Palos Verdes – A Sanctuary for the Weary Soul

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“Sometimes solitude is one of the most beautiful things on earth.” – Bukowski

Someone close to my heart took me to Palos Verdes a long time ago. Close to a decade if you want me to be specific. The memory stayed with me. I decided another visit was long overdue since I was going to be in the area for the day anyway. Besides, it’s always fun to create new memories right?

It was a Sunday morning and I drove early to avoid traffic and crowds. I decided to check out Point Vicente Lighthouse. The park only had a few people and the parking was free. It’s not a real hike. More like a walking path that shows you the view of the lighthouse and the ocean. It was gorgeous and exactly what I expected. There were picnic tables and benches everywhere which is good if you plan on spending a couple of hours there to relax.

After enjoying the views of Point Vicente Lighthouse. I went to Wayfarer’s Chapel. A church made out of glass nestled on a cliff with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. The architecture is unique and spectacular and the garden is lovely and serene. You have to visit this place if ever you’re in Palos Verdes. It truly is a hidden gem.


My tips for this trip:

1. Go early to avoid traffic and crowds.
2. Parking is free in both places.
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92 Comments Add yours

    1. Bel says:

      Thank you!😊

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  1. Rebecca says:

    Stunning! Palos Verdes is near my neighborhood in LA. The Wayfarer’s Chapel is definitely an underrated gem worth checking out. Appreciate your post about this lovely part of LA!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! And it doesn’t cost money to visit both – free parking and all! 😊

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  2. YBP says:

    Bel, over and beyond the places you see, I love connecting with you and how these wonderful sights impacted on you. You reveal so much beauty in the places ….. and ultimately in your heart! ❀️

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    1. Bel says:

      The beauty of it all is creating memories I will carry with me when I’m old. Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate your comments ❀️

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      1. YBP says:

        Memories ….. truly precious….. truly priceless. You’re blessed beyond words Bel. Enjoy your travels! ❀️

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      2. Bel says:

        πŸ˜ŠπŸ–πŸž

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  3. loristrawn says:

    I lived in Long Beach for 15 years and used to drive up to Portuguese Bend every Friday to unwind. These pictures are balm for sore, sore Kansas eyes.

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    1. Bel says:

      You must miss it a lot. It’s such a scenic area 😊

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  4. Wen says:

    Seems like a really cool place!

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    1. Bel says:

      Yes it is 😊 Thanks!

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  5. aruna3 says:

    Feelings of calmness in this place of solitude.beautiful.🌺🌺🌺

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    1. Bel says:

      Definitely 😊❀️

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  6. What a beautiful place. You have taken some stunning pictures.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! I love the area it’s so scenic 😊

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  7. Jaanu S says:

    Racho palo verdes…a place always bring smile to my face… happy to see my favorite location, near torrance ,in this post…

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    1. Bel says:

      It’s a gorgeous area 😊

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      1. Jaanu S says:

        Yeah. Very true.

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  8. chrissy says:

    Beautiful pics. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you 😊Glad you liked the pictures 😊

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  9. Jaymes says:

    Nice blog I look forward to seeing new content.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! Appreciate it 😊

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  10. Love the Bukowski quote and several of the pics, Bel – esp the cliff vista w/lighthouse & the darker image w/the arches! Have followed on Twitter πŸ™‚

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! Bukowski has a lot of amazing quotes 😊 I’m obsessed with lighthouses – and plan to visit more in the future. I followed you back on Twitter as well. 😊

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      1. Thanks! It’s great to have the interconnection; you’ve some amazing pics & quotes on Instagram too! I’m more active on Twitter, but it’s all good πŸ™‚

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      2. Bel says:

        It’s hard to keep up with it all. I try my best πŸ˜‚

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      3. Ahhhahaha, that counts for a lot I think, it has to! πŸ™‚

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  11. Maggie Kuhn says:

    Wow. I loved these shots and the comments on your trip. Thanks for sharing I’m happy to be folloeing your travel blog journey!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! I appreciate the kind words and I’m glad you liked it 😊

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  12. Love the post, you captured this marvelous area. I lived in Southern CA ..and now visit at least once a year and Palos Verdes is a favorite spot to visit.

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    1. Bel says:

      Yes, thank you! It’s really a scenic and peaceful area. 😊

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you 😊

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  13. TheDailyMuse says:

    such beautiful photography! lovely, insightful post:)

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! Truly appreciate the kind words 😊

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  14. cgdtaylor says:

    Thanks for excellent photographs and I look forward to seeing more of your adventures.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! Glad you liked it 😊

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  15. Gary says:

    Beautiful words and pictures.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you 😊 It’s a beautiful place.

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  16. juktadas says:

    I love your writing… It’s so beautiful and real ❀

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you for your kind words. 😊 ❀️

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    1. Bel says:

      You’re welcome 😊

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  17. janesig says:

    It looks to be a beautiful place to explore. πŸ™‚

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    1. Bel says:

      It is a beautiful place. So peaceful. Thank you 😊

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  18. M Miles says:

    Great post! I would love to be able to go see the chapel you mentioned. It looks really unique.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! It’s a pretty chapel. I went to a wedding there once and it was so nice. 😊

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  19. mymindlessdrivel says:

    I’ve gone to San Pedro many times, but wasn’t aware of this gem. Looks like I need to take a road trip! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Bel says:

      So much to see in that area! Let me know before you go so I can give you a list of places to visit. 😊

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  20. Pam says:

    Happy memories! That church is awesome!

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    1. Bel says:

      Yes it is! Thank you 😊

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  21. yaasotaa says:

    Welcome and nice to meet you..have a nice day😊

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    1. Bel says:

      Have a great day as well 😊

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    1. Bel says:

      Thanks 😊

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  22. Have missed your posts, good to hear from you again! Beautiful coast, is this in California?

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    1. Bel says:

      Yes it is a city in Los Angeles County. One of my favorite places here. Sorry I haven’t posted as much. I will try to get back to it. So much to see and write about but so little time 😊 Thank you for your comment!

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  23. Wonderful post. Thank you for sharing this with all of us.

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    1. Bel says:

      You’re welcome! Thanks as well. Glad you liked it 😊

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you 😊

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  24. This looks like a lovely place to soak in the beauty and solitude Bel. I’m glad you could refresh your spirits and share with us. Hugs…

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    1. Bel says:

      Hi, Brad! Thanks. We all need a place to refresh our spirits and feel renewed once again. It’s a tough world we live in and it’s easy to forget the beauty that surrounds us.😊

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      1. Agreed on all accounts Bel. πŸ™‚

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  25. Nadya B says:

    You were in my neck of the woods! I live about 20 minutes away from that spot!

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    1. Bel says:

      Are you lucky or what? I love it there. I want to live in that area. It’s so pretty. 😊

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      1. Nadya B says:

        Funny you say that. The very first time I came to California it was in this area and I was like – who are the lucky people who can afford to live here? I lived in Georgia at the time. Two years later I was one of those lucky people. Funny how life works out sometimes! I really love it here and I wouldn’t live anywhere else if I can help it. You can do it, too!

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      2. Bel says:

        It’s so chill and I think I’d probably never even leave the area if I was there. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Maybe someday….😊

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      3. Nadya B says:

        The struggle is real. We don’t call it “the bubble” for nothing. πŸ˜‰

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      4. Bel says:

        You got that right 😍

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  26. Beautiful, Bel. The view of the lighthouse is lovely and the glass church is stunning. What a peaceful place. Thanks for sharing it.

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    1. Bel says:

      Hi, Diana! Thanks for dropping by. Always appreciate your comments. I always find lighthouses so romantic. The glass church was nestled above the hill with views that were breathtaking no wonder this is a popular place for weddings 😊

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you 😊

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  27. buddy71 says:

    its been many years since i have been out that way and it really isnt far from me (a couple hour drive). one place i would go is the buddhist bell. thanks for the reminders of this place.

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    1. Bel says:

      You’re welcome! I’m glad it brought back nice memories for you 😊

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  28. betty11 says:

    That’s a place that I would really like to visit!Your pictures are great too!😁😁

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! I’m sure you’d love it as much as I did. 😊

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  29. Oh yes… solitude ❀️
    And what a beautiful walk! I’d love to do this some day. Thanks.

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    1. Bel says:

      Nothing beats having some alone time to think and appreciate the beauty nature has to offer. Thank you 😊

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      1. One of my favorite things… being alone in nature

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      2. Bel says:

        I totally agree. ❀️

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  30. sosparkly says:

    I am so glad to see these photos right now. Solitude is a wonderful thing to be able to enjoy…

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    1. Bel says:

      I enjoy it way too much 😊 Thank you!

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  31. c17princess says:

    Palos Verdes is a gorgeous place

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    1. Bel says:

      I wish I could afford to live there 😊

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      1. c17princess says:

        Same. Maybe one day πŸ’œπŸŒΊπŸ’πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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      2. Bel says:

        We’d be neighbors πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

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