Cabrillo Beach is a very accessible beach launch located in the heart of Long Beach. The beach here is large, and is a perfect place for families to gather for picnics. Paddlers can stay inside the calm, protected harbor, or they can venture outside of the break wall for more challenging conditions. Kayak fishermen will find Cabrillo very accessible with plenty of species to fish for. Also located here is the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, a small sized facility that is dedicated towards the research and conservation of Southern California marine life. The aquarium is located very close to the launch sites that are available in Cabrillo.
There is a bait barge located in the harbor, although you can certainly make your own bait with a sabiki rig and a fish finder. The inside and outside of the break wall are great places to find calico bass, sand bass, and other fish mixed in as well. Be careful near the breakwall, as the swells can become quite nasty even earlier in the day. Live and frozen bait on dropper loops can be very effective for targeting halibut. Halibut ranging from 30-40 inches are not uncommon here. The water quality inside the harbor is pretty poor, so we do not recommending keeping any catches there.
Exercise caution when paddling here past the morning hours, as afternoon winds can pick up and make returning to the launch site much more difficult. It is highly advisable to carry a VHF radio if you are venturing outside of the harbor, since the distance out is quite long and weather conditions can change very quickly. Many kayakers can only be rescued by lifeguard boats in the afternoon, so it pays to be prepared.
Air temperature in Cabrillo Beach ranges from the 50s to mid 60s in the winter and the 70s to low 80s in the summer.
Cabrillo Boat Ramp Launch (Cabrillo Beach)