Abalone and Sacred Cove, Palos Verdes
Hope you guys are not tired of coves, tide pools and red, layered cliffs. A few weeks ago, I published some photos of Pelican Cove located in Rancho Palos Verdes. I have continued hiking around the area and was able to visit a place that was on my sight for quite some time.
Abalone Cove Shoreline Park is a 64-acre reserve containing important natural marine resources and the bottom of the Portuguese Bend landslide area. The reserve features two beaches (Abalone Cove and Sacred Cove), tide pools, beautiful bluff-top viewing areas, and dramatic crisscrossing trails. There are two promontories (Portuguese and Inspiration) from where you can have a bird’s view of the coves. There are several miles of trails so make sure to get a map before visiting (there are several online).
The tide pools in Abalone Cove can be described as brutal. The rocks, which several sea creatures call home, look like a cake with many layers. It is like the forces of natures conspired to create various sets of stepped terraces in here. When you enter the park, you receive a piece of paper detailing the more than 25 species you can find in the tide pools. It wasn’t my lucky day (the tide was too high). I only saw a couple of stars, anemones and sea hares.
The views from Portuguese Point are breathtaking. I was able to have a good look at Catalina Island. It is also interesting to observe the “dark spot” formed by the tide pool rocks. The contrast against the deep blue seas makes the views even more fantastic.
After jumping over rocks, climbing steep hills and getting lost among the dry bushes, I can say I got that Mediterranean feeling. I am not trying to get into clichés in here but I got that sweet sensation gorgeous places can only give you. That may be the reason why developers choose this area to build the ultra expensive Terranea resort.
Enjoy the photos!
Promontory separating Abalone Cove from Sacred Cove. The entire lenght of Catalina Island is seen in the distance.
Have you seen coves like these? Let me know in the commemts section.