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The 6 Best Beaches In Malibu, California

The 6 Best Beaches In Malibu, California

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Malibu definitely has some of the most impressive beaches in California. From white, sun-warmed sand to marvelous rock formations, Malibu’s beaches are well worth exploring. You can relax in secluded coves, people-watch at the famous Malibu Lagoon State Beach, or hike at El Matador State Beach. Here are the best beaches in Malibu to visit this year!

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The 6 Best Beaches In Malibu, CA

Paradise Cove

Paradise Cove

You might recognize Paradise Cove from movies like “American Pie 2”, “X-Men”, and “Monster-in-law”. Britney Spears’s “Sometimes” music video was shot here too. Needless to say, the beach is famous for its spectacular views and pristine sand.

There’s a Paradise Cove Beach Cafe that extends onto the beach and lounge chairs are available to rent. If you eat at the Beach Cafe, you can park here at a discounted rate for up to four hours. However, all-day parking might require paying the full parking fee.

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Malibu Lagoon State Beach

Malibu Lagoon State Beach

Malibu Lagoon State Beach is located where Malibu Creek meets the ocean. It includes Surfrider Beach and Malibu Pier. The stunning beach is perfect for those who like to go bird-watching—the area has more than 200 species of migrating and native birds.

On the other hand, Surfrider Beach is the best place for surfing and Malibu Pier offers a fantastic fishing experience. Visiting Malibu Lagoon State Beach is undoubtedly one of the best things to do in Malibu, California!

Point Dume Beach

Point Dume Beach

With views of Santa Monica Bay, Point Dume Beach is located about 20 minutes northwest of Malibu. Not only is it simply breathtaking, but it’s also a great spot for cave exploring, hiking, and rock climbing. Whether you’re looking for an adventure or you want to get away from all the hustle and bustle of daily life, Point Dume State Beach has something for everyone.

Zuma Beach

Zuma Beach

Located at 30000 Pacific Coast Highway, Zuma Beach boasts wide open clean sand, awesome waves, and beach facilities including lifeguard stations and bathrooms. There’s also plenty of parking and food stalls at each end of the beach. During the summer months, visitors can spot dolphins and California sea lions!

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El Matador State Beach

El Matador State Beach

El Matador State Beach is the perfect photo-op location. The steep staircase leads you down to gorgeous rock formations and a long stretch of sand. Spend some time in secluded coves, take a relaxing walk, and admire the scenery.

Leo Carrillo State Beach

Leo Carrillo State Beach photographed by David M. Schrader
Photo Credit:  David M. Schrader /

Leo Carrillo State Beach consists of two beaches—South Beach and North Beach. To access them, you can park on Pacific Coast Highway or inside the Leo Carrillo campground. Feel free to explore coastal caves and reefs or go back-country hiking.

Dogs on leashes are allowed north of Lifeguard Tower 3 (North Beach) and they’re not allowed south of Lifeguard Tower 3 (South Beach).


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What are the best beaches in Malibu?

The best beaches in Malibu, CA:

  • Malibu Lagoon State Beach;

  • Point Dume Beach;

  • Paradise Cove;

  • Zuma Beach;

  • El Matador State Beach;

  • Leo Carrillo State Beach.

What other beaches to visit in Malibu?

More beautiful beaches in Malibu:

  • Westward Beach;

  • Carbon Beach;

  • Broad Beach;

  • Nicholas Canyon Beach;

  • Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach;

  • El Pescador State Beach.

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