Just south of downtown Los Angeles, San Pedro is a small seaside community best known as the home of the Port of Los Angeles. For those looking to soak in the sun, Cabrillo Beach is rife with swimmers, scuba divers, confused cross-country skiers, and windsurfers tackling the elements as massive cargo ships pass in the background. Cabrillo essentially spans two beaches: one oceanfront area where surfing is popular and a separate, more gentle area ideal for young swimmers within the harbor. The nearby, Frank Gehry–designed Cabrillo Marine Aquarium houses a wide range of aquatic creatures, including black sea nettles, jellyfish, and california sea lions.Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
A pile of dirty suits, blouses, and jackets sits on a doorstep. Suddenly, a truck pulls up, whisking away the soiled garments and replacing them with hangers of newly dry-cleaned and laundered vestments. The staff at Pacific View Cleaners time their complimentary pickup and delivery service (available on orders $50 or more) to each client's schedule, basing their high standards of customer service on more than 30 years of industry experience. Using 100% biodegradable, petroleum-free solvents, they expel stains, cleanse leather and suede, and remove odors, mold, and discoloration caused by fire, flooding, and mildew. When they aren't scouring sullied duds, they perform alterations and tailor pants for three-legged races. They also preserve wedding gowns in oxygen-free, moisture-controlled cases and back their work with a lifetime guarantee.
At each of Super Suds Dog Wash's self-service stations, pooches splash in waist-deep tubs as owners lather up their coats with tearless shampoo, conditioner, and deodorizer from built-in dispensers. Upon the first arrival, pet owners receive a punch card with 40 slots, each valued at $1, and eight of which can be redeemed for one 10-minute wash. Over the course of 10 minutes, dogs bask as owners massage products—including flea-and-tick shampoo—into their fur and warm, flowing water flows over pelts. A vacuuming function slurps away excess water, hair, and any hair extensions your dog might secretly be wearing. A blow dryer evaporates remaining water and fluffs squeaky-clean fur. Dogs with third-degree furriness or prima-donna hounds who take extra-long baths may require extra time, and each additional slot buys two extra minutes.
After the LA Kings complete games, SWAT team members end a shift, or Air Force firefighters finish dousing flames, they drop their gear at Super Clean. The Super Clean team can clean anything that fits in the machine and has the expertise to get foul odors, mold, and bacteria out of sports and protective equipment as well as other soft goods–from dog beds reeking of urine to costumes consumed by body odor or wetsuits smelling of stinky whale breath. Using eco-friendly solutions made from essential oils and a machine that holds each piece securely in place during the cleaning process, they prevent damage to both the environment and the items entrusted to them.
Not just launderers but garment-care experts, Knob Hill Cleaners restores and freshly cleans apparel of all fabrics. With a gentle dry-cleaning process, it puts everything from blue jeans to frilly dresses through a safe, waterless wash. Experienced with even the most cumbersome items, it can also cleanse household linens as well as some leather and fur.