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Discover the Coast @ Point Vicente

A lighthouse sits high on a cliff that overlooks the Pacific Ocean.

Only minutes away from fast-moving Los Angeles, the Palos Verdes Peninsula is filled with natural beauty and majestic beaches while providing a great diversity of habitat and life.

Considered on of the most beautiful areas in the world, Point Vicente is the centerpiece of breathtaking coastline vistas, dramatic steep cliffs, gracefully rolling hills, and deep canyons.  It is a perfect gateway to Discover the Coast.

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View the historic Point Vicente Lighthouse that sits 180 feet above the ocean offering a memorable view of Catalina Island.  See nearby Whale Rock, part of the California Coastal National Monument.


Visit Point Vicente Interpretive Center featuring exhibits on the natural and cultural history of the Peninsula.  See the permanent California Coastal National Monument exhibit located within the center. 


Take a Day Hike along the California Coastal Trail that runs parallel to the coastline in most of this region.


Bring your binoculars and view the Pacific gray whale's annual migration from December through April.


Visit Bluff Cove Overlook, located at the north end of Palos Verdes Peninsula, for a stunning view of California Coastal National Monument rocks and the coast area of Santa Monica Bay.  This is a wintering area for shorebirds such as willets, marbled godwits, and plovers.


View harbor seals warming in the sun on the rocks at Point Fermin Park.


See marine life and the ruins of the 1915 Royal Palms Hotel at Royal Palms County Beach.


Explore colorful tidepools at Abalone Cove Shoreline Park and Ecological Reserve, accessible by trails.


For Divers Only:  An underwater nature trail is just offshore of White Point Beach.  Rocky reefs beneath the kep canopy provide habitat for marine life such as moray eels, sea cucumbers, giant keyhold limpets and California sheephead.


Shore-fish for bass, surf perch and rockfish at the Point Vicente Fishing Access area.  Find an access trail to the rocky beach from the viewing area. 

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Discover the Coast @ Point Vicente

Whale of a Day
Saturday, April 4, 2015, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Point Vicente Interpretive Center, 31501 Palos Verdes Drive West, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Join us for the 31st Annual Whale of a Day festival, celebrating the migration of the Pacific Gray Whale from its summer feeding grounds in the Alaska to the winter breeding and calving grounds in Baja, California. The event is free to the public.

Things to Do:

  • Take a tour of the of the Point Vicente Interpretive Center and see the permanent California Coastal National Monument permanent exhibit.
  • View a prominent California Coastal National Monument rock from the Point Vicente Interpretive Center observation deck. Bring your binoculars, you may see a whale pass by!
  • Take a tour of the Point Vicente Lighthouse (open until 3:00 pm).
  • Childrens of all ages will enjoy face painting, crafts, chalk drawing, story telling, live animals, exhibits, games, and more.

For more information, visit the Whale of a Day website and follow the activities on Facebook.

Parking and free shuttle service is available at Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall, 30940 Hawthorne Blvd., Ranchos Palos Verdes, CA. (There is no on-site parking at the Interpretive Center.)

Co-sponsored by the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and the docents of Los Serenos de Point Vicente. for more information, call (310) 544-5260 or go to www.whaleofaday.com.

Bureau of Land Management
California Coastal National Monument
20 Hamilton Court
Hollister, CA 95023-2535
Phone: (831) 630-5006
fax: (831) 630-5055
Contact us by e-mail

Last updated: 04-01-2015