One of the many great things about California is that it is built for people to walk/bike/blade etc. People are active and there are leisure trails as well as bike trails for ones trek to work or play.
There is a metro bus system as well and Redondo is about 15 miles from LAX
If you have a lengthy layover in L.A. at the airport (8hrs+), or better, have a day or two to kill and want to see and feel the charm of leser known Redondo Beach, it is possible to check her out via public trans, bus-rail. It's not too complicated to go- it's easy as 1-2-3 or Airport-Metro Rail-BCT bus.
(1) Take the FREE "G" (Green Line) shuttle located on the lower street airport levels to the Green Line Aviation Station. Shuttles run 24/7, from 10-15 min. Wait for the GreenLine heading to "Redondo Beach". Signs are clearly noted at station and on actual rail.
(2) Board the Green Line Redondo Beach (rail line) 'til the very end of route (Marine Ave). Exit and head towards bus pick-up area. Cost: Buy TAP card for $1 at machine. Then load $1.85 for the Metro-to-Muni ($1.50 regular fare for Metro + $.85 for transfer to connect to BCT bus ).
(3) Catch the BCT (Beach Cities Transit) 102. Ride 'til the end of route to the pier. Cost: Show Metro-to-Muni pass for free connection, otherwise pay $1.00 one way regular rate
Total trip time from airport including estimated wait time is from 1.5- 2 hours. Same for return trip. If stuck early in the day at LAX and want to escape to the South Bay for cheap, this trip is very doable, without worrying to get back in time. Last time for BCT 102 to head back to airport is 7 PM M-F, 7:50PM on weekends (time ssubject to change slightly).
Go to "Metro.net" and put in "Metro Green Line Redondo Station" and "Redondo Beach Pier" as starting and ending points on the TRIP PLANNER feature to do sample trips.
See non-regular fare prices on metro.net
BCT 102 runs from 6 AM to 8 PM.
Pick up a free BCT schedule on board to see other possible destination stops. Usually there are some paper schedules available.
Sit back and relax on the BCT bus, which has been very comfortable every time I've been on board and there may very likely be popular music playing on board for enetrtainment (pop/rock).
If you don't get a car at the airport, you will need to get to your hotel in Redondo somehow. The two big choices are taxi or shuttle.
The shuttle was about $12 a person, while a taxi costs about $25, no matter how many people. For long trips, if I was on my own I went via shuttle (Super Shuttle), but if I had one or more other people with me we always tooka taxi, it is just easier and faster.
Depending on what you want to do in Redondo or LA, a car might be the best choice.
There is some public transportation, such as buses or the Metro. Check out the bus schedule, it may work for you as they have pretty good routes to downtown, Disney, Venice Beach, and other locations.
Another option is Metro, the problem with this is that the routes are limited and it does not even reach most of Redondo Beach. You will likely need to get transportation to and from the nearest Metro stop if you stay in Redondo, which would add up quick.
If you will be traveling all around Southern California with Redondo as a base, definitely get a car and try to stay away from the 405 at peak times.