The Palos Verdes Peninsula is about 23 miles south of downtown L.A. and includes four cities: Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes. The beaches, stretches of sand and rocky coast -- some of it difficult to access -- have avid local fans of all ages. The peninsula provides some of the most dramatic coastal terrain in Southern California, with ample tidepools and rocky cliffs. Misha Burton, 4, of Hawthorne collects rocks and seashells at Abalone Cove Shoreline Park, where there are tidepools, bluff-top pathways and access to a rocky beach. For more in this series exploring Southern California's beaches, visit our Cruising the Coast page.
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