The Terranea 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 Terranea SUP paddle is open ocean with a rocky put in, so only intermediate to advanced paddlers should consider this paddle. If you are an extremely advanced paddler & want more of a challenge, check out our guide for the Pelican Cove SUP Paddle that is right down the street.
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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 & planning on entering the water via Pelican Cove, you will have to go past it & make a legal U-turn at the Point Vicente Lighthouse back onto Palos Verdes Drive South. Then, make the first right after Point Vicente Lighthouse for free parking in Pelican Cove Park. Parking at Pelican Cove usually fills up by about noon on weekends. Alternatively, if you plan on going to Terranea Beach, continue past Pelican Cove Park until you hit the light & make a right at Terranea Way. See parking below (& map above) for where to park at Terranea Resort since it can be very confusing.
Address for GPS: 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
Parking at Terranea Resort is tricky, but there is free parking despite it all looking like paid parking (See Map Above). To get to free “trail” parking at Terranea Resort, continue down Terranea Way & take the first left into a lot labeled Trail Parking. It fills up fast because its such a small lot, so get there early. There are numerous other places to park at the resort, but they all cost money. The parking rates might change frequently, but when I was there it was $20 with unvalidated parking.
Going to Terranea beach there are some drinking fountains, restrooms, showers, & restaurants scattered around the resort that can be used by the public.
The Terrenea SUP Paddle is for intermediate to advanced paddlers. Although this paddle is easier than the Pelican Cove SUP paddle, it is only marginally easier & safer. Conditions are rough with surge, wind, currents, & chop being common since Terranea is located at a point that juts out right to the deep shelf in the water. The put in at Terranea Beach has large & slick rocks that you must climb over with your board to go in.
The rocks continue out into the water with many of them being just below the surface. On a good day with clear water, usually these can be easily avoided, but if the water is not clear these can offer a major hazard.
The walk down to Terranea Beach from the parking lot is not the shortest walk to be carrying your SUP down.
There are also usually a large kelp forest that you will have to paddle through. This, in addition to the wind going around Long Point could make your progress slow & could make you get tired faster. As always, assess the conditions and make a judgement call knowing your own limitations & experience.
Tips & Tricks
- If you really want to go paddling here, but don’t want to have to lug your SUP or kayak down to the beach, Terranea Resort offers tours on kayaks and SUPs right at the beach. The prices are a bit steep though.
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