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Abalone Cove Shoreline Park

Abalone Cove Shoreline Park features two beaches (Abalone Cove and Sacred Cove), tidepools, bluff top viewing areas and trails crisscrossing the area. You can see sea urchins, sea stars, sea hares and sea anemones in a pristine tidepool setting but remember, this park is an Ecological Reserve and taking of protected animals and marine life is prohibited. Click Here for a photo tour of the preserve.

For the 2019 Hike Schedule, please click HERE (this is a two-page PDF file with a map on the 2nd page to the park locations.) [Note: Rain cancels. Following a rain, check trailalerts.rpvca.gov for closures].

There is direct access to a parking lot off Palos Verdes Drive South. Access to Abalone Cove Beach is by a long trail from the parking lot. To access Sacred Cove, users must walk along Palos Verdes Drive South to one of two trails between Portugues and Inspiration Points. Lifeguards are on duty at Abalone Cove Beach during summer hours and weekends only. The views of the ocean and Catalina Island are spectacular.Barbeques and fires are prohibited at this site. Dogs are prohibited on the beach; however, on-leash dogs are permitted in the upper picnic area and on designated.

Docent-led tours are available by calling 310-544-5309.

Click HERE for a PDF* copy of a paper prepared by Docent Cindy Blindbury which gives a description of the various tide pool creatures found in the Abalone Cove tide pools. 

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Park Hours:
  • Park grounds open everyday from 9 a.m.- Dusk
  • Parking Lot Entry Way opened 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. ONLY
  • Closed Thanksgiving; Dec.24th & 25th; Jan. 1st
Parking Lot Fees:

 First 30 Minutes FREE; 30 Minutes to 2 hours $6; Over 2 Hours $12; Buses $55; Seniors 62+ and Handicapped are FREE year-round

Location/Contact
     5970 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes [MAP]
     310-377-1222
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