California Travel Tips

2016 Polar Plunges

Published on: December 07, 2015


We’ve traveled the state of California, seen most its beaches and attended quite a few New Year’s Day plunges. If we have to pick a favorite, it’s the annual Cabrillo Beach Polar Bear Plunge in San Pedro (shown in photo).  Here’s why:

San Pedro’s Cabrillo Beach Polar Bears Plunge Jan. 1, 2016

  • It’s FREE.  Most plunges charge a fee, sometimes as much as $20! This event doesn’t.
  • It’s OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Some plunges are for members only, which means you have to pay to join.
  • It’s BIG!  Up to a thousand or more attend this event!
  • It’s FUN! The Cabrillo Beach Polar Bears crown the 2016 King & Queen. They usually do the Grunion Dance, too!
  • It’s AUTHENTIC. It promotes health and community. Many participants swim daily in the Pacific Ocean.
  • It’s got HISTORY. The first New Year’s Day swim in San Pedro was more than 60 years ago, and  there are plenty of memories.
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