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Abalone Cove Shoreline Park & Ecological Reserve

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Address: 5970 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
Phone Number: 310.377.1222
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Nice mid-week hike

Loved my hike today. We round our way around the boulders and saw lots of fossils and different strata on the way down. The steep incline gave your calves a good workout. Happy... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 12, 2015
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New York, New York
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New York, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Loved my hike today. We round our way around the boulders and saw lots of fossils and different strata on the way down. The steep incline gave your calves a good workout. Happy I listened to the reviews about wearing sturdy tennis shoes. Lots of loose gravel and rocky inclines on way to the tide pools. Make sure you read... More 

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Delafield, Wisconsin
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We stopped while driving by and what a treat! We weren't prepared to get in the water but did walk the trail down towards the water which is easy to walk but sandy. You can do it cautiously in flipflops. Plenty of parking ($5) and clean bathrooms. Fantastic views, and we're looking forward to coming back and exploring the coves!!... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Now, when i was first planning my trip to LA I didn't include places like this. Sure Venice Beach was on the list, but this is WAYYYY better. We accidently parked in the archery range but they kindly asked us not to next time. So, go to the 5 dollar parking. the beach is rocky and you need to be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

I stopped to checkout Abalone Cove on a whim. I really wanted to checkout the tide pools but had no idea what to expect. I didn't do my research! Here is some info: -Parking is $5 -Short hike is required to access the tide pools and shore I didn't make it to the tide pools this trip, but I did... More 

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Pebble Beach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

GET the tide table! GO at low tide with appropriate footwear (it's worth investing in a cheap pair of fisherman's boots) and explore the tidal zone. On this visit, I saw purple urchin, a purple sea hare, electric blue anemone, chitons, hermit crabs, other crabs, assorted fish, and much more.

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Watertown
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

what a place to go make sure you wear sturdy shoes there is a little hike down from the parking lot to the beach but then there are two areas for tide pool viewing one small area close by and one larger area about a quarter mile to the point both have plenty of critters for viewing remember only use... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Abalone Cove is a good place to go explore without worrying about getting lost. it's a short decline hike to the beach area. There are other hiking trails that lead to the cliff above the "cave" The payoff of getting down to this part of the shore is worth every moment. The rocks, the sea life, the breeze and the... More 

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Toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

So nice to walk here....gorgeous views. Try to time it when the carpark is not full of tourist buses!

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Los Angeles California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

when the tide is down is great for kids in scout outings or family outings. take sturdy shoes or extra pair of shoes to walk on the rocky shoreline

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The Palos Verdes Peninsula has some of the most beautiful sea viewing locations in the South bay. Keep your eyes open on the trail going down to the shore. The shore is rocky. Not a place for a picnic or small kids. Also, Not a place to go swimming- very rough. You can "get away" there and enjoy the view... More 

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