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White Point Beach/Royal Palms County Beach

White Point Beach/Royal Palms County Beach is a great place for a family retreat. White Point is a nicely landscaped blufftop park with sweeping views of Catalina Island and good accessible pathways throughout, as well as a children’s play structure with a wheelchair-accessible surface and accessible picnic tables. Look for historic photographs in a case near the entrance. In the 1920s and ’30s, the beach below (now Royal Palms County Beach) was the site of White Point Hot Spring Hotel, popular with Japanese-Americans. You can still see some hotel ruins on the beach.

The paved road to the beach is steep, so it’s best to drive down. The large patio at the upcoast end of the beach was once the dance floor of the Royal Palms Recreation Center. Now the area is a lovely picnic spot shaded by palm trees and furnished with benches. A stream (dry in the summer) runs down the cliff face, under the patio, and out to the ocean.

White Point, at the downcoast end of the beach, is less accessible. Boulders line the shore and surround the ruins of mineral baths. An earthquake in 1933 closed the warm-water vent. There are tidepools among the rocks and ruins, but you’d have to leave your chair behind and climb over the boulders to see them. I found it relaxing to be so close to the ocean; the sound and smell of it put me in a dream state.

Accessibility Details

The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.

Beach Wheelchair: No

Accessible Parking: Yes

Blufftop parking for White Point is free with a disabled placard; there's a fee for the beach-level parking at Royal Palms County Beach.

Accessible Restroom: Yes

At Royal Palms County Beach. Restrooms on the bluffs at White Point are closed until further notice due to the 2011 landslide.

Accessible Picnic Tables: Yes

On the bluffs and at the beach

Other Things of Interest

White Point Preserve and Education Center across Paseo del Mar has accessible trails and a visitor center.
Trail at White Point Park
Trail at White Point Park (Peggy Rowan)

Features icon key

  • particularly good for families
  • picnic
  • swimming

Additional Information

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Managing Agency: Los Angeles Department of Beaches and Harbors
Address: 1799 Paseo del Mar, San Pedro
Nearest City: San Pedro
Phone: (310) 305-9503
Hours: 6 am-sunset
Fees: Parking
Dogs: On leash
Public Transportation: Metro
Reviewed by Ann Ruth, May 1, 2013
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