Abalone Cove Ecological Reserve

Ocean views, tide pools, black sand beaches

Abalone Cove UrchinThe Abalone Cove Ecological Reserve features two beaches (Abalone Cove and Sacred Cove), tide pools, beautiful bluff-top viewing areas, and dramatic crisscrossing trails. The 64-acre Reserve contains a State Ecological Preserve with important natural marine resources and the bottom of the Portuguese Bend landslide area. Two promontories, Portuguese and Inspiration points, frame Sacred Cove with its sea caves, black sand, and rare plants.

The adjacent parking area (a fee is charged at the entrance), multiple picnic tables, and restrooms are not in the Reserve, but add to the options for public enjoyment of the area.

Click for Google MapLocation:
5970 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
Phone: (310) 377-1222

Abalone Cove UrchinParking:
$5 per car
$15 per bus
No charge for seniors Labor Day through Memorial Day

Park hours:
Mon. - Fri. 12 noon - 4pm
Sat. & Sun. 9am - 4pm
Memorial Day-Labor Day 9am-4pm
Closed: January 1, Thanksgiving Day, December 24, December 25

Downloadable PDFs

pdfAbalone Cove Habitat Restoration Plan [PDF: 2.84MB]

pdfAbalone Cove Reserve Trail Map [PDF: 254KB]

pdfPalos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Map (Natural Open Space Preserves on the Palos Verdes Peninsula) [PDF:4.5MB]