At The Redondo Beach Pier, Consistency Is A Comfort
Unlike the bourgeoning culinary scene surrounding Manhattan Beach's pier or the established nightlife hub off Hermosa Beach's pier, the pier of Redondo Beach is just at the start of its impending renaissance. At the moment, its uneven wood-beamed floors support fishermen as they cast lines above the same waters where gray pelicans are keeping a watchful eye. Arcade games blink and ring away from the salty air, as they continue to entice children and their parents with the same ticket rewards that have unfurled from those machines for years. Ice cream cones, corn dogs, and fries mix with the smell of the ocean, and passers-by stop for a sweet indulgence. As the historical photos near one ice cream shop show, the styles of beachgoers have changed over the decades, but Redondo Beach’s lure for simple, fun entertainment has remained the same.
At twilight, when the sand begins to clear of towels and the Strand slowly empties of bikes, old friends meet at cozy bars and dates shuffle into casual restaurants. Soon enough, this pier will change. But now, it remains comfortingly familiar.