South Bay (Los Angeles County)

The South Bay region of Los Angeles County in Southern California has many of the fine beaches of its neighboring areas on the West Side, with a wide variety of atmospheres, from high-end and yuppified to still-expensive beach raffish. This is also where you will find the Harbor Area of Los Angeles, an industrial section which along with adjacent Long Beach makes up the busiest shipping port along the Pacific Coast. South Bay is also the launching point for many ferries to Catalina Island.

Cities

South Bay map

Other destinations

Understand

The local weekly newspapers Easy Reader and Beach Reporter cover the South Bay. Each has event listings. Easy Reader tends to be more "in your face" in its style, Beach Reporter more "home-town booster." The Torrance-based Daily Breeze offers state-wide and national news along with the South Bay focus.

Get in

The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is located at the northern end of the region. From there, the 405 Freeway cuts across the South Bay on its way to Long Beach. Paralleling the 405 but operating on surface streets is the Pacific Coast Highway (CA-1), which runs closer to the coast. The 110 Freeway cuts north-south through the region, making its way north through South Central to Downtown L.A., while the I-105 and CA-91 freeways make their way east through the Gateway Cities.

Get around

Driving is the primary means of getting around the South Bay, although there is a degree of bus service offered by several overlapping transit agencies: the county-wide Metro service, Beach Cities Transit (Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, and El Segundo), GTrans (Gardena), and Torrance Transit.

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