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Abalone Cove Ecological Reserve

Attractions, Beaches Rancho Palos Verdes/Rolling Hills Estates
Abalone Cove
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Chris Kuga

Abalone Cove isn't exactly a beach chair and umbrella kind of destination—you'll need to trek down a cliffside path from the parking lot and the beaches are often rocky. But if you're willing to put in a little bit of work, you'll encounter easily the most scenic spot in the South Bay, with hikign trails that cut through the bluffs, tide pools along the shore and caves carved into Portuguese Point. Sections of the rocky park have been known to close following destructive storms, so make sure to check the status online before hitting the beach.


Venue name: Abalone Cove Ecological Reserve
Address: 5970 Palos Verdes Drive South
Rancho Palos Verdes
Opening hours: Daily 9am to sunset. Closed: Jan 1, Thanksgiving Day, Dec 24, Dec 25.
Price: Parking: Over 2 hours $12, 30 minutes to 2 hours $6, under 30 minutes free
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