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Point Dume State Beach and Preserve

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Reviewed 29 April 2010

We visited two mornings during our recent visit to LA. Saw a gopher snake, rabbits, Dall's porpoises, sea lions, and many varieties of song birds and sea birds, but missed the grey whales. Bring binoculars if you have them. Beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean and the Malibu coastline. Get here early to snag one of the 6 or 7 parking spots. Not at all crowded on an April morning. Short trails lead down to the beach (lots of rusting stairs to descend) and up to an overlook.

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Reviewed 13 July 2009

This beach is actually just south (east?) of Zuma Beach and Westward Beach. Big rock at the end marks Point Dume. Westward Road deadends into the parking lot. On weekends you can watch rockclimbers and rapellers scaling the face of the cliff. The actal shoreline is very steep so not very good for boarding or child swimming. The skim boarders seem to prefer this area. Arrive early and park your car or motorhome along Westward Road.

2  Thank rvmaster
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Reviewed 28 October 2008

BEAUTIFUL AND SECLUDED. This place is so relaxing, and not as crowded as the other parts of Malibu. This is a place to go to get away from people watching and crowds. some people like to be around people, but if you want to be away from all that, Point Dume is the place to go. I LOVE IT!!!!

1  Thank bobdylanfan
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Reviewed 17 August 2008

The water is ice cold! For those who don't know this, it is a fact. This applies to the entire coast of California. If you're used to Caribbean or Florida water, you're in for a shock.

One drive on the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) from Santa Monica to Malibu will highlight many beaches that are very crowded and highly visible from the PCH. A people watching mecca.

I prefer a more secluded beach to relax upon. If you're with me, then read on.

My favorite is Point Dume State Beach and the eastern face of that peninsula. You can reach it by taking the PCH to Heathercliff Rd (turn left at the light) and then make a left on Dume Dr (about 3 blocks off of PCH).

This location is near Malibu and east of Hwy 23 and west of Hwy 27. Kanan-Dume Rd from Hwy 101 drops you right onto PCH and very close (1/4 mile) from the Heathercliff Rd exit to the north/west.

Stay on Dume Dr until it dead ends into Cliffisde Dr and turn right. About 150 feet you'll find an area to park and a trailhead down to the beach. Here's the catch, you only have about 6 car spaces. Don't try the shoulder of the road or expect a $50 parking fine.

This beach has beautiful cliffs, very few visitors, clean water, and a sufficient surf to bring out some surfers. Quiet, beautiful, secluded, safe for a close in swim, and it's a sure winner.

The walk to the beach is about 10 minutes but it's a clear path with stairs to the beach. You'll walk over a rock/boulder field at the beach but suitable for anyone with good health including children.

There are no lifeguards or bathroom facilities so a stop at the Pavillions Grocery Store (Heathercliff @ Dume Rd) is a good idea. They have awesome made to order sandwiches for $5.50 and top ingredients are used. A must stop before the beach.

If there are no parking spaces available, then you have to make a choice:

1. Accept the $50 parking ticket and pull into the dirt shoulder on the road. OR

2. Continue down Cliffside Dr which becomes Birdview Ave to Westward Beach Rd (Left) to the fee station $7 fee and well worth it f you don't want to walk about 1 mile.

3. Continue to circle through the lot until a space opens (local surfers do this). Must be patient.

POINT DUME STATE BEACH (West facing of the peninsula)

This assumes you have gone to the Westward Beach Rd access and after the fee station have driven all the way to the very end of the parking lot.

You'll note a very high cliff face with huge size boulders at its base ending in the water. A very dramatic backdrop to your beach stay. Pull out those Pavillion made sandwiches and enjoy a great day.

Interested in more seclusion? Climb over the boulders and you'll be into one of the most beautiful beach coves on the coast. This can be a bit dangerous so size up your abilities before attempting it.

A second approach is to follow the path at the back of the sand beach up to the top of the cliff and then scale down the cliff into this beach cove. Not for the faint of heart so size it up before attempting.

To see dolphins, continue on the path at the top of the cliff to the point nearest the ocean and be seated on the small concrete slab and feel the cool breeze and then watch for the dolphins. A very special place.

Remember that temperatures at the beach even in August average around 76 degrees fahrenheit with a pretty strong breeze. Bring a light jacket as you can begin to feel chilled.

11  Thank jimbobwe
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Reviewed 12 February 2008

I love Point Dume. I would suggest this spot for anyone, all ages. High points of visiting, tide pools, whale watching, and hiking. The hike is not difficult at all, if you are not an avid hiker. It has a paved, well maintained walkway which takes you to the peak of the cliff for a view of the channel Islands.
You can also stay at the base of the cliff, on the beach. It is just as beautiful. I have added some photos.

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