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White Point Beach - Royal Palms 

Location: 1799 Paseo del Mar, San Pedro, CA 90732

How to get there

Take Harbor Freeway South (110) exit Gaffey Street south, turn right onto Paseo del Mar.

About Royal Palms

This small sandy Los Angeles beach is sheltered by rocky outcroppings which are one of the best and most popular with tide poolers and those wanting to explore the wildlife of the coastline.  A great children's adventure outing, with spaces for a picnic either on tables above the cliff or on the beach itself.  Recent visitors have reported crabs, snails, small fishes, starfish, and even starfish and sea slugs wandering through the tide pools. While in the air you'll see the usual pelicans, sea gulls and more of California's native wildlife.

The waterside promenade with its stand of palms, which gives the area its name, is available for event rental.  Used for weddings and outdoor parties it there is not always open to the public.

Lifeguards are on duty so swimming and surfing can be done safely here, but there is limited room so this is less popular for that more traditional beach activity.  If you are staying all day at the beach pay the $8 parking fee to be right up close, or park along the street and walk down.

Restrooms, showers, trash facilities and all the regular facilities of a county beach are to be found here.  There are small traces of the Hot Spring Hotel which was located here in the 1920s, but which closed after natural changes after an earthquake shut off the hot spring. Read more about the history here.

Also popular with local dog walkers, who can be seen walking dogs here on the leash, as well as painters who like the dramatic rocky landscape for their compositions.

Parking lot map:

White Point Overall 
White Point Upper Lot Royal Palms Lot 

Parking fees: Winter $3.00 to $8.00; Summer $3.00 to $10.00; Meters $.25 each 10 minutes

Food: For those holding events here it is possible to have catering a suitable Beach Use Permit

Lifeguard service are available at day time.

Here is White Point Beach/Royal Palms on the map.


Nearby Attractions

While most people visit the beach just for a day of sand, sun, surf and fun, there are actually many interesting attractions all within easy reach of the beach. So if you want to combine some activities in a day in the area, or simply want to allow some members of your group to do different things, then consider some of these nearby attractions.

Point Dume - At the end of the beach, visible as you look all the way to the left while facing the sea, Point Dume is a rocky promontory that juts out into the Pacific Ocean. The point, a long bluff, forms the northern end of the Santa Monica Bay. It is most interesting as a rock climbing location as the rocking mound forms a natural climbing wall with very moderate single pitch rock climbing routes that are perfect for the beginner or training, or simply for those simply wishing to try out natural rock climbing.

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