Port-O-Call Village - San Pedro Portions of San Pedro are also known as “Los Angeles Waterfront” and “Port-o-call Village”. The town is part of the greater Los Angeles city and is home to the Port of Los Angeles. This may not sound like a major tourist destination, but it is a fun and enjoyable place for both locals and visitors.

The Port-o-Call Village Plaza offers several seafood restaurants, gift shops, a cruise ship terminal, and the Battleship Iowa Museum. A cobblestone walkway connects the shops with nice views of the harbor and the Vincent Thomas Bridge, which connects San Pedro to Terminal Island.

Metro Bike Share has a station next to the USS Iowa. You can pay and rent a bike for $1.75 per half-hour or get a discounted rate if you buy a pass. Occasionally, they offer a 30-day pass for $1.

Important note: Pot-o-Call Village is closed for a major remodeling, but many of the restaurants are still open. Check here for details.

Dining

There are numerous dining options in the village. You can enjoy a sit-down meal at a highly-rated restaurant or grab a sweet snack from a vendor. Some restaurants offer weekend and holiday brunches.

Ports O' Call Waterfront Dining

This highly-rated surf and turf restaurant offers a wide selection of steak and fish dishes. They also have a daily happy hour from 3 to 7 PM and a Sunday brunch.

If you like to sample a collection of their best appetizers, try the Chilled Seafood Tower.

If you are very hungry, try the Deep-Fried Whole Bass or share it with someone.

The balcony seating overlooks the channel with the best views of passing ships.

San Pedro Fish Market and Restaurant

At this place, you can order seafood from the menu or buy your own seafood and have them cook it to order.

If you are in a hurry, order fish-and-chips, clam chowder, or calamari from the fast-food counter and take it to the huge outdoor patio.

The menu offers a wide variety of dishes to satisfy any appetite. For a sampler of food, choose their fried fish plates or fish kabob skewers.

Acapulco

If you love Mexican food, stop by Acapulco restaurant, where you can enjoy traditional Mexican cuisine in a family-friendly dining experience.

On Sundays, they offer an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet. Fill up on breakfast and lunch favorites with made-to-order omelets or tacos.

Battleship Iowa Museum

USS Iowa The USS Iowa was commissioned in 1943 and served through WWII and the Korean War. It was also used during the Cold War. This battleship also hosted three presidents and earned the nickname "Battleship of Presidents."

Since 2011, the battleship has been on display at the Port of Los Angeles, with daily self-guided tours. San Pedro is a fitting final resting place for this warship since it was the home of the US Battle Fleet from 1919 to 1940.

The ship is very impressive the moment you lay eyes on it as you approach it from the parking lot. It is even more awe-inspiring as you walk on the decks and under the largest guns (16"/50 caliber) on a U.S. Navy ship.

As you traverse the halls of this ship, you get a glimpse into the lives of sailors on board and learn about the history of this war machine.

Interesting fact: Did you know that President Roosevelt planned the invasion of Normandy from aboard this ship?

The museum is operated by the non-profit Pacific Battleship Center (PBC) with the help of many volunteers who are always happy to explain the various exhibits.

I especially enjoyed exploring the sailor living quarters, mess hall, and meeting room, where the D-Day invasion was planned.

At the end of the tour, you can browse through the gift shop and enjoy a flight simulator ride.

Beaches

San Pedro has several nice beaches, some of which are within walking distance from Port-O-Call Village.

Cabrillo Beach

This popular beach area in San Pedro offers several activity options and is only about a 45- Cabrillo Beach minute walk from Port-O-Call (LA Waterfront).

This historic beach is named after Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, a Portuguese explorer who was the first to sail up the California coast.

The beach includes an aquarium, pier, watersports youth center, and walking trails. It also has the historic Bath House building, which was the last bathhouse built in California in 1932. It is now used for restrooms, showers, a snack bar, and community meeting rooms.

Adjacent to this beach, you can find Point Fermin Park, with hiking trails, a playground, an amphitheater, and a picnic area. The park is located on bluffs overlooking the ocean.