Top Beaches In Malibu California
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Traffic in Los Angeles California is agiven no matter what. And on a great sunny warm day everyone wants to get out to the beach. Well below we have the Top Beaches in Malibu to check out and plant yourself and your family for the day. Keep in mind if it is a near perfect day weather wise all these spots will be extremely busy, but they are busy cause they are great! You will find your happy place at one of these Malibu beaches.
Malibu Surfrider Beach
Malibu Surfrider Beach is the popular sandy beach and surfing spot between the Malibu Pier and the Malibu Lagoon. Surfrider Beach is part of Malibu Lagoon State Beach which has another parking lot next to the lagoon just west on Pacific Coast Highway. The name Surfrider suggests good surfing waves for riding, and with a super long right hand break, it’s an accurate name. Although in recent years teh wave is much less consistent and smaller. The wave on most days is now a great beginner wave. The Malibu Sport Fishing Pier is a comfortable spot to hang out on with many benches and nice views. A sand volleyball court is near the pier and lifeguards are on hand during peak times to watch kiddos and swimmers. There are separate swimming and surfing designated areas. The nearby lagoon has trails and is an excellent birding location. For Surfrider Beach find a parking spot along PCH or in the lot with entrance at the Adamson House.
Topanga Beach is the closest Malibu California beach to Los Angeles. The Eastern Malibu coast faces south and Topanga Beach is at the east end next to the Pacific Palisades neighborhood. Due to the shape of the beach it is popular with surfers. Waves wrap around the sandy point formed by Topanga Creek creating a continuous right break. If you are a good surfer this is your spot. It has the best wave in all of Southern California. If you are a beginner stay away from here. A lagoon forms where the creek backs up behind the sandy beach. At the west end of the beach is a rotting old steel barrier in the surf. Except at high tide the public beach on the other side is a nice walking route. The massive Topanga State Park is nearby in the Santa Monica Mountains with hiking trails and mountain biking opportunities. The parking lot for Topanga Beach is on Pacific Coast Highway just west of the intersection with Topanga Canyon Boulevard. There are free parking spaces along PCH outside of this lot. Mastro’s Ocean Club Restaurant is right on Topanga Beach at the east end. Topanga used to be a state beach, but is now owned and operated by LA County.
Zuma Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Los Angeles County. The 4-mile expanse of sand draws families and surfers, sun bathers and anglers. While it can be crowded on weekends, there always seems to be enough space for everyone. Not always a lot of parking for everyone but beach space is great. For parking tips try the free street parking along PCH or just across the street. Ample facilities make the beach especially attractive. Restrooms are spaced along the beach front. Cold showers and changing rooms are available. Lifeguard stations are set at regular intervals along the beach and staffed during daylight hours. Lifeguards are part of the Los Angeles County Lifeguard Service which maintains a 24-hour sectional headquarters at Zuma Beach. Waves at Zuma can be dangerous, breaking close to shore, and rip currents are prevalent. Swimmers should use caution.
Big Dume Beach a.k.a. Dume Cove Beach is the main beach at Point Dume State Beach in Malibu, CA. Dume Cove’s crescent-shaped beach faces southeast from the east side of Point Dume. Access to the beach is via a walk across a small bluff-top natural preserve and down a long steep staircase. The staircase is not kept up to code by any means so expect to find large gaping holes in certain sections or rusted out metal that is sharp. Use extreme caution when walking down this staircase. The trails in the preserve begin here and climb to the high point above Point Dume, loop around the bluff, and also head directly to Big Dume Beach. After you descend the stairway to the beach in Dume Cove you can walk east to Little Dume Beach and beyond to Paradise Cove. Along the way are excellent tide pools if you are here at lower tides. Because of the high vantage point, Point Dume is a popular whale watching spot during the gray whale migration February through April. On Cliffside Drive across from address 29245 there is a parking strip for about ten cars (which is limited to 2 hours and is usually full). If the Cliffside Drive spaces are taken, you can either wait for one to open or pay to park in the lot at the end of Westward Beach Road and then hike up and over Point Dume to the staircase that descends to Big Dume Beach. On certain swell directions Point Dume will have long fun right breaking waves. If you happen to catch one of these days then you are a lucky person who will have waves all to yourself.
Leo Carillo Beach
North Beach at Leo Carrillo State Park is a wide family-friendly and dog friendly beach in western Malibu. It has a linear day-use parking lot right on the beach. In between North Beach and Leo Carrillo’s South Beach there is a rocky area known as Sequit Point which has tide pools and fun caves to explore – both are best at low tide. North of North Beach the state beach continues to Staircase Beach, a narrow beach that is popular with surfers. To get to North Beach, enter at the main state park entrance and follow signs that lead under Pacific Coast Highway to the parking lot. Leo Carrillo State Park has a large campground and several hiking trails to explore on the hillside. Dogs are allowed here on leash, but look for signs that indicate boundaries of the dog zone. Free parking for North Beach can be found along PCH west of Mulholland Highway.On a side note Leo Carillo is the home beach where Daniel Laruso from the 1987 movie "The Karate Kid" learned balance in the waves and honed in the skilss for the climax move of the movie at the end with the "Krane Technique".
There are other great beaches alomg PCH in Malibu, these are just a few of our favorites. We hope you enjoy and let us know some other beaches in Malibu you like and what is special about them.