The Pelican Cove SUP paddle in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA starts in Pelican Cove & goes down past Long Point & Terranea Beach to Vanderlip Park Beach. This paddle is one of my favorites since it can have some of the clearest waters I’ve ever paddled in Southern California. Also, on clear days you can admire Catalina Island from Long Point & if you are there during late winter & spring, might even get to see the Grey Whales migrating north. This Pelican Cove SUP paddle is open ocean & the put in is rocky, so only advanced paddlers should consider this paddle. A better option if you are not quite as sure with your skills as an advanced paddle would be to use the Terranea Beach as a put in itself in the Terranea Beach SUP Paddle.
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Whether you’re coming from the north or the south you’ll be on Palos Verdes Drive. If you are coming from the South you will have to go past Pelican Cove Park & make a U-turn at the Point Vicente Lighthouse back onto Palos Verdes Drive South. Then, make the first right after Point Vicente Lighthouse into Pelican Cove Park.
Address for GPS: 31300 Palos Verdes Dr S, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
All the parking is free at Pelican Cove Park, but fills up fast on the weekends. Usually, if you go before noon, you won’t have too much trouble finding parking. If you have a lot of options, try to park as soon as you enter the parking lot (right by the restrooms) since this is where the trail down to the beach actually is.
There is a public restroom at Pelican Cove Park, but no showers. A short walk on the Bluff/Terranea Trail & there are some drinking fountains, restrooms, showers, & restaurants scattered around the resort that can be used by the public, but they are quite a walk away.
The Pelican Cove SUP Paddle is for advanced paddlers only. Usually conditions are rough with a lot of current, wind, & chop along with the swell. There are also a LOT of rocks that go out of the water & some that are just below the surface. Another danger of this paddle is that the put in at Pelican Cove park involves walking over slick rocks to get the board in the water. Not to mention, to get to the beach, you will have to carry your board down the steep and narrow Toveemor trail from the parking lot to the beach.
Additionally, there is a LOT of kelp that you will need to paddle through. Be prepared for getting tired faster than you might ordinarily get.
Since you will be heading around Long Point, there is often a head wind when paddling back up to Pelican Cove. Know your limits & adjust accordingly. There’s never any shame is not going out when conditions are not ideal.
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