Malibu, California is a 15 mile long jewel in the coastal crown of the Pacific Coast Highway. Not as intimating as its upscale reputation, Malibu is simply a beach bum and surfer’s paradise that happens to house a lot of wealthy people. It’s also home to an incredible number of health food restaurants, one very busy McDonald’s, and a charming ocean side pier busy with fishermen and strolling tourists.
One of the highlights of Malibu is the Point Dume Nature reserve, a truly stunning stretch of coast featuring a rocky promontory that juts into the sea. The vast and beautiful Zuma Beach lies to its immediate North. Sea lions dot the rocks, and in the winter months (December through April) Point Dume is the best beach in Los Angeles to spot the Pacific gray whale annual migration from the Bering Sea in Alaska to Baja California Sur, Mexico. There is a cliff side hike with ocean views that my daughter and I wanted explore after reading that the experience will take your breath away and soothe your soul at the same time. A “yelp” reviewer described it best:
“Ah, it never gets old to drive up the 1 and bask in the serenity that Mother Nature has blessed the California Coast with. Easy parking. Easy Walk. So much 360 degree beauty, you’ll want to put it on your bucket list.”
Worn and rusty from standing years in the sea air, the long staircase gives easy access to the rocky beach and tidal pools. A few loose boards may make the journey down a little interesting.
Point Dume and the beautiful Zuma Beach.
After experiencing the natural wonders of Dume Point, we headed out for a bite to eat, and wouldn’t you know, we ended up at the McDonald’s drive through. Eating at a farm to table restaurant like a true Southern Californian would have to wait until the next trip. Insiders tip: The Malibu McDonald’s sells the cutest T-Shirts featuring Ronald McDonald riding the waves on a surf board. If it sounds tacky, it is, but worth every penny of the $12.00 purchase price.
Point Dume is a California State Preserve located 18 miles west of Pacific Coast Highway, along Cliffside Drive. Operated by Los Angeles County, it is overseen by the lifeguard branch of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, and was named after Padre Francisco Dumetz of Mission San Buenaventura by George Vancouver in 1793. The beach was officially named “Dume” after the misspelling of Dumetz’s name on an 18th century map was never corrected!
27807 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265