Portuguese Point is part of a larger region along the coastline of the Palos Verdes Peninsula known as the Portuguese Bend, a stunning area of pristine habitat and vegetation that holds a tremendous amount of ecological and scientific value. Named after Portuguese whale men during the mid-1880s, the region was deemed unsuitable for development and suffered numerous major landslides, thus keeping it preserved in its near-natural state as it has been for thousands of years.
Portuguese Point is located within the Abalone Cove Ecological Reserve, a 64-acre reserve that contains two beautiful beaches (Abalone Cove and Sacred Cove), miles of crisscrossing hiking trails, sea caves, black sand, tide pools, abundant marine and wildlife … and of course the beautiful views.
A visit to Portuguese Point will bring you to the bluff-top viewing and picnic area, from which you can catch some amazing views of the ocean and Catalina Islands before traversing down part of the five miles of trails to the beach and cove areas. There are parking areas and restrooms just outside the reserve, and trail maps can be found here to get you started.
Along with the ocean views, there’s quite a bit to see at Portuguese Point while you also get a good workout on the popular hiking the trails. For some photos of the views during the different seasons, and a more detailed explanation of the various trails, visit CAopenspace.org. There are also some helpful reviews and photos of Abalone Cove Shoreline Park posted on Yelp.
It might take more than one trip to take in all that Portuguese Point has in store, but the views and natural habitat are some of the best Southern California has to offer.
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