The South Bay can be a magical time during the holidays. The Manhattan, Hermosa, and are not to be missed. Even if you don't celebrate the holidays, you could go just for the sales and free food.
Speaking of shopping and food, there are a lot of amazing places to go for shopping and eating in the South Bay. This being the case, I haven't seen friends in months—years, in a few sad cases.
We moved to Redondo Beach knowing that we could live in a nice neighborhood that would be affordable and close to everything that L.A. has to offer. Now that we live here, I have become a Redondo Beach/South Bay hermit. I rarely leave, and when I do, I feel that I need to go back—at least before Sprouts closes. Everything I need is right here.
Sure, I leave for the occasional concert (Tori Amos this Sunday!), but for the most part, we happily eat at Bamboo Thai and shop at the plethora of stores of Redondo Beach and the surrounding areas. We have the with a , a mini choo-choo train for toddlers and a . All three of these places have excellent customer service.
There is Riviera Village, which hosts a that would not be complete without a killer gelato at afterwards. I could go on, but in regards to Redondo Beach's attributes.
Do we ever have to leave Redondo Beach with , and in such close proximity? Sure, there is the occasional trip to a museum, zoo or Disneyland (OK, I go a lot), but we rarely need to step outside of the confines of our idyllic area to have a full day. Whether it be a day of fun at the park, a day of fun shopping, or a day of drinking wine at your neighbor's house while your kids tear apart the furniture, it's just a few blocks away in any direction.
I used to drive all the way from Pacific Palisades to Torrance every year to see the Sleepy Hollow lights. It took me forever. This year, I don't have to get on the highway to see Sleepy Hollow and Candy Cane Lane in El Segundo. A is just down the street. An amazing before-Christmas sale? Up the road. Like most people, traffic turns me into a beast of a person, so I try and avoid it at all cost.
Do you ever need to leave, Redondo Beach?