Beaches in Malibu
With 21 miles of coastline, much of which is viewable as you travel along Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), Malibu has many beautiful beaches. In addition to public access ways to many of the private beaches, there are several popular public beaches owned and operated by the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors or California Department of Parks and Recreation (State Parks):
- Topanga State Beach - Located along PCH at Topanga Canyon Blvd
- Malibu Lagoon State Beach - Located where Malibu Creek meets the ocean, just west of the Malibu Pier, including:
- The Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum, a National Historical Site and registered California Landmark, is located here
- The Malibu Pier and Adamson House are owned by State Parks
- Malibu Surfrider Beach - Located along the 23000 block of PCH. Surfrider is the first World Surfing Reserve (dedicated in 2010) and the location of the world famous Malibu Pier. Owned and managed by State Parks.
- Dan Blocker Beach - A Los Angeles County beach located between Puerco Canyon and Corral Canyon along PCH
- Big Dume State Beach - A State Parks-operated beach accessed from Cliffside Drive
- Point Dume State Beach - Accessed from Westward Beach Rd; parking is fee-based; a State-owned beach, operated by Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors
- Westward Beach - Also known as "Free Zuma;" limited street parking available
- Zuma Beach - Entrance is located just west of Heathercliff Dr; plenty of fee-based parking available; the largest beach in Malibu, owned and operated by County Beaches and Harbors
- La Piedra Beach - One of the Robert H. Meyer State Beaches; limited parking available
- Nicholas Canyon Beach - A Los Angeles County beach located at 33850 PCH
- El Pescador Beach - One of the Robert H. Meyer State Beaches; limited parking available
- El Matador - One of the Robert H. Meyer State Beaches; limited parking available
More information about the County-operated beaches can be found on the Beaches and Harbors website, including a comprehensive Beach Guide, which lists all Los Angeles County beaches, along with descriptions, amenities, and directions.. Additional information about the State-operated beaches can be found at the California Department of Parks and Recreation website.
Heal the Bay is an environmental non-profit organization dedicated to making the coastal waters and watersheds of Greater Los Angeles safe, healthy and clean through the use of science, education, community action, and advocacy. Heal the Bay publishes an annual Beach Report Card at the beginning of every summer season. The Beach Report Card list grades for every beach along the coast based on levels of fecal-indicator bacterial pollution in the ocean measured by County health agencies. The goal of the Beach Report Card is to provide beachgoers with the information they need to stay safe when they go to the beach.
Alcohol is strictly prohibited on any State or County beach. There is a zero tolerance policy and citations are issued. Smoking is also banned on all beaches, County or State, between the Malibu city lines. View additional information about beach ordinances.
Beach Event Permits
View information on permit requirements for beach events.