Beaches

Surfrider:
Surfrider Beach is a famous right-break that had a big impact on the surfing culture in Southern California in the 1960s. Located near the Malibu Pier, it is still probably the most surfed spot in Los Angeles County.

Surfrider Beach has three primary parts to the wave. First Point is a perfect wave that is very popular with longboarders. Second Point is the main wave for high performance surfing. It has a main take off that lines up and connects into the inside called the "kitty bowl". Sometimes barreling, this is where most of the high performance shortboarding takes place. Lastly, Third Point which consists of both a left and right. The right usually closes out into Second Point where as the left can go all the way through. On the best south swells of the summer, usually in late August and September, you can get rides from the top of Third all the way to the pier - a couple hundred yards.

Zuma Beach:
This county beach is located at 30000 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. One of the largest and most popular beaches in the Los Angeles County, Zuma is known for its long, wide sands and excellent surf. Zuma is protected by the Lifeguard unit with 14 lifeguard towers and has one of four L.A County Section Headquarters located at the center of the beach. Like all beaches with good surf, Zuma has its share of rip currents. Visitors are encouraged not to swim or surf in front of the Lifeguard Headquarters between Towers 8 and 9, an area particularly prone to rip currents.

Escondido Beach:
This is a short and narrow beach that runs from Escondido Beach Rd on the Pacific Coast Highway to Geoffrey’s restaurant. It’s popular put-in point for kayakers. Be sure to take a visit and enjoy the scenery!

Westward Beach:
Westward Beach Road runs at the base of sea cliffs that jut out into the ocean at Point Dume. The public beach adjoins Westward Beach Road and the parking lot.
Point Dume is quieter than Zuma Beach because it’s farther from the highway. The beach is fairly narrow, so even without a beach wheelchair you can enjoy views of the water from the vicinity of the parking lot or from the asphalt pad near the third restroom building past the parking lot entrance.
The boardwalk overlooks the State Preserve, where volunteers are removing invasive iceplant to restore native coastal scrub habitat. It’s a good place for whale watching in season.

Leo Carillo Beach:
The park has 1.5 miles of beach for swimming, surfing, windsurfing, surf fishing and beachcombing. The beach also has tide pools, coastal caves and reefs for exploring. Giant sycamores shade the main campgrounds. The park also features back-country hiking.

Nature walks and campfire programs are offered and a small visitor center has interpretive displays. During the summer, children's programs are available. The park is located 28 miles northwest of Santa Monica on the Pacific Coast Highway


Mountains

Arroyo Sequit Mountains:

Accessed from Mulholland Highway, Arroyo Sequit features an intermittent stream, a loop trail, and meadows that are blanketed with wildflowers in the Spring. Arroyo Sequit is a small site that may be easy to overlook, but provides for intimate, relaxing strolls. It is also a favorite among evening stargazers, but contact the National Park Service to find out about accessing the site after hours.

The park is located at 34138 Mulholland Highway, Malibu. Take Pacific Coast Highway to Mulholland Highway. Turn inland on Mulholland Highway, six miles to park entrance on the right side of the road.

Solstice Canyon:

The solitude, serenity, and abundant natural resources have attracted people to Solstice Canyon for centuries. The Chumash historically used the land for food, water and shelter.

Ranchers grazed cattle in the area for many years. Around 1865, Matthew Keller built a stone cottage, which is still visible from Solstice Canyon Trail. The cottage is believed to be the oldest existing stone building in Malibu.

Today, Solstice Canyon still serves as a haven from city life. The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy first opened Solstice Canyon as a public park in 1988. It is now managed by the National Park Service.

Visit Solstice Canyon, where the old meets the new. Help us to preserve and protect its serenity and beauty for all to enjoy. The main entrance is on Corral Canyon Road off cross street of Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 1).