Cabrillo Beach and Marine Aquarium in San Pedro, CA

imageSan Pedro highlights the international seaport of Los Angeles where fishing industry prospers. Β You’ll sure notice that driving towards this coastal end.

if you’re interested, go check out The Korean Bell of Friendship.

And make sure to visit Cabrillo Beach and Marine Aquarium.


Parking is a staggering a dollar per hour! Keep in mind that this is still in LA where most of the parking fees can go from ten dollars to a riff-off big five-O. The beach area offers children’s parks, volleyball, table tennis, children’s indoor playroom, surfing spots, etc.


The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is designed by world-renowned architect, Frank Gehry. See the building here – Frank Gehry’s Architectural Works in California.Β 

The admission fee is a whopping $0!!! Donations are encouraged.

They have different shows/special displays at different times/days. Mine happened to be the Tidepool Walk where people can dip their fingers to some anemones and starfish.

This is my most favorite from their exhibit. What I call glow in the dark fish, or what they call Garibaldi (even the name is cool).


The usual favorite, the jellies.



They have humungous lobsters, gargantuan starfish, some interesting-looking snails and other interesting sea life creatures. I decided not to show pictures as to not to crowd this post. Plus, I don’t want to spoil everything for those who might be interested in coming here. πŸ˜€

I’ll focus on these fascinating camouflaging aquatic creatures. Can you see any?


This next one is easy, but….


This flatfish is so fascinating. They really change color depending on their surrounding. Here it changed to white….


Can you even see it? Ha!

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Exhibits include the aquarium itself, Aquatic Nursery, Exploration Center, and a research Library… all that for free and a very cheap parking spot for all the beach fun you want.

And because of the fishing industry all over San Pedro, at night, the waterside gets illuminated like its Christmas all year round…

Last Calls…






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  1. well rommel – I am honored – truly! thanks for the feature my friend – and I will be back later to leave a comment about this post – but as I leave that cool image of the skateboarder in the swing is sticking with me – the verticals and the whole composition is just very cool. okay thanks again πŸ™‚ ❀

    • You got a cool blog, Y. Hey, I commented on that post but can’t see it. I love my ‘nutheads’ comment :D. Please see if my comment went to spam.

      • Ok. I will check, and you have a cool blog too my friend – thanks for the sophomore slump BUMP!
        oh – and in this post – the last call images were my fav – the final three had a feel all their own and felt like I was almost looking through lens and then focussing the way you placed them there…. but then the aquatic animal shots are so Pacific feeling and the nice “Garibaldi” – I agree – cool name too πŸ™‚

        • yes, it did go to spam – sorry – I never even think to check that – and thanks so much for catching my humor there – it feels so good. πŸ™‚ peace

  2. Although all the aquariums are pretty much looking similar they are never boring. Everyone can stay and watch the ocean life for hours. I’ve visited few of them Sidney (Australia), Chicago (USA), Toronto (Canada), couple small one’s in Germany and enjoyed them a lot. You are good promoter. Every time you find the right words and photos to intrigue the reader and persuade him to visit this place. Thank you for sharing!

    • And you are so right about aquariums being redundant (I’ve been to a lot as well) but are never boring. You caught it, Alex. This is a small installation. No big tank. Visitors can dash through it very quickly. But if like me, anybody can always find a kick out of anything, anywhere. πŸ˜‰ And the beach really is an added activity for visitors.

    • I don’t know about that. But they are my favorite aquarium subject to photograph.
      Seriously, finding parking and paying parking fees sometimes really make me think twice of visiting Los Angeles. I’m glad this one is only $1 per hour.

    • I’m very glad for the second mention of the skater on the swing. I was feeling iffy about that shot. I didn’t think the awesomeness of the shot was obvious. πŸ˜€ Thanks for the feedback Syl.

  3. Very rare to find a place like this for free ! I’m sure though it is well supported by donations sometimes I think that works better , hopefully those that can afford will reach into their pockets . or maybe I’m being unrealistic .
    Great photos Rommel – you’ve just reminded me to book another eye test πŸ˜€ I would love to dip my hand in and play with those little pudgy starfish πŸ™‚

    • The one is San Diego is Birch Aquarium. They have mad display of seahorses or jellyfish, depending on seasons. Thanks for the comment and visit, lulu.

  4. There’s something so magical about the creatures beneath the sea, Rommel. A lovely little smorgasbord, your gallery. Oh no- I don’t mean to eat!!! 😦
    The 3rd shot had me in a swoon. I only ever once saw La Jolla and it looked like this. πŸ™‚

    • Yup. Somehow, this is a resemblance of La Jolla. Remotely, but it really does. I know it’s a reminisce for me too. Plus, La Jolla also has a small Aquarium Exhibit.

    • Ow, those cliffs are blocking the sunset. Cabrillo Beach is not exactly the place for sunset viewing esp. this time of the year. But hey, you can eaasily get to the other side of those cliffs. And, it’s near Long Beach where you find lots of familiar beaches.

  5. Maaaan, My eyes can’t get enough of all of that…Too much going on everywhere !! lol
    What an awesome post, I loved every single thing you shared, That California badge in the beginning looks amazing ! Then the views are pretty eye pleasing to look at…And the jelly fish shots are so magical !

    Flat fish one was a great surprise, Awesome shot ! What a sneaky little flat guy that is ! πŸ˜€

    And Glorious last few images to wrap up the post. I thoroughly enjoyed looking and reading everything. Thank you for sharing this experience with us since I can’t visit this place πŸ™‚

    P.S OMG as if the post wasn’t awesome enough by itself you had to go and mention cold play too !! I love those songs you mentioned. There days my favorites are ‘Ink’ , ‘Always in my head’, ‘True Love’ from their album Ghost Stories!

    Wow this was long, so I better go now. Have a spectacular weekend Rommel ❀

  6. A fun day I can tell, I am a huge fan of aquariums…and the jellyfish shots are a big reason why. Great shots, and I am intrigued by their life (envious a bit!). Great write up ~ you should present this to the CMA marketing team! Also, the 3rd shot was incredible, silhouettes are great. The paths you have taken is impressive, finding these hidden jewels ~ and we are all waiting for more. Cheers to a good week Rommel!

  7. Your photos brought back so many memories! I grew up in Pedro, about 1/4 mile from the Korean Bell, Fort MacArthur Annex. If you want sunsets, take in Point Fermin Park and the bluffs, and the lighthouse there. At night, listen to the fog horn (or as I called it growing up, “my moo cow” in Los Angeles. If you’re really lucky, a spectacular full moon rise in the fall from the Gaffey Street viewing point overlooking the harbor just can’t be beat.

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