Frequently Asked Questions about
Palos Verdes Beaches



Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How much is the entry fee for the beaches around the Palos Verdes Peninsula?
  2. What are the new fishing restrictions for areas around the Palos Verdes Peninsula?
  3. Where is the closest place I can rent a bicycle to ride around the Palos Verdes Peninsula?
  4. Where can I learn to paint some of the beautiful scenery along the coast?




1. How much is the entry fee for the beaches around the Palos Verdes Peninsula?

There are no entrance fees for the beaches shown here. Parking is free. Some of the beaches along the southern side of the peninsula, such as Shoreline Park at Abalone Cove and Royal Palms Beach, do charge a parking fee.


2. What are the new fishing restrictions for areas around the Palos Verdes Peninsula?

For the Palos Verdes Peninsula the two affected areas are Point Vicente and Abalone Cove . They have become State Marine Conservation Areas (SMCAs). The area from Long Point at the Terranea Resort around Vicente Point to the northern boundary of the Point Vicente Interpretive Center is a no take zone. No fishing is allowed. This includes the well-known fishing access area south of the lighthouse.

The Abalone Cove SMCA extends east from Long Point to Portuguese Point, which includes Abalone Cove. Here recreational spearfishing for pelagic finfish, Pacific bonito, and white sea bass is permitted, and market squid can be taken by hand-held dip nets. Limited commercial fishing is allowed.
For complete information, see
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
For a map of the affected areas, see
California Marine Protected Area Map


3. Where is the closest place I can rent a bicycle to ride around the Palos Verdes Peninsula?

A number of places are found in Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach as well as in Long Beach.


4. Where can I learn to paint some of the beautiful scenery along the coast?

A great resource is the Palos Verdes Art Center. They offer classes and workshops for all ages and skill levels. A number of instructors offer plein air painting classes along the coast.