Cabrillo Beach

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Cabrillo Beach, 1947

Cabrillo Beach is a historic beach located in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California. It is named after Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, a Portuguese explorer who was the first to sail up the California coast.[1] Cabrillo has two separate beach areas.


Los Angeles City Lifeguards and Los Angeles County Lifeguards are responsible for the beach and ocean safety in and around the Cabrillo Beach area.


Cabrillo Beach is located next to the Los Angeles Harbor and is 20 miles from Catalina Island.

Water Sports[edit]

Cabrillo Beach is a popular destination for those interested in water sports, such as swimming, windsurfing, kitesurfing, kayaking and scuba diving.

Cabrillo Beach is known by 'Turn-of-the-Century Sailors' to windsurfers alike, as "Hurricane Gulch" because of its predictably strong westerly winds.


It is also home to a few famous landmarks, namely the 1.75 mile Los Angeles Breakwater which ends at the Angel's Gate Lighthouse, the recently restored Cabrillo Beach Bathhouse, and the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. The Angels Gate Lighthouse is home to the annual Angel's Gate Lighthouse Swim competition, held by Lifeguards and San Pedro residents each summer.


  1. ^ Mike Schaadt; Ed Mastro; Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (15 December 2008). San Pedro's Cabrillo Beach. Arcadia Publishing. p. 9. ISBN 978-0-7385-5997-1. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 

Coordinates: 33°42′40″N 118°17′02″W / 33.711°N 118.284°W / 33.711; -118.284