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Royal Palms State Beach Pictures and Information  -  San Pedro



Royal Palms State Beach in San Pedro is operated by Los Angeles County Lifeguards. The sign above says it's a county beach, so all we can figure is that it shares honors with the state, perhaps.  A children's playground, public parking (190+ spaces), restrooms, fishing, surfing and tidepools are all options for a day of fun at the beach at this location. Lifeguards are on the beach during daylight hours. Contact the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors at 310-305-9546 Southern Surf Report (310-379-8471). Location: 1799 Paseo del Mar, San Pedro, CA


Royal Palms State Beach is located adjacent to Rancho Palos Verdes which is a city located on  the southwest side of Palos Verdes Peninsula. That city is bounded to the north by Redondo Beach and to the south by San Pedro.  The peninsula is made up of four cities: Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes and Palos Verdes Estates.  Rancho Palos Verdes is the newest of the bunch, incorporated in 1973  as a 13.6 square mile community with over half made up of coastline and beaches. It's population of over 40,000 enjoys ocean views, rolling hills, parks, horse, hiking and bicycle trails and few, if any, industrial businesses.  Though many residents are tied to commercial work and jobs in the nearby Los Angeles harbor and in the space and technologies industries in cities such as Torrance, they leave the work behind when they go home to the peninsula.


Frank Vanderlip can be thanked for that. He was president of National City Bank in New York and one time owner of the peninsula. When he acquired the property in 1913 from  the Jotham Bixby family, he rode horseback, surveying  the land and imagining its potential as a residential mecca. Awe inspired, he called in design experts who created set back requirements, prohibited billboards and imposed a system of  architectural review on builders administered by the Palos Verdes Homes Association and the Palos Verdes Art Jury to set the tone for a newly formed development. 


Gone were the early days of California in which Rancho de los Palos Verdes was divied out like so much of the soon-to-be state was, as land grant deeds. Don Delores Sepulveda received this parcel in  1822 for his support of the Mexican Revolution.  He held the land for 60 years.


Today, tourists flock to see the splendor of the ocean and to enjoy the natural resources. One way to discover its treasures is through docent- led nature hikes.  Los Serenos de Point Vicente docents conduct guided tours of the Ocean Trails Project. The walks begin at the public parking lot at the end of La Rotonda Drive off of  Palos Verdes Drive South. Docents lead hikers through paved trails along a bluff and  a habitat corridor.   They provide information about the history, geology, marine ecology and habitat restoration work of the Ocean Trails project. Participants should wear comfortable shoes and bring a small bottle of water.  Tours last approximately two hours. No reservations required. Monthly walks led by PVP Land Conservancy 310-373-0202 

Ocean Trails Golf Course with Pacific Restaurant open  to public, One Ocean Trails Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA  90275   Info:  310-265-5525    Internet:




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