Abalone Cove Shoreline Park – Smuggler’s Cove

Point Details

Nearest Town: Rancho Palos Verdes
Location: Palos Verdes Dr. South near Peppertree Dr.

Nearest Milepost
Mile Number:

33.739065593759, -118.37060741462 ↗

Trail Section


Three trails access two sandy swimming beachs from this point (see map). No parking any time on Palos Verdes Dr. Park use is restricted to daylight hours. Tidepools are an Ecological Preserve - nothing may be taken. A bluff top trail encircles the Inspiration Point peninsula providing superb ocean and shoreline views. Excellent whale watching spot. The cove was formerly used as a nude beach because of it's beauty and seclusion. This is now prohibited by city ordinance. Coastline routes both downcoast and upcoast from Smuggler's Cove are impassable. A large seacave is located near the end of the west bluff (Portuguese Point). Ocean waves pass through the cave at low tide


  • Beach Trail
  • Fishing
  • Hiking Trail
  • Impassable Spot
  • Natural Surface Trail
  • Other
  • Other Coastal Access
  • Path to Beach
  • Prominent Natural Feature
  • Public Transportation
  • Signage
  • Surfing
  • Viewpoint

Aerial Photo from California Coastal Records Project

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