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The South Bay is the southern part of the Santa Monica Bay located in the southwest corner of LA County. The Bay is also known as the “Queen’s Necklace” because the lights from the homes and buildings that line the beach sparkle at night like jewels on a queen. The South Bay consists of fifteen cities, eight of which have beachfront property, and is bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the south and west and the City of Los Angeles on the north and east. The Beach Cities consisting of El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance and the Palos Verdes Peninsula cities have some of the best, most innovative and award-winning schools in the country!

Fun Facts: One of the largest flocks of wild parrots in the United States lives in the South Bay. If you heard squawking in the sky, look up, as these bright green and orange beauties are usually flying in big groups or perched in many of the palm trees around town.

Fun Facts only South Bay locals know…

  • If you dress up for a night out you’re probably not from here. Flip flops and board shorts are welcome just about anywhere in the South Bay.
  • You don’t have to get on the freeway to get to LAX! Smart locals know to take PCH to the airport!
  • South Bay is called “the Bubble” for a reason. There’s so much to eat, see and do here that it’s hard to leave! Plus, if traffic on the freeways is bad, it can take forever to get somewhere outside the bubble!
  • The start of summer is the worst time to hit the beach! June Gloom takes over most of June and sometimes into July. The best beach weather is mid August through early October, when most of the kiddos have gone back to school.
  • Everyone has had a Special C at El BJs (otherwise known as El Burrito Jr.). If you haven’t, its worth a try!

If you dress up for a night out you’re probably not from here. Flip flops and board shorts are welcome just about anywhere in the South Bay.

You don’t have to get on the freeway to get to LAX! Smart locals know to take PCH to the airport!

South Bay is called “the Bubble” for a reason. There’s so much to eat, see and do here that it’s hard to leave! Plus, if traffic on the freeways is bad, it can take forever to get somewhere outside the bubble!

The start of summer is the worst time to hit the beach! June Gloom takes over most of June and sometimes into July. The best beach weather is mid August through early October, when most of the kiddos have gone back to school.

Everyone has had a Special C at El BJs (otherwise known as El Burrito Jr.). If you haven’t, its worth a try!

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El Segundo

El Segundo, part of Los Angeles County, is located on the Santa Monica Bay and is the northernmost city in the South Bay. In Spanish, it means "The Second” and was given that name because it was the site of the second Standard Oil refinery on...

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Hermosa Beach

Hermosa Beach is the smallest beachfront city (1.43 square feet) and is bordered by Manhattan Beach to the north and Redondo Beach to the south and east. The city’s motto is “The Best Little Beach City.” Hermosa means “beautiful” in S...

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Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach is in the choice coastal edge of Los Angeles County, just 17 miles from downtown Los Angeles and five miles south of Los Angeles International Airport. The city is known as "The Pearl of L.A.'s South Bay" and was immortalized in...

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Palos Verdes Peninsula

The Palos Verdes Peninsula is a landform and a geographic sub-region of the Los Angeles area within southwestern LA County. Located in the South Bay region, the peninsula contains a group of affluent cities in the Palos Verdes Hills, including...

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Redondo Beach

Redondo Beach, located just south of Hermosa Beach, was named after the nearby land grant Rancho Sausal Redondo (which translates to “ranch of the round clump of willows”). It’s also home to King Harbor, the only marina in the south bay w...

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Torrance

The City of Torrance, which covers roughly 21 square miles, is part of the South Bay and is located in southwest Los Angeles County. A municipality with the eighth largest population in LA County, the City is bordered on the southwest by one...

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