I had a home in Redondo Beach overlooking the Santa Monica Bay. From those Southern California days here are some of my photos of the piers along the South Bay beaches between Santa Monica and San Pedro.


This is the Redondo Beach Pier and Harbor, with the Santa Monica Mountains across the bay to the north. The Redondo Pier is horseshoe shaped and the water around it is clear and green as an emerald.

RB Pier - kites

Below are photos of the Hermosa Beach Pier. Hermosa Beach is the next city north of Redondo.

HB Pier II V

Hermosa Pier III 400

HB Pier III V Piers at Sunset


HB060W Hermosa Storm Waves 6

Next, this is the Manhattan Beach Pier. Manhattan Beach is just north of Hermosa.

Light Shafts 300 copy

On the MB Pier

MB Pier 1

Me & MB 3

MB Pier

MB Pier 2

View from End of MB Pier

Above is the view from the end of the Manhattan Pier.

If you’ve been following this series of A-Z posts, you’ll know that I also lived for a while in Naples, Fla., on the Gulf of Mexico. Here are my photos of the Naples Pier.

Naples Pier

Naples Pier peach clouds

Naples Pier 1

Naples Pier 3

Naples Pier 3 1

Naples Pier at Sunset

–Samantha Mozart

11 Responses to Piers

  1. The Naples pier brings back memories. Was there November 2014. So beautiful. Thanks!

    • sammozart says:

      It is beautiful. Glad I was able to bring back some memories for you, Suzanne.

      Thanks for coming by to visit me here on the A-Zs.

  2. @IsaLeeWolf says:

    Such gorgeous photos! I don’t know what it is about piers, they really spark the imagination.

    • sammozart says:

      Thank you, Isa Lee (I hope I’ve got your name right). There is something about piers that endlessly fascinates me.

      Thanks for coming by. Nice to meet you on the A-Zs.

  3. All the reasons I love SoCal, Samantha, and put up with traffic and high-everything prices here. 🙂 I lived in Redondo Beach for five years — on Huntington Lane, off Grand Ave, not far from the Galleria Mall. We had a townhouse there. It was a five-minute drive to the beach and we spent an inordinate amount of time there, either for exercise, pleasure, or at El Torito for beer with chips and salsa. Nowadays Hermosa is overruled by college kids and wannabe poets, and Manhattan is getting very ritzy. As for Redondo, it’s jokingly referred to as Recondo, as so many houses are demolished and turned into condo complexes.
    I have a soft spot for South Bay in my heart. We go for a drive once or twice a year. Thank you for sharing. Lovely to see all the familiar places.

    • sammozart says:

      Ah, El Torito, yes, Silvia. Brings back memories. I think Hermosa was always the hippy, poet place — even some of the streets are named after poets; and, Recondo — so sad that all those charming beach bungalows were lost, all in the sweep of a few years, too. Money. We lived in the Hollywood Riviera mostly. For a while I lived on Elvira Ave., parallel to Broadway and Catalina Ave., just off Knob Hill.

      Yes, all the reasons we love it, despite the traffic and high housing prices.

      • sammozart says:

        Oh, I just had to add this, Silvia — you’ll love it: When we first arrived in SoCal, we rented a two-bedroom garden apt. in the Hollywood Riviera/Redondo, overlooking the Santa Monica Bay, just a couple blocks from the beach, for $127/mo. That was in 1967.

  4. Gwynn Rogers says:

    Ahhhhh, the California piers bring back so many memories. Do you remember the Triathalons… swimming, rowing, and surfing? How about the volleyball contests? The beach is a fun place to be! Thanks for the memories!! 😉

    • sammozart says:

      I had a haircut customer who did the triathlon. More power to him. I do love the piers. I lost a red, dangling earring off the Hermosa Pier when I was looking over the rail and it dropped into the Pacific. I often wonder where it is now. Great memories for me, too, Gwynn.

  5. Pat Garcia says:

    Your night scene photographs just made my day. Especially the one with the sun going down. I think it is Redondo Beach. It is perfect. I needed to see these tonight.

    Visiting from the A to Z Blog Challenge.

    Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

    • sammozart says:

      I guess if you’re talking about the upper ones, that’s Hermosa Beach, the long pier with the really tall pilings, Patti. From that pier one night I donated a red earring to the Pacific. It just fell out of my ear into the water. There is something comforting about those photos. I think I saw The Prophet just there, too, standing on the shore in the near darkness. 🙂 I will have a Redondo “Sunset” — that’s its title — photo coming under “S”. (The lower sunset photos are of the Naples Pier.)