About Pelican Cove Beach in Rancho Palos Verdes, California
Pelican Cove Beach is below a parking lot on the southbound lanes of Palos Verdes Drive just south of the Point Vicente Park and Lighthouse.
This beach was formerly known as Point Vicente Fishing Access, but ironically in 2012 the ocean waters here became Point Vicente State Marine Conservation Area. This new “no take” designation means that fishing is no longer permitted period.
The steep access trail, called the Toveemor Trail, begins at the north end of the parking lot and takes you to a rocky beach that is now best suited to tidepooling and scuba diving.
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy has protected nine acres of the bluff where this access trail descends to Pelican Cove. Walking trails head south from the parking lot and meander along the bluff top in front of the Terranea Resort and Golf Course. This is an excellent spot for whale watching during their migration.
An interpretive center and museum are nearby at Point Vicente Park. Across the street is Alta Vicente Reserve with several more hiking trails to explore. The park is open 1 hour before sunrise and 1 hour after sunset.
- 31300 Palos Verdes Drive S
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
- Park Name
- Pelican Cove Park, Vicente Bluffs Reserve
- Other Names
- Point Vicente Fishing Access, Toveemur Rock
- City Beach
- Pet Details
- No dogs allowed on the beach
- Scuba Diving, Whale Watching, Walking, Tidepooling
- Restrooms, Walking Trails, Tide Pools
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