San Pedro is an international seaport, located in the southern end of Los Angeles on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. This area is a working class residential area, with a large fishing industry, marina, and several cruise ship companies that dock here to load and unload passengers. Because the area attracts tourists who are launching on their voyages, there are many hotels and restaurants in the area, catering to the cruise ship clientele. There is also a marine museum and several historical attractions, including a Victorian era lighthouse, historic churches, a battleship, the San Pedro Waterfront Red Car Line, and the Korean Bell of Friendship. Promenades along the waterfront connect to many of these attractions, and locals and tourists enjoy the many sights in this area on foot. Pets are welcome if kept on-leash. There are even some cafes with outdoor patios in the area and some eateries may allow pets on patios—be sure to ask with the local establishments. You can enjoy sunny weather for walking and outdoor dining, year round in San Pedro. Rain and cool weather is rare in Los Angeles, and cool breezes off the ocean are appreciated by residents of San Pedro, especially in the summer.
San Pedro is a well developed, residential waterfront community, that slopes down to the waterfront. There are areas in the community with steep changes in elevation, as the road slopes towards the harbor. Also, some areas such as the San Pedro Canyon have hills and rougher terrain. The Bandini Canyon in the north also offers some more natural terrain for walking with your dog. San Pedro has a waterfront with harbor, marina and commercial developments supporting the shipping and marine industries. The area is predominately residential, with businesses inland to service locals, however the waterfront has many more businesses, including hotels and restaurants, catering to tourists, cruise ships, and marine industries in the area. Walking with your dog in the residential areas is quieter than near the busy waterfront, where industry and tourist traffic can be hazardous. Watch out when crossing busy roadways with your pooch.
The 22 Street Park is an 18-acre park located south in central San Pedro, with walking trails and bike paths. Promenades, pedestrian walkways and greenways connect the waterfront. The Harbor Boulevard greenway runs along the waterfront from Gateway Plaza Fanfare Fountain in the north and San Pedro Plaza Park to the south, and there are views of the harbor and marina if you stroll along this pedestrian way. Dogs must be kept on leashes in the area.
Bandini Canyon Park in the north features some more natural terrain, with trails to wander along for nature loving locals and their pets. Other more maintained and manicured parks in San Pedro include Rena Park, Peck Park, and Averill Park where you can enjoy some treed and open green space with your dog, or rest in the shade on a jaunt through the neighborhood.
If you have access to small watercraft, such as a paddleboard or kayak, you can teach your dog to ride along with you, and enjoy the sights and sounds in the area from the waterways.