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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 28 January 2016

Before Seaworld There Was Marineland

Vintage photo of Marineland of the Pacific when it was open on the Palos Verdes Peninsula

A Private Tour Through Palos Verdes Peninsula Goes Near

Before Shamu down at SeaWorld in San Diego there were Orky and Corky up here on the Palos Verdes Peninsula at Marineland of the Pacific.  From 1954 until 1987 we had an oceanarium here in Los Angeles that drew multitudes to watch killer whales and dolphins perform in pools overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  While it was sad to lose such a popular destination as well as a fantastic restaurant location with views of the sea and Catalina Island (on clear days), the idea of keeping such creatures confined in pools and performing tricks for the public is not as acceptable today as it was back then as seen by the problems arising at nearby Seaworld.  We think it might be better that the fabulous Terranea Resort and Trump National Golf Course has taken the place of Marineland with its PGA level golf course and other luxury amenities.  Many Terranea guests enjoy our private Los Angeles tour.  We can pick them up at the resort in our luxury SUV or land in our helicopter to take them on an enjoyable aerial tour of Los Angeles.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:13 27 November 2012

Spooky Lighthouse on Palos Verdes

Photo of the lighthouse on Palos Verdes, CA

This is a great view on a perfect warm and clear November day of the Point Vicente Lighthouse in Palos Verdes, CA, just north of the Terranea Resort and south of Marina del Rey.  The photographer, our tour guide Jeff who, incidentally, grew up in Palos Verdes, loves to tell his private luxury tour guests seeing this exquisite part of the Los Angeles coastline the story of the spirit.

I remember seeing the apparition as a child.  It looked like a woman in a long flowing gown holding a lantern with an outstretched arm following the beam as it went around the tower.  The story was that she was the wife of sailor lost at sea awaiting his return. In those years that part of the hill was isolated and lonely, especially at night.  Sadly, when the lighthouse was renovated and the glass surrounding the lamp was changed, she disappeared.

Was the lady of the lighthouse an optical phenomenon caused by light from the 3rd degree Fresnel lens in its original 1926 glass housing or was it a spirit pining for its lover?  We’ll keep an eye on the structure during our future coast tours and let you know if we learn anything.

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