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Point Dume State Beach

Basics
Location:
Near Malibu, west of Los Angeles.
Type:
State Parks
Elevation:
Sea level feet

Description

Point Dume State Preserve features headlands, cliffs, rocky coves and vast beach access. The beach is presently operated by Los Angeles County, which also operates Zuma County Beach. These facilities are notable for swimming, surfing, scuba diving and fishing. Point Dume is a perfect place to watch for California gray whales during the December - March migration period.

Hours + Fees

Season:
Sunrise to sunset

Details

Additional Details:
At the end of Westward Beach Road, access to Point Dume State Preserve begins from the cul-de-sac. A gradually ascending trail leads to an ancient coastal bluff sand dune. Visitors are asked to stay on the trail in an effort to help preserve this unique sand accumulation. An incredible view encompassing the entire Santa Monica Bay, north Malibu Coast, inland Santa Monica Mountains and distant Catalina Island may be enjoyed from the top on a clear day. A boardwalk, just below the summit, leads to a viewing platform - it tends to be more sheltered on a windy day. A stairway from the east side of the bluff-top preserve allows access to a more isolated beach and fine tide-pooling opportunities.

Some disabled parking is available along Cliffside Drive, adjacent to the bluff-top park area. For viewing platform access, negotiating a slight grade will be necessary.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions
From Santa Monica: follow Pacific Coast Highway 18 miles west to Westward Beach Road. Turn toward the ocean and go beyond the fee collection station to the very end of the road.

From the 101 Freeway: exit at Kanan Road, follow it south 12 miles to Pacific Coast Highway, then turn right. Westward Beach Road is over the rise, at the foot of the hill.

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