One of two rooms available. Just 0.3 mile from best beaches in San Pedro. Other room is "Harbor Lights and Beach Walks, too". Great restaurants. Close to all. Let us help you plan your stay here in our brand new home. LAX is about 23 minutes drive. Just in: On 3/28/17 we upgraded from a comfortable full size bed to a brand new queen-sized platform bed with hybrid mattress with medium firm memory foam (not the hot type). Pure comfort.
We are coming up on two years now in our new house. We have 2 AirBnb rooms available just 0.3 miles from where the LA Harbor breakwater meets the shore, with a protected swimming beach behind the breakwater and an easy walk to a "surfing" beach on the outside of the breakwater. We can hear the large breakers, sea lions, bouys, fog horns and even a haunting version of "Taps" most nights at 9 PM from Fort MacArthur--only a few blocks away. Guests enjoy the soft fountain from Yumi's Japanese garden that inspired one of our guests from France to do a beautiful water color. Several guests agree with us that the Sunday buffet at Ports o' Call Restaurant is the best buffet they have ever had anywhere (live music, dining in or outside, private rooms available, sushi, carving meat stations, "your style" pasta station,taco station, omelette station, crab leg station, cappuccino station, fresh bakery goods and desserts, huge salad bar, endless champagne or mimosas, AND A FREE 2 HOUR HARBOR CRUISE (1 hour also available) all for just $40 per person) ---all while watching the ships guided by tug boats, fire boats, barges, party cruise boats, and naval ships (during LAFleetweek), glide up and down the bay viewed from your table.
Cabrillo Aquarium is about a 5 block walk (free admission) and they host night grunion hunts when they are running (usually May - Aug). You can grab breakfast at The Lighthouse Restaurant, or Pacific Diner, or wonderful Rex's Cafe, then take a free tour of the Point Fermin Lighthouse 1 o 4 PM six days a week. We can see the Angels Gate Lighthouse at the end of the breakwater from our living room. You can sip a drink and watch from our upper deck the largest ships in the world as they glide in and out of the largest port in the US on their way to and from the farthest corners of the world. There is a boat launching ramp nearby, and group fishing or whale watching trips available. Ports O'Call Village is close by with shops and crafts and harbor cruises. You can select from choice seafood and have it cooked your way dockside, sipping sangria while mariachi bands play. There are water fountains timed to music spouting off at regular intervals, near the Catalina Island Terminal and a terminal serving huge passenger liners, on their way to Hawaii, Mexico, and who knows where. There are numerous museums, the USS Iowa (a battleship that is now a museum), Merchant Mariners Museum, the SS Lane Victory (pre-WWII floating museum), Japanese fishing village memorial, the Korean Friendship Bell, Wayfarers Glass Chapel and many other sights to see. We are less than 15 minutes from the Long Beach Convention Center, and have easy access to the 110, 405, and 710 Freeways (which puts us easy driving distance to LAX (23 mins.), Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, the Getty Museums, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Universal Studios, west facing beaches like Santa Monica and Malibu and south facing beaches such as Laguna, Newport, and Dana Point. Let us help you plan a hotel or camping trip to beautiful Catalina island with the best diving in California, great restaurants, marlin fishing, glass bottom boats, a new zipline, golfing, wild pigs and a herd of bison--and a rich history of Native Americans, a Civil War cavalry post, smugglers, pirates, and even ghost stories. There is a new craft center on 22nd St. with a new brewery about to open, a place to buy fantastic seafood EARLY Saturday mornings, and a Farmers Market on Fridays. Note: We put in all new, powerful central air conditioning this summer--(but, frankly, we seldom need it because of constant ocean breezes).
Guests use a coded entry and have their own room, closet, bathroom. There is wireless WIFI, coffee in the morning, kitchen privileges, living room/dining room and upper deck with a great view. We have information on many restaurants, from Mom and Pop places, to exotic Babouch (with belly dancing), and some of the finest seafood eating in California. We are close to passenger ship terminals, Catalina Island terminals, and about 23 minutes from LA International airport.
Yumi and Bill are often available to give suggestions, advice or to just hang with guests if they like it--but always respectful of privacy. Bill's Dad, Paul Weeks, was one of the ten most important writers of the Civil Rights Movement as a staff writer for The Los Angeles Times. We respect all people of all nations, races, religions, non-religious, sexual orientation and enjoy diversity--and we expect our guests to be tolerant of any other guests who may be staying here at the same time as they are here.
Contact us in advance and we can help you to plan out your adventures. Catalina Island can be expensive to stay during the summer months (about $400 a night for modest hotels) so you may want to take a $75 round trip the same day. It is less expensive in the winter (after Halloween) but the water is colder. There are places where the water visibility seems endless. We just bought non-allergy bamboo sheets but you must notify us well in advance if you would like them.
Treat others as you would like to be treated. No smoking, no pets, no loud music after 10 PM. Please rinse off beach sand with front hose.
I moved from Japan to live in California for good in 2006. I love to cook. Actually I published a cookbook, Yumi's Yummies. Bill is a teacher in Long Beach who wrote a novel, Gaijin Teacher; Foreign Sensei. We enjoy meeting people from all over the world and love to have wine/beer during the meal!!!