots. And the park is right along the ocean with views of the coast and Catalina Island on a clear day. (Do not climb on the fences around the park. It’s very dangerous on our outside them.) 807 Paseo del Mar, Peninsula (at the end of Gaffey Street)
Cabrillo Beach On the Hurricane Gulch side of the beach (open ocean), you can get nice photos of windsurfers, sail boats, and more. On the calm inner beach side, you will find people and the aquarium. And in between is the breakwater that leads to Angels Gate Lighthouse. The lighthouse is not accessible, but you can go a good distance on the breakwater for good shots. 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, Cabrillo Beach
Korean Friendship Bell The bell is a beautiful gift from the Korean people to Los Angeles and its ornate decoration makes for wonderful shots. And since it sits on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean, you can get photos of miles of coastline and the water (and Catalina Island on a clear day). 3601 S. Gaffey Street, Peninsula
Berths 46-49 You’re right at the end of the harbor at this spot, where you can get nice photos of the big ships coming in and out, sailboats, and SS Lane Victory, San Pedro’s historic Victory Ship. And once in a while you’ll find a cruise ship docked there at the Outer Harbor berth. End of Miner Street, Waterfront (Follow Harbor Blvd. to its end—it turns into Miner Street after crossing 22nd Street)
Historic Downtown San Pedro The buildings in San Pedro’s Downtown date from the early part of the 20th Century and you’ll find plenty of architectural features you’ll want to photograph. And don’t miss the Art Deco Warner Grand Theatre, which opened in 1931. (Especially nice at night with its neon glowing.) Between 4th and 9th Streets, Pacific Avenue on the west and Palos Verdes Street on the east
Banning Museum This wonderful Civil War-era museum offers beautiful Greek revival architecture, along with the livery stable’s Victorian-era construction, all set in the greenery and trees of Banning Park. 401 E. M Street, Wilmington
Terranea Resort From the Bat Cave to the rugged shores of the Pacific Ocean to the green expanses of the West Coast’s finest resort, Terranea is a place worth photographing. It’s right at the point of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. On the right day you might catch views of some migrating whales. And on any day you’ll get good photographs. 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, Peninsula
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