Everyone knows about Southern California’s famous sandy beaches, but have you explored the lesser known stretches of coastline around the Peninsula? The Palos Verdes coves and cliffs create unique and beautiful settings for beach lovers willing to travel a bit off the beaten path. If you want to get away from the summer crowds or just explore a new beach or park, you’ll want to hit up these 6 locations this weekend.
Abalone Cove Shoreline Park
Abalone Cove has tide pools, trails, bluffs, sandy beach, and rocky beach all in one location. Have a bluff top picnic and take in the beautiful scenery or hike down to the beach to swim or explore the tide pools. Relax on the stony stretch at high tide and you’ll be in for a treat: the thousands of loose, smoothed stones get picked up by each wave coming in and create an underwater clatter when they settle back into place. Low tide is of course the best time to observe wild life in the tide pools, so plan your visit accordingly. The park is open an hour before sunrise until an hour after sunset and the parking lot is open 9 AM to 4 PM. (30 minutes free, $6 for 2 hours, $12 for over 2 hours.)
Point Vicente Light House & Vicente Bluffs Reserve
The nearby Point Vicente parks offer similar seaside scenery but with flatter and easier trails running atop the bluffs. Parking is free at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center or further up the trails along Calle Entradero. The Interpretive Center has exhibits on the area’s wildlife, history, the iconic lighthouse, and whale watching. The park has plenty of shady spots under trees to relax and cool off after a hike.
Bluff Cove Trail & Shoreline Preserve
Taking the trail down to the Shoreline Preserve is a little more challenging than the previous parks but it’s definitely worth it. From street parking on Paseo Del Mar, you can hike down to the trail running along the coast or branch off to (carefully) traverse the rock formations jutting out into the water.
Nelson’s at Terranea
After working up an appetite exploring the Peninsula, consider stopping by Nelson’s at Terranea Resort for cool drinks and a casual dining atmosphere. With outdoor seating overlooking the coast, the views from Nelson’s are on par with those of the parks and preserves. Happy hour is 2-5 Monday – Friday and can offer deals like two slider burgers, fries, and a drink for $12. Check out their menu to see all the fine food and drinks available.
Terranea has valet parking and a small lot or street parking for public beach access. The free parking will put you a few minute’s walk away from Nelson’s on foot. Check out the resort and beach on the way.
Malaga Cove Plaza
If you’d prefer to bring a picnic to the Peninsula beaches, or have a meal in a cozy, Spanish style market, then you’ll want to stop in at Malaga Cove Plaza. You can sit down at the Yellow Vase or the Malaga Cove Ranch Market, get prepared food to go, or fill a cooler with goodies. The Ranch Market has a cafe, deli, and international groceries. Yellow Vase excels at breakfast and brunch fare and also has delicious baked goods to go.
The Plaza also hosts events like the Art Show on the Lawn, every third weekend of the month this summer. Local artists will be bringing their paintings, crafts, and jewelry August 17-18 and September 21-22.
Palos Verdes Farmers Market
Another local option for stocking up on picnic supplies if you’re out Sunday is the PV Farmers Market. There’s fresh fruit and veggies from a variety of vendors, freshly baked bread, and cooked food like crepes and tortas available. Palos Verdes Peninsula High School hosts the market from 8 to 1 on Sundays. While the market isn’t as large as it was when it was held in the shopping center, it’s a convenient stop to grab some fresh food when exploring the Peninsula.
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