Beauty abounds at White Point/Royal Palms Beaches, a hidden gem located between Palos Verdes and San Pedro that is bordered inland by the White Point Nature Preserve. Not only are there ocean vistas and views of the Catalina Islands from the park atop a 100-foot bluff, but the rocky shoreline below is a natural habitat with boulders, rock formations and tide pools that provide a habitat for small marine animals. The tide pools host communities of sea urchins, sea cucumbers, hermit crabs and starfish.
The main entrance at the top of the bluff includes a small park and children's playground along with bathrooms and a grassy area that includes picnic tables. To access the beach, visitors can walk or drive down the paved road, which is steep.
The upcoast area, considered Royal Palms Beach, features a promenade along the water that is shaded by Palm trees and has picnic tables, barbecue pits and bathrooms. Nature trails will take you to explore the surroundings or watch the waves crash against the rocks.
The downcoast area, known as White Point Beach, is less accessible, more raw environment that is most stunning when the tide is out to expose rare rock formations. Boulders line the shore and surround ruins of mineral baths that were once part of the White Point Hot Spring Hotel.
BeachCalifornia.com and LAist.com offer a look at some of the history of White Point/Royal Palms Beaches along with a few photos.