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.

Please note: The City of Rancho Palos Verdes has closed Cave Trail, all of Sacred Cove and a portion of the tide pool area located at the base of Portuguese Point in Abalone Cove Shoreline Park for public safety due to falling rocks and unstable cliffs above. The closure will remain in place, pursuant to RPVMC 12.16.090, until the issue is resolved and until further notice. Please contact the Recreation and Parks Department at (310) 544-5260 or parks@rpvca.gov for more information.

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

Abalone Cove UrchinParking (effective July 15, 2015):
Seniors 62+ and Handicapped are FREE year-round

All others:
First 30 Minutes FREE
30 Minutes to 2 Hours $6
Over 2 Hours $12
Buses $55

Park hours:
Park grounds open everyday from 9am - Dusk
Parking lot entry way open 9am - 4pm ONLY
Closed: January 1, Thanksgiving Day, December 24, December 25

Downloadable PDFs

pdfPreserve Rules [PDF:483KB]

pdf2019 Abalone Cove Habitat Restoration Plan [PDF: 2.64MB]

pdfAbalone Cove Habitat Restoration Plan [PDF: 2.84MB]

pdfPublic, Authorized BEACH ACCESS and Shoreline Vistas in Rancho Palos Verdes [PDF: 1.16MB]

pdfAbalone Cove Reserve Trail Map [PDF: 1.10MB]

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