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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
Map of Pelican Cove Beach
Rancho Palos Verdes, US
3:08 am, September 23, 2023
temperature icon 63°F
L: 63° H: 67°
Feels like 63.21 °F scattered clouds
Wind gusts: 1 m/s
UV Index: 0
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 6:42 am
Sunset: 6:49 pm
Humidity 91 %
Pressure1013 mb
Wind 1 m/s

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