Carbon Beach
Carbon Beach
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The Malibu coastline is like a chameleon. In some areas it resembles the French Riviera with its lush, green hillsides descending into crescent-shaped shorelines. In others, it feels 100% Southern Californian with beaches wide and flat as a football field, and often crowded with beach-goers lounging on towels and playing volleyball. Other coastlines still feel secluded, tucked under tall cliffs and dotted with stunning rock formations. In certain areas, where the ocean waves are just right, surfers can be seen bobbing in the water. Up in the mountains to the east hikers take in truly stunning views of the ocean and the sprawling Los Angeles landscape. And along Pacific Coast Highway, restaurants are filled with visitors and locals from all walks of life. Stumble into the right place at the right time, and you’ll likely encounter a celebrity.

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whirlgirl
San Francisco, CA8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Classic Carbon Beach is open to the public from sunrise to sunset, even though the security guards on millionaire row sometimes try to imply otherwise. There are just two walkways that lead between the mansions and open up to sands stretching all the way to the pier. Linda Locklin Accessway is the southern one, and is named for the woman who championed public access here for decades. Her long fight for regular beachcombers was famously chronicled by cartoonist Gary Trudeau in Doonesbury. As you sunbathe on the sand or bodysurf the waves, you are part of a California heritage that has safeguarded our coast for everyone. Enjoy!
Written 12 June 2024
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Antonietta G
Montreal, Canada16 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Blink and you will miss the foot entrance. The rich and famous want you keep this beach to themselves. You can find affordable parking close by. Make sure you don’t parked in-front of someone’s entrance by accident (will be towed).

Just a few meters away is another beach that can be accessed without feeling like you are disturbing the rich and famous. I mean it’s the same shore.
Written 20 September 2023
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jehenson81
Washington DC, DC24,889 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Solo
Most of Carbon beach is blocked from view because there are houses all along it. There are coastal access points along PCH so keep an eye out for them. You can try to find street parking on either side of PCH which is what I did. It was high tide so the beach was almost nonexistent but watching the crashing waves was impressive.
Written 9 January 2023
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Miamethyst
Allentown, PA156 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
I feel like this part of Malibu has rougher waters, I would recommend Zuma or Point Dume for swimming and getting wet and relaxing. The fact that the houses are built on the beach is cool but gives it a weird vibe.
Written 23 August 2022
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soccermom13
St. Catharines, Canada384 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
Take a stroll down this beach and you'll be able to see the luxury malibu beach houses (more like mansions!) as well as the beautiful ocean views.
Written 3 November 2018
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flatlandermanitoba
Winnipeg, Canada177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
This beautiful beach takes some effort to find. It’s blocked by a long series of expensive beach homes and has only a few points to access it ( visible on Google maps). Street parking is extremely limited and there do not seem to be any parking lots to access. No amenities nearby such as restaurants or bathrooms (bring snacks and drinks).

It’s a narrow beach, saving you a long walk to the water. When we were there, only handful of people were there. Spotless place, no garbage.

In our view, a much more relaxing place to be than the big public beaches like Santa Monica
Written 18 September 2018
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Dean W
Truro, Canada315 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
We were lucky and grabbed a roadside spot next to a beach access point. Stroller down to an extremely clean beach with amazing views in both directions. The expensive beachfront houses come all the way down... almost to the waters edge...... the iconic view of Malibu in my opinion. Water was warm but it seemed to go very deep very quickly with a moderate undertow so be careful with kids. Worth a trip
Written 25 August 2018
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Jenny R
Columbus, OH61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
Beautiful, clean uncrowded beach. Parking is challenging but worth being patient. This beach is quiet and clean. Beautiful view. Walk and see the amazing homes or just sit and relax. This was a great break from the crowds and traffic of LA. Be aware internet service is almost impossible to get because of the location. Just another reason to disconnect and relax!
Written 11 August 2018
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Yehbut
Hilton Head, SC1,430 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
We always go cruising threw Malibu. Then we do you can find different public access points to beaches if you pay attention to the brown and white signs. Free parking with peaceful beaches. The sound of the waves softly hitting the sand. Great location on any day of the week!
Written 30 January 2018
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abichloe1990
Fenny Compton, UK90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Friends
We parked on the road and walked down an alley to get to the beach, minutes away. It was beautiful, very clean, very quiet.

We lay on the beach for hours in blazing heat and there were only two other people there doing the same and one or two people walking a dog.

Very nice to listen to the waves without the sounds of screaming kids.

Fun to watch the sea gulls running away from the tide.

Written 2 December 2017
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