Rancho Palos Verdes Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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  • Tide Pool area where kids can explore the habitat
    Tide Pool area where kids can explore...
    by rudysmom626
  • Things to Do
    by rudysmom626

Rancho Palos Verdes Things to Do

  • The Spa at Terranea

    On Sunday, I spent the day at The Spa at Terranea - it was outstanding! My mother is a spa fiend, so I've had the pleasure of trying out some really amazing spas - but the Spa at Terranea was right up there on my list! I booked a 60 minute Sports Massage at 3:30 pm, so I had plenty of time to explore the Spa Grounds and get comfy. The Spa includes...

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  • Spa Pool

    The Spa Pool at Terranea is really quite beautiful - exceptionally planted and dead quiet. Since I booked a spa treatment for my second day, I had access to the spa pool and the spa faciliities all day long - it was lovely. Unlike the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, the Spa Pool at Terranea is open to spa patrons only - so you must have a spa reservation...

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  • Cielo Point Pool

    While I was a hotel guest for the weekend, my friends decided to come play with me at the resort for the day and our chosen hangout was at the Cielo Point Pool. The pool is 18 years and up, so no kiddies or crying, and lots of adults getting their sun on with a yummy bar. My only complaint is that when I arrived at 12:30 pm, all the chairs were...

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  • Bluff Top Trail

    While the resort has a lot of paths that traverse the property, many of the views that Terranea and Rancho Palos Verdes are famous for can be seen from the Bluff Top Trail. Starting at a parking lot on the far western side of the property, the Bluff Top Trail follows the coastline, with multiple “interpretative areas” where photographers, parents...

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  • The Beaches of Palos Verdes

    With the exception of Abalone Cove...most of these beaches are sans life guards so if you are not a competent swimmer- use caution. I grew up here and am used to the occasional rip tides and submerged rocks. Keep in mind that parking is not permitted in along the Drive. there is free parking on S. end of the Clubhouse at Trump National or Abalone...

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  • Hike the California Coastal Trail

    Just finished a small section of the California Coastal trail south of Abalone Cove. This is easy coastal hiking and when the trail is completed shortly the Palos Verdes sections should be some of the top sections in the state. This is easy hiking that can be done in Tevas or a cheap pair of Keds if that is all you packed. My wife has actually done...

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  • Hike along the shore

    Abalone Cove/Portuguese Bend is in the landslide area and often over looked. While the ground is moving it is safe to hike and there have been no injuries as a result. It is part of the Palos Verdes Land Conservancy's managed properties on the hill. It is a great place to walk a dog (dogs are not allowed on Abalone Cove beach), hike or just walk to...

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  • Hit the beach in the summer

    PV is not all rocks. If you can believe it, there are a few sandy beaches. *Please note only Abalone Cove State Beach has a lifeguard -during the summer.If you are confident swimmer go for it. The beach to next to Trump National is a popular beach for dogs as they are not allowed at Abalone Cove. Just around the point S. of Abalone cove is another...

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  • Explore the shore

    All of the coast along Palos Verdes/Palos Verdes Estates is public access. While many large homes dot the cliffs there are ways around all of them. Some are great for surfing (a few are locals only and enforced) and skin diving/spearfishing. For me they are a great place to take the dog down and cruise around on the rocks with a few beers in my...

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  • Watch the sun set

    Palos Verdes has not shortage of places to watch a killer sunset. Nelson's (complete with it's over priced drinks) is a favorite from time to time. There are other places as well such as the Interpretive Center to the left of the PV drive/Hawthorne Blvd intersection. Bring some wine/snacks and your gal/guy and you have a great time.

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  • Take out what you take in

    The ocean is my friend. Glass may breakdown but plastic does not. If you bring some drinks/snacks down to the water make sure you bring them back with you. There are plenty of trash cans along the cliffs in Palos Verdes to dump them in.

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  • Swimming

    There are numerous tidal zones along the coast of Palos Verdes to swim in. Some are sheltered from the surf and can actually get quite warm during the summer months. I tend to prefer a spot near the end of Hawthorne Blvd. Nigel in the pick below will swim just about anywhere even in 55 degree water. During the summer months you can take a mask and...

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  • Walk along the cliffs at Trump National

    Don't think much of Trump but the course he bought is cool and provides beach access (thanks CA Coastal Commission) In addition to a gravel beach that is dog friendly there are public trails along the bluffs that run the length of the course with picnic benches scattered along the way. This is a great place for photos or to take your significant...

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  • Abalone Cove Tide Pools in PV

    The drive to the tide pools is so nice you might be tempted to keep cruising and skip the tide pools completely. You might also be swayed to sniff around the Donald Trump Golf Course instead of visiting the pools. Honestly, if you're a looky loo like me..... you wont regret the skipping the pools to snoop all the huge PV homes. You can catch the...

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  • Hiking

    If you are in the South Bay and do not feel like driving to Hollywood or Malibu, Palos Verdes is a great option. There are plenty of places to hike. From easy walks in the many nature preserves or if you are adventerous and a bit sure footed you can head down a cliff face to the tidal areas below. Please remember to pick up your trash. There are...

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Rancho Palos Verdes Restaurants

  • An Adult Snack Bar

    Cielo Point is a snack bar that services the adult pool at Terranea. It’s open from 11 am - 5pm-ish. As we decided to lounge at the adult pool, we got beverages and food from Cielo Point and it was quite delicious. We got the Chunky Avocado Dip (basically guac, but it was really good - we got it 2X!), a turkey burger, and 2 of my friends got one of...

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  • Overpriced but delicious Sunday Brunch

    After my stellar experience at Catalina Kitchen's Saturday Brunch, I decided to return for Sunday Brunch the following day. While the service and food were still very good, I was a little disappointed - the Sunday Brunch option costs $68 dollars!! I simply wanted the exact same, perfect brunch I had experienced the day before - which was about $38...

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  • Yummy Coffee, Sundries, and even a...

    I got coffee here both days - it was tasty and no more expensive than your usual Starbucks/Coffee Bean prices. They also have a great variety of sundries - from really nice champanges already chilled to Manhattan Beach Creamery ice cream by the scoop and in to-go cartons... so you really have no need to leave the resort. On Saturday, they had a...

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Rancho Palos Verdes Local Customs

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    by rudysmom626 Written Aug 4, 2013

    When I first drove up to the hotel, the fog was unbelievable. Living in Santa Monica, I thought our Marine Layer was unparalleled, but the Marine Layer on the Rancho Palos Verdes Peninsula was something else! With that being said, the attendants at the Front Desk assured me that it does break off - and boy did it ever! So, while in other parts of LA the "June Gloom" will really get you down and make sunbathing impossible, just know that it burned off quite quickly at Terranea, despite my visit falling on the last weekend of June (aka PRIME June Gloom time).

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Rancho Palos Verdes Warnings and Dangers

  • by ppayne Written Feb 2, 2007

    The Palos Verdes Peninsula is a beautiful senic spot, but be careful if you go off the paved trails (particularly when visiting the Nike missile batteries around city hall or in areas around the Interpretive Center/Point Vicente Lighthouse/Long Point development), as the hills do have rattlesnakes. The chances are that you won't run into any, but if you do, back away slowly and carefully and don't provoke it if it's rattling. And always wear long pants or high boots if you plan to go off the trails.

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Rancho Palos Verdes Off The Beaten Path

  • by ppayne Written Feb 2, 2007

    Rancho Palos Verdes' city hall was at one point a military installation used to house "Nike" anti-aircraft missiles (back in the bad old days of the Cold War). The old batteries and bunker intsallations are there (without missiles, of course), and can be explored by the adventurous as a look at a a piece of Cold War history. The interiors of the bunkers themselve are sealed and not accessible, but the launch platforms and other exterior fixtures are still there. It's also an area that gives a beautiful view of Catalina and the Pacific, and is a prime spot for RC aircraft pilots.

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    • Hiking and Walking
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