There’s a beautiful bit of coastline in Palos Verdes.
The weathered cliffs, tide pools and sea caves are reminiscent of Montaña de Oro. At only 35 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, Palos Verdes is a good stand-in for the Central Coast for a weekend day trip.
We added a 6 mile hike to our beach visit by parking at Del Cerro Park and hiking down to the coast through the Portuguese Bend Reserve. The area is filled with well-marked side trails so you can choose to lengthen your hike or take the fire-road directly down.
We meandered a bit, but luckily got to the beach at low tide so we could explore the tide pools and rocky outcroppings. We snacked at the entrance to a large sea cave before heading back up, 3 miles and 1200 ft elevation gain to our car. But it was worth it to feel transported up the California Coast for an afternoon. ▲