Destination guide

Surf, sand, and Angel's Gate in San Pedro

Sweeping ocean views and a relaxed surf vibe makes San Pedro a dream Californian destination. A 30-minute drive south of downtown LA, San Pedro sits between the chic communities of Long Beach and Rancho Palos Verdes. Book a San Pedro vacation rental overlooking the ocean and have access to San Pedro's 5 beaches. History buffs can enjoy the Fort MacArthur Museum and the Battleship USS Iowa Museum, while kids young and old will love the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. After a day on the beach, head to Angels Gate Park and watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean.

Things to do

Meet the grunions and the sea life scene in San Pedro

A San Pedro vacation rental is a great base for family adventures. Visit the USS Iowa, a battleship-turned-museum docked in the Port of Los Angeles. A must for history fans, the 45,000-tonne battleship served in World War II and the Korean War. A maritime museum since 1990, it's open to the public every day. Take the kids to get up-close-and-personal with a variety of sea life at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. Shake fins with a ray in the touch pool tank, and meet the grunions, a rare breed of fish that come ashore to lay their eggs.


San Pedro is all about sun, surfers, and sunken cities

Life in San Pedro revolves around the beach, and with 5 to choose from, you can visit a different one almost every day of the week. The LA surf set usually favor Cabrillo Ocean Beach, which sees plenty of good breaks. Swimmers and sunbathers should stick to the harbor side of the beach where the ocean is much calmer. Grab a picnic and head west towards Point Fermin, and at low tide you can see the Sunken City of San Pedro, the remains of a small neighborhood devastated by a landslide nearly a century ago.


Blissful hot summers, but beware of June Gloom

Thanks to a blissful subtropical climate, San Pedro is blessed with long balmy summers and a short wet winters, making it a haven for surfers and sun worshippers. Peak season runs between May and September, when demand for San Pedro vacation rentals is at its highest. It can get very hot in July and August, when temperatures smash through the 100-degree mark. Thankfully, San Pedro's cool coastal breeze makes it more comfortable. Watch out though for June Gloom - California's unpredictable weather pattern that brings high temperatures but cloudy, overcast skies.

Natural features

San Pedro's hiking trails have a view to thrill

A 30-minute drive south of downtown LA on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the small town of San Pedro is blessed with great beaches and sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. If you're more of a hiker than a surfer, venture 5 miles west and explore some of the 155 acres of the Forrestal Nature Reserve. Part of the larger Palo Verdes Nature Reserve, the trails are banked by wildflowers and have incredible coastal views. On a clear day, you can see as far as Catalina Island and the Santa Monica Mountains.

How to get there

Transportation to and around San Pedro

Fly into Long Beach, CA (LGB-Long Beach Municipal), the closest airport, located 10.2 mi (16.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Hawthorne, CA (HHR-Hawthorne Municipal), which is 13.1 mi (21 km) away.

Where to stay around San Pedro?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 457 vacation rentals near San Pedro. From 188 Houses to 27 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near San Pedro for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to San Pedro?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in San Pedro:

  • Coastal San Pedro: 21 vacation rentals
  • Central San Pedro: 22 vacation rentals
  • Fort MacArthur: 16 vacation rentals
  • Venice: 721 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 393 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to San Pedro?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in San Pedro. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Cabrillo Beach: 1,271 vacation rentals
  • Korean Bell of Friendship: 1,260 vacation rentals
  • USS Iowa: 1,493 vacation rentals
  • Warner Grand Theatre: 1,458 vacation rentals
  • Cabrillo Marine Aquarium: 1,273 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around San Pedro listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in San Pedro?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 188 Houses in San Pedro. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in San Pedro include:

  • Cottages: 27 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 163 rentals available
  • Villas: 7 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in San Pedro?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 88 vacation rentals with pool available in San Pedro. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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