Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) divides the bustling city of Los Angeles from the serene beaches of the California coastline. Most beaches are far enough away from the city, but Point Dume will transport you to the paradise that all beaches should be. A short drive on PCH will take you to the end of Westward Beach Road; park on the street for free or pay to park in the lot. Remember to follow the trail to avoid disturbing vegetation and natural sand dunes along the cliffs. When you've reached the peak of the bluff, stop for a moment to take in the breathtaking view, encompassing the Malibu coastline, Santa Monica Bay, and Catalina Island. The Point is also a great place to scan for gray whales—they are native to the area and are most frequently spotted between December and March.
Point Dume does not have food or bathroom facilities, but the unaltered setting really adds to the location's ambience. Visitors can expect to see lively tide pool cultures, novice rock climbers scaling the cliffs, and plenty of surfers. The land creates an excellent right point break, but experience is recommended before braving the surf due to strong waves and sharp reefs below the surface; however, swimmers often enjoy waters closer to the shore.
Little Dume, a private beach accessible only to those with a key, is just on the other side of the point. Key holders gain their privilege by living in the bordering mansions, but the proximity often results in celebrity sightings.
If nothing else, come for sunset. The sun, dropping below the water, reflects off the beige cliffs casting a brilliant red across the ocean.
- 29398 Cliffside Drive Malibu, Los Angeles CA
- Point Dume / CA State Parks: www.parks.ca.gov
- Point Dume: www.watchthewater.org
- LA County Department of Public Health, Water Quality: www.lapublichealth.org
- LA County of Beaches & Harbors: www.beaches.co.la.ca.us
- A Wheelchair Riders Guide to LA Beaches: www.coastalconservancy.ca.gov