A view of the rock cliff, sand and surf at the end of Westward Beach, Point Dume. This spot is a favorite location for movies, TV and commercials.
Malibu Geography: Beaches
Malibu has both sandy beaches, suitable for sunbathing, volleyball, movie sets and long walks, and also rocky beaches, suitable for diving and surfing but hard on the feet if there is anyplace to stand at all. Some beaches are just tide pools, others have surf crashing directly against rock cliffs or huge boulders. In short, Malibu has everything.
Surfrider Beach, early in the morning, looking west from the Malibu Pier.
The sand comes from the outflow of the streams carrying silt down from the canyons, then further sifted and rearranged by the waves and tides. Thus the sandy delta of Malibu Creek, and smaller creeks to a lesser extent, are clearly directly related to the creek's outflow. Other beaches are not so directly correlated with nearby creeks but ultimately owe their existence to the same mechanism. The exact source and distribution, determining what is narrow rock and what is wide sand, may be quite complex and relate to distant sources (eg, the Santa Clara River), storms, tides, breakwaters (natural and artificial) and other factors. It is dynamic, ever changing, driven by forces that are hard to resist.
Directory of Malibu Beaches
Here is a list of Malibu beaches, east to west from Santa Monica to Ventura County Line. All beaches in California are public property "seaward of the mean high tide line". That means you can walk on the most exclusive private beach if you stay in the wet zone and do not trespass on private property. In some areas there are public walkways down to the beach with easy access. In other cases you have to go around private fences and ignore intimidating signs to gain your rightful access to the beach. Make sure you don't stalk or harass anyone while you are there -- that's illegal even on a public beach.
|Topanga County Beach||18700 Pacific Coast Hwy (PCH)||Enter from PCH at Topanga Cyn Blvd.|
|Las Tunas County Beach||19500 PCH vicinity||Open parking along PCH|
|Big Rock Beach||PCH east and west of Big Rock Road||1. Between 20338 and 20356 PCH, 2. Between 19958 and 20000 PCH.|
|Las Flores Beach||East of Las Flores Road||Access from Las Flores Creek.|
|La Costa Beach||Rambla Pacifico to east of Coal Creek||Proposed at 21724 PCH near Rambla Vista intersection.|
|Carbon Beach||Carbon Canyon Road to east of Malibu Pier along PCH.||1. West of 22132 PCH, 2. Zonker Harris Access Way, between 22664 and Windsail on PCH.|
|Malibu Pier||23000 PCH||The 780 ft long pier is open to the public.|
|Malibu Surfrider County Beach|| 23200 PCH at Serra Road||Enter parking lot from PCH.|
|Malibu Lagoon State Beach||PCH at Cross Creek Road||Enter parking lot from PCH.|
|Malibu Beach||Seaward of Malibu Colony||1. West from Malibu Lagoon State Beach, 2. East from Amarillo Beach.|
|Amarillo Beach||Seaward of Malibu Road between Colony and Puerco Beach||1. Between 24314 and 24320 Malibu Road, 2. Between 24434 and 24436 Malibu Road.|
|Puerco Beach||East of Puerco Creek and west to Corral Creek, along Malibu Road and PCH||1. Between 24572 and 24604 Malibu Road, 2. West of 24712 at Puerco Creek, 3. Between 25116 and 25120 Malibu Road, 4. Open access west of 25446 Malibu Road, the west end of Malibu Road, and nearby PCH.|
|Corral Beach (Dan Blocker County Beach)||26000 PCH||Open parking along PCH|
|Latigo Beach||Seaward of Latigo Shore Drive||Latigo Shore Drive, just off PCH|
|Escondido Beach||Seaward of Escondido Beach Road||1. At Escondido Creek and PCH, between Malibu Cove Colony Drive and Escondido Beach Road, 2. Steep stairs between 27400 and 27420 PCH just west of Geoffrey's Malibu.|
|Paradise Cove Beach||Paradise Cove||Private parking available at Paradise Cove Beach Cafe, turn off at 28128 PCH, or park on PCH and walk in.|
|Little Dume Beach||Pt. Dume, west of Paradise Cove||Private beach. Access along shoreline from Paradise Cove or Big Dume.|
|Big Dume Beach||Pt. Dume, west of Little Dume||Private beach. Access along shoreline around the point from Westward Beach.|
|Westward Beach (Pt. Dume State Beach)||Westward Beach Road||State Park Entrance on Westward Beach Road leads to open beach access along beach to end of road.|
|Zuma Beach County Park||30050 PCH, west of Westward Beach||Large public facility with parking and visitor facilities.|
|Trancas Beach||PCH at Trancas Creek and west along Broad Beach Road.||At mouth of Trancas Creek.|
|Broad Beach||Along Broad Beach Road.||1. Between 31138 and 31202 Broad Beach Road, 2. Between 31340 and 31346 Broad Beach Road.|
|Lechuza Beach||1040 feet of public beach, west of Broad Beach, east of El Matador||1. Broad Beach Road stairway at Bunnie Lane, 2. Sea Level Drive pedestrian gate.|
The next three beaches -- El Matador, La Piedra, and El Pescador -- are pocket beaches, part of the Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach including State beaches between Point Dume State Beach and Leo Carrillo State Beach.
|El Matador State Beach||32215 Pacific Coast Highway||Access gate on PCH, stairs down to beach.|
|La Piedra State Beach||32628 Pacific Coast Highway at Encinal Canyon Road||Access gate on PCH, stairs down to beach.|
|El Pescador State Beach||32860 Pacific Coast Highway at Decker Canyon Road||Access gate on PCH, stairs down to beach.|
|Nicholas Canyon County Beach||33850 PCH||Parking lot at 33904 PCH.|
|Leo Carrillo State Beach||36000 PCH at Mulholland Highway||Parking and other visitor facilities, enter from PCH.|
|Ventura County Line Beach||PCH, west of Yerba Buena Road||Open access along PCH, across from Neptune's Net.|
Government Bodies Controlling Malibu Beaches
Other Organizations Concerned with Malibu Beaches
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