The Palos Verdes Peninsula offers some of the most beautiful coastline in the world! In addition to the dozens of “secret” coves located around the Peninsula accessible by small trails, there is public access available at the following locations (NORTH TO SOUTH):
- MALAGA COVE – Located at 301 Paseo Del Mar, in the city of Palos Verdes Estates.
A paved access path next to the Palos Verdes Beach and Athletic Club provides easy access to both a rocky and a sandy beach. Lifeguards are on watch on the sandy north end during the summer months. A good area for sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, surfing, and boogie-boarding.
- PALOS VERDES COVE – Located at 701 Paseo Del Mar, just below Palos Verdes Drive West, in Palos Verdes Estates.
A wide dirt path starts at the top of the hill, and meanders all the way down to the surf.
A popular beach for walking the dog, surfing, snorkeling and scuba diving. There are no lifeguards at this location.
- LUNADA BAY – Located at the 2301 block of Paseo Del Mar, in Palos Verdes Estates.
Access is available near the middle of the bay, via a narrow and steep dirt path.
A good beach for treasure hunting, surfing on the north end, and snorkeling and scuba diving on the south end. There are no lifeguards at this location.
- POINT VICENTE – Located at 6400 Palos Verdes Drive South, one mile east of Hawthorne Boulevard, in Rancho Palos Verdes.
Access to the beach via a relatively steep, well used dirt path.
Good beach for fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, treasure hunting and whale watching from January through March. Restrooms available.
- LONG POINT – Located at 6610 Palos Verdes Drive South, one and one half miles east of Hawthorne Boulevard, in Rancho Palos Verdes.
Access via a paved and dirt path, at the bottom end of the old Marineland parking lot.
Good beach for whale watching in season, snorkeling and scuba diving, and general coastline exploring. There is no lifeguard at this location. The parking lot is closed and locked at 4 p.m. daily. Telephones available.
- ABALONE COVE – Located at 5879 Palos Verdes Drive South, in Rancho Palos Verdes.
Access to the beach via a dirt path from the Abalone Beach parking lot.
A good beach for sunbathing, hiking, tidepools, coastal exploring, snorkeling and scuba diving. A lifeguard is available during the summer months.
- WHITE POINT – ROYAL PALMS BEACH – Located at 1000 Paseo Del Mar, near south end of Western Avenue in San Pedro.
Access via a paved road to a paved parking lot at sea level.
Good beach for sunbathing, picnics, tidepool exploring, surfing, snorkeling and scuba diving. A lifeguard is available during the summer months. The parking lot closes at 7:30 p.m.