White Point Beach/Royal Palms County 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.
The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.
Beach Wheelchair: No
Accessible Parking: YesBlufftop 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: YesAt Royal Palms County Beach. Restrooms on the bluffs at White Point are closed until further notice due to the 2011 landslide.
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Reviewed by Ann Ruth, May 1, 2013
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