Sunken City – San Pedro, CA

Sunken city is definitely a hidden gem near Los Angeles! If you love street art this place is definitely for you. Sunken city is located on the seaside cliffs in San Pedro California. It is a great place to spend an afternoon to explore and take in the natural wonders of the ocean mixed with the apocalyptic-looking urban graffiti art on the slabs of broken concrete. The ruins are remnants of pretty much a sunken city, a neighborhood that crumbled into the ocean in 1912.

You can park at Point Fermin Park for free. Then walk towards the gate on the cul-de-sac on the left hand side. Once you go through the hole under the fence (shown above), your adventure begins!

There is a steep slope with uneven terrain if you want to head down towards the ruins of Sunken City. It is recommend that you wear shoes with good traction.

The unique thing about this place is that the art is constantly changing each time you visit! You will encounter many people from different walks of life from teenagers partying to older couples enjoying an afternoon stroll. Remember to be cautious while exploring here.


Field Notes:

Location: 700 W Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro, CA 90731

Difficulty: Easy

  • Sunken city is sealed off from the public; you may or may not be trespassing.
  • Enter at your own risk.
  • Wear sturdy closed toe shoes; loose dirt, broken concrete, and broken glass bottles.
  • Pets may be brought as we saw a couple, but note there is a lot of glass.
  • If the artist is working on his or her artwork, be sure to be courteous and ask if you can take photos.


Explore more and stay safe,

The Wild Mile.



Things Nearby:

Point Fermin Light House – San Pedro, CA

Korean Friendship Bell – San Pedro, CA


Equipment Used:

Video shot with: dji phantom inspirecanon 7d mark iisigma 18-35mm f1.8flycam 3000

Photos shot with: nikon d5300tokina 11-16mm f2.8




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