Pokémon Go Takeover: 7 Best South Bay Spots to Catch ‘Em All

Spotted: Magmars, Ghost and Rare Pokémon Go

Written By: Tamara Philips Pokémon Go 

The new free-to-play mobile game that was released this month, Pokémon Go, has taken over Southern California—and the nation, for that matter. The GPS-focused game with real locations has quickly become one of the most used apps in the U.S. And according to Survey Monkey, since July 11, the game has 21 million daily active users—aka this is the biggest mobile game in U.S. history. Within days of its release, it has attracted more users than Twitter. And as of July 19, T-Mobile is thanking users by issuing free Pokémon Go data to all of its users. Needless to say, this has officially become a national gaming phenomenon.

However, there are risks to hunting these virtual creatures in public places. In fact, this week two men even fell off a cliff in Encinitas in the effort to catch ‘em all. One woman in Missouri found a dead body while on her hunt. Fire departments and police stations are issuing warnings for players to “look up, phones down” and to pay attention while crossing streets. So, be safe and happy hunting! Here are some epic (and safe!) spots to play in South Bay, Los Angeles.

Veterans Park: Redondo Beach

Hunt for virtual Pokémon creatures underneath the shade of the trees at Veterans Park.

Polliwog Park: Manhattan Beach

The only time you’ll find a bunch of adults hanging out at a park is for Pokémon Go. And the best part, there’s no shortage of Magmars here!


Redondo Beach Pier

There are always plenty of lures around the Redondo Beach Pier and high chances of running into rare Pokémon.


Venice Beach

The friendly people of Venice Beach even want to share their beer and Rare Pokémon with you!


Alondra Park: Lawndale

Alondra Park is great for nighttime Pokémon hunting. There are plenty of lures and Pokémon here. And who knows, you may even run into a Ghastly or another type of Ghost Pokémon when you’re hunting at night.


Santa Monica Pier

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This is THE spot to be for Pokemon Go. Last week hundreds of people flocked to the Santa Monica Pier to hunt.


Fresh Brothers Pizza

2008 Sepulveda Blvd,
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Native Knowledge: Use Google Maps to download the offline map of your area to reduce battery and data use.

Catch ‘Em All in South Bay

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Tamara is SoCal born and bred with Dutch roots. With an English degree from Vanguard University, she is thrilled to be part of the LOCALE editorial team. She enjoys reading, eating green bell peppers, petting other people's dogs, and cooking/baking while singing into a kitchen spoon to Broadway show tunes.


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