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Ports of Call

There are some great Ports of Call in the Southland. The Ports of Call in the old days were shops on the waterfront that sold goods that was brought in by ships from all over the world. The ship goods were usually tax free which is not what you are going to find these days, but the shops today, have a lot of great things that you would enjoy having or just looking at when you shop.

Dana Point
Dana Point Harbor is a scenic small boat harbor that had some shops geared to the seafarer type plus some great gift shops and popular restaurants. Sport fishing boats leave from here also the Catalina Island Ferry. From the 5 freeway take the Pacific Coast Highway/Camino Las Ramblas off ramp (approximately 15 miles south of the 405 and 5 interchange). As soon as you exit the freeway stay to your right. Then get in your left lane and turn left on Dana Point Harbor Drive. Chamber of Commerce # (714) 496-1555 or (800) 290-DANA

Long Beach
Called the Shoreline Village, this area lies in the Long beach Harbor. You can take the free trolley to Pine Ave. There are many shops, galleries, restaurants and nightclubs. There is a long walkway with many t-shaped piers borders the 1,800 slips. Shoreline Marina. Across the bay lies the Queen Mary, ship & hotel.

Alamitos Bay Long Beach
Sea Port Village holds shops, restaurants and more. This is where the famous Christmas Boat Parade of lights is held. The event is called Naples boat parade and you can get a ride in a Gondola around the area as well. They have a great hotel there also.

San Pedro
At the end of Saint Thomas Bridge is the road to San Pedro. Here lies “Ports ‘o’ Call” Village. Restaurants, import shops, nautical gift stores and one of a kind places dot this waterfront shopping area. There are helicopter rides or trips to the top of the sky tower. (310) 732-7696

San Diego
Built in 1980 and called Seaport Village it has about the same type of stores and restaurants and most others including flag, kite, curio, gifts and stuff like that. It’s kind of unique as the buildings are set in the style like Caribbean pirates lair or a Swiss chalet and Old Cape Cod type cottages. Most places like this have a glass blower but this one has unusually talented people and the items are exceptional. 849 W. Harbor Drive. (616) 235-4013

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