Portuguese Bend

0.2 miles east of intersection of Palos Verdes Drive and Sea Cove Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Description of the unique geology of the area.


Portuguese Bend plaque

Photo taken by Eric Polk in January 2008

License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)



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This marker describes the geologic forces that created the Portuguese Bend landscape as well as the forces that contribute to its current instability. The reason for the name of the area is also given.

The marker is at a pullout on the southbound direction of Palos Verdes Drive. If northbound, make a U-turn at Sea Cove Drive. There are two other markers at this location.

Update Log 

  • December 14, 2015: Added by Eric Polk


  • Eric Polk