Palos Verdes Drive

I was wondering if the cold would ever really settle in this winter, but I think the recent weather indicates that the answer is “yes”. In fact, when we got back from our end-of-year trip our car was coated with a solid three inches of ice.

Looking out at the Pacific from a park on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

As I scraped the windshields I thought back fondly on our recent sojourn. It was the second time in two years that we had spent Christmas in  Los Angeles.

The view of Los Angeles from a turnoff on the Palos Verdes Drive.

On our first day there we decided to take our rental car down San Pedro Drive, starting just south of Los Angeles and ending in San Pedro.

The silhouette of Catalina Island is across the water.

It’s only a fourteen mile drive, but you can easily consume an entire afternoon with all the turnoffs and paths for wandering.


There is a small state park at the turnoff for the Point Vicente Lighthouse, complete with a small museum and a deck for whale watching.


We didn’t see any whales, but we enjoyed watching the pelicans flying in formation above our heads. Oh, you pelicans, don’t take that blue sky for granted.

39 Comments on “Palos Verdes Drive

  1. That’ll be a nice memory on those cold days. You missed the rain–good job! Beautiful photos, all. I’m headed to San Diego later this month.

  2. Great photos, I love the lighthouse and the beautiful orange rocky cliffs. A nice memory to have when you are back home in the snow.

  3. I love your photo of lighthouse, Jason – much air and water! It’s a pleasure to see such beautiful places far away when -3 F weather is here.

  4. Brrr. It sounds chilly where you are. Lovely to have those warm, sunny, beautiful photos to look at.

  5. The photos are beautiful. I hope the 3 inches of ice did not do much damage. In our climates snow is wonderful, ice not so much.

  6. Stunning! But you bring up a good reason I delay winter getaway trips until February or March. Escaping in December or January means you have two winters in one year–before the vacation and after, and the “after” is so painful. We’ll be going to S. Cal. in March and I can’t wait! Still, any time you can get away from the cold is a good thing, IMHO. ;0)

  7. Lovely photos Jason, we took this trip several years ago with our children and remember the Pelicans. It was a really happy holiday, I hope we get to do this again, meanwhile we are enjoying the memories brought back by your trip.

  8. My daughter drove us along this same route a couple of years ago. It is nice to see it again. Hope you had fun.

  9. It must have been quite a shock to the system to come home to three inches of ice after enjoying those beautiful blue skies and seas. What a fantastic place to enjoy Christmas, I can see why you went back. I’d go for those beautiful pelicans alone! Shame you didn’t spot any

  10. Now that is the highlight for me….I am bookmarking this so the next time I am in CA, I can take this trip…love it! Sorry to hear about that ice….we had lots of it here until the lake snows finally flowed and now we have a good snow cover.

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