Abalone Cove Shoreline Park is actually two separate beaches, Abalone Cove and Sacred Cove. Located on the Palos Verdes peninsula, it offers spectacular views, including some of the best of the Catalina Islands from the park at the top of the bluff.
The main park area sits atop the bluff just off Palos Verdes Drive South. You will find a parking lot (access to the park is free, parking costs $5) along with a picnic area, as well as access to trails that criss-cross the park before leading down to the beaches. To access Sacred Cove, you will need to walk further down Palos Verdes Drive South and then take one of the two trails between Portuguese and Inspiration Points down to the beach. The hike down has a few steep parts but it is relatively short, taking about 15 minutes. But you might hardly notice given the breathtaking views along the way.
Much of the hidden beauty of Abalone Cove Shoreline Park is revealed when you make your way down to the beaches. It’s here where you will find sea caves, tide pools and an abundance of marine life. It’s common to find seals sunbathing on the beach, while the tide pools are home to sea stars, urchins, anemones, mussels, crabs, limpets, sea snails and hermit crabs, among other creatures. To fully enjoy the tide pools, it’s best to go at low tide.
Abalone Cove Shoreline Park isn’t a place to visit in flip flops. Not only will you need shoes for the hike down, but there are many rocks to climb over while you explore the tide pools. If you enjoy checking out reviews from others, the park has earned nearly perfect rating among Yelpers, and there are many photos to catch a glimpse of what you will experience on your visit.
Abalone Cove Shoreline Park
5970 Palos Verdes Dr S
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
Phone: (310) 377-1222
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