Coastal Preserve

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Coastal Preserve

Foremost among the distinctions of Terranea is its classic California oceanfront setting - something priceless and irreplaceable. Everything about Terranea is conscious of this environment - even the mature trees, which were here before Terranea appeared, have been preserved and incorporated seamlessly into the landscape. Each associate here is also a trustee in that protection, ensuring that the entire environment - including an ecosystem blessed with diverse species and its own microclimate - is enhanced by those who experience it.

Scenic Viewpoints

From its premium location on the southwestern tip of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Terranea and the surrounding area provide an endless array of awe-inspiring vistas. Throughout the Peninsula, hundreds of hiking trails lead to secluded vantage points within unspoiled nature preserves. The scent of native floral species enhances the enjoyment of the fresh ocean air, long after the sun has dipped beneath the horizon. From just about any point on the Peninsula, you can marvel at views that extend not just to other parts of the California coast, but also to nearby Catalina Island and to the Channel Islands, making you feel far removed from the outside world.

Land Conservancy

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy was founded in 1988 by a group of foresighted residents to preserve open space on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The Conservancy has been very successful through the years preserving open space by working cooperatively with cities, property owners and environmental groups, locating funds for purchasing land, providing tax benefits for land donations, restoring habitats, and promoting the conservation of natural open space in the Palos Verdes Peninsula. With its help, future generations will be able to enjoy this precious coastline in the purest state possible.

A portion of the proceeds from the Discovery Trail telescopes supports the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy. For more information, please visit

Interpretive Center

The Point Vicente Interpretive Center, just a short walk from Terranea Resort, offers a comprehensive perspective on the unique features and history of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The Interpretive Center features exhibits on the natural and cultural history of the Peninsula, with a special emphasis on the Pacific gray whale. This premier whale watching site provides spectacular opportunities to view the annual migration of the Pacific gray whale from December through April.

Protected Species

With the creation of Terranea, several sustainable measures were taken to treat storm water, protect open space, improve wildlife habitats, preserve views and reduce lighting impact. The resort has restored nearly 15 acres of native habitat areas for indigenous species such as the El Segundo Blue Butterfly. Strict attention has also been paid to reinforcing the biodiversity and integrity of this ecosystem through the native plant pallet.

Native plant material is cultivated locally from a Palos Verdes seed bank and grown by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy. Of Terranea's 102 acres, only 25% is covered by impervious surfaces, either building or paving. This leaves roughly 75 acres of "green space". Additionally, 45 mature trees, remnants of the famous Marineland, were preserved and replanted throughout the site.

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