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Abalone Cove Shoreline Park

Distance: 32 miles one-way. At this tucked-away cove beneath the cliffs of Palos Verdes, you won't find Zuma's crowds, even on a hot summer day, and that's probably because it takes a hike to get to it. It's ideal for tide pooling or lounging on the beach watching the gulls wheel overhead. No barbecues, fires or dogs are allowed. (310) 377-1222,
Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times
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