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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
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I went out on this venture by myself and I couldn't have been happier. The hike down to the water was a breeze and it was amazing to see the view at the different heights as you... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 14, 2017
Olivia B
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Orlando, Florida
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Orlando, Florida
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017

I went out on this venture by myself and I couldn't have been happier. The hike down to the water was a breeze and it was amazing to see the view at the different heights as you descend. There was about twenty people enjoying the view, but I decided to risk falling in the water to walk on the rocks... More 

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Thank Olivia B
Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016

What a way to get up close and see star fish. Make sure you go at low tide! Take your camera as there are seals, Whales, dolphins swimming by!

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1 Thank marge m
Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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158 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016 via mobile

The trails along you might get some blisters if you don't wear the right shoes the tide pools have everything bring a camera bring some friends enjoy your day

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Thank Peter M
Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016

I liked this place better about 20 years ago when it was popular for gays and nudists; Nowadays it's like a lonely ghost beach with no one to talk to, and the people that do arrive are sometimes scary. On the plus side, it is a scenic area, great place to take photos.

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Thank lonelyG111
Los Angeles, California
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

In order to enjoy the tide pools, be sure to get there by low tide. We missed it by 90 minutes and we couldn't walk out very far. But we did see lots of wildlife, and the view is amazing. It's a slightly difficult walk from the parking lot, but worth it.

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1 Thank Adam B
Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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45 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

This is a wonderful treasure and great destination for a moderate hike. You can observe all kinds of sea life in the tide pools, including starfish, urchins and anemones.

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1 Thank olinmom
Colorado
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76 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016

This beach is a beautiful area that was not crowded on a summer/Saturday afternoon. The tide pools are legendary - but - unfortunately - most of them are off limits due to danger of rock fall. I would guess that the off limits area will remain in effect - for ever! - SAD! - But - the rest of the... More 

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1 Thank Susanne L
Pensacola, Florida
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580 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016

While the tidal pools were closed to falling rocks, this still ranks as one of our favorite parts of our LA visit. Being from NW Florida, I had no interest in going to any of the sand beaches around LA. However, what we don't have is awesome rocks and cliffs. Every part of this park was great, looking at the... More 

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Tehachapi, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

Beautiful place to stop and view the shoreline. There are many trails. It is a great place for kids to explore the tide pools..

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1 Thank Diana W
Long Beach, CA
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2016

Take a hike around the many trails (not too hard). There was a warning sign about rattlesnakes that "rattled" (excuse the pun) my 7 year old, but we did not see any. My 11 year old was excited and wanted to find a snake afterwards. When you get to the beach, it is rocky, but the beautiful. Continue walking and... More 

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1 Thank adelita_traveler

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