The southwest corner of Los Angeles County, the South Bay includes all of Los Angeles’ Beach Cities – Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach – and all LA communities west of Long Beach, south of the 105 freeway.
The Beach Cities – or Bay Cities – are some of the best known cities in South Bay, mostly due to their renowned beaches – silky sands, clear waves, and pleasant piers – and the lifestyle the beaches create – think sunning, surfing, and skating the Strand, a paved path that runs along the beach from Redondo Beach north to Santa Monica. South Bay’s Beach Cities go metro, too – downtown Redondo Beach hosts wine-tasting galleries and boutique fashion.
South Bay’s Location in Los Angeles
South Bay is bordered by west Los Angeles at its north, the Gateway Cities – Long Beach, Compton, Huntington Park — at its east, south Los Angeles at its northeast, and the Pacific Ocean at its west.
South Bay’s Weather
Ocean breezes keep South Bay’s weather fresher than the rest of Los Angeles. On average, South Bay reaches highs of 77°F (August-September) and chills lowest at about 49°F (December-January).
Los Angeles’ MTA buses run throughout South Bay, throughout Los Angeles at large. Los Angeles Metro Green Line light rail runs mostly east-west, from Norwalk to LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) to Redondo Beach, and connects to the Blue Line subway, which runs north-south from Long Beach to downtown Los Angeles. The Harbor 110 Freeway runs through South Bay and connects to major freeways the Ventura 134 Freeway, Hollywood 101 Freeway, the 5, and 210. The San Diego 405 Freeway, Gardena CA/SR-91 Freeway, and Century 105 Freeway also are traffic arteries throughout the South Bay.
South Bay’s kindergartners through high school seniors are served by various public unified school districts; Manhattan Beach Unified School District is especially notable as one of California’s best performing school districts. South Bay is also home to a handful of universities, such as California State University Dominguez Hills, the private Loyola Marymount University, and community colleges Los Angeles Harbor College and Torrance’s El Camino College.