Malibu Blues

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.”

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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.

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Point Dume and the beautiful Zuma Beach.

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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!

Trailhead Address:

27807 Pacific Coast Highway

Malibu, CA 90265

68 comments

  • Thank you for taking me on this journey, Elisa… Physically unable to travel… I so appreciate your beautiful descriptive words and magnificent photos, so that I may experience something that I would otherwise be unable to vision…
    Thank you so much for sharing this experience…
    Hope your Monday is most beautiful…
    Michael

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    • Hi Michael. Your words have touched me in a way that is difficult to describe, unlike your comment that brought great understanding. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. Warm wishes to you,
      Elisa

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  • This staircase motif reminds me of an old Danish popular song translated into English “Girl tread carefully because the stage is oblique” – all fantastic photos with wonderful views, Elisa… 🙂

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    • I appreciate it more with each visit, Sally. Especially now that I’m home in our heatwave of a place called the great state of Georgia. Hot and humid but with charms of its own…
      Glad you stopped by, have a great week!

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  • Love that blue color and your description of the coast. So lovely! We are excited – we fly to LA next week for 10 days. I saved your previous post about Griffith Park and made sure we have time to visit. We’ll be staying in Long Beach, Catalina, and Dana Point. Hoping to see some whales. Always love your posts!

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    • Pam, I often think of you when I visit California. We seem to visit in bits and pieces, so I’m looking forward to one day spending a few weeks driving up the coast for total immersion. I’ll be asking you advice, especially in Northern Cal. Take care, and have a great week!

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      • I’ll be thrilled to give you advice. It will be an awesome experience! The most magical time of year is late April when the flowers are blooming. But anytime is very nice.

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  • Stunning scenery, Elisa! We drove the coastline from SF to LA a decade or so ago, your beautiful photos brought me back to the trip …

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  • Hi Elisa,

    The staircase certainly looks challenging, obviously not one for running up and down. Would make for a good workout in that regard.

    We’re on an off day between horse shows today. Tomorrow, a practice day. Wednesday, day one of the third horse show here in Iowa. Speaking of hot and sticky humid, that’s what it’s like here. We’ve had only had two rain delays, one lightning delay, but otherwise a nice stay. (The second rain delay was from a storm complex that made it’s way from NE Colorado.) You need to come to Iowa one summer, at least to see acres of corn and idle wind turbines. And, may be catch a horse show. 🙂

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    • David, hello to you and your family. You’ve been in Iowa for a while…did you rent a place? I think that would be fun, better way to immerse oneself in the local corn fields and heartland lifestyles. I’d love to see Iowa someday, and all the northern tier states that we tend to forget about. I’m sure it’s beautiful. I’m looking forward to reading about the shows! Safe travels.

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      • Yes, we’ve rented a place for the three weeks here in Iowa. We also did the same while we were in SoCal. It is a more relaxed way versus a hotel room and easier on the checkbook. Plus, the girls can stay with their specialized diet they eat during show season.

        If you get to see Iowa someday, take I-80 west into Nebraska, then take I-76 into Colorado. Then, you can visit. 🙂

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  • I forget how beautiful our state is sometimes when my head gets stuck in the sand. Thanks for lifting it to this amazing view.

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    • Your state, to put it mildly…rocks! I went outside one afternoon and laid down right on the grass in my daughter’s yard and gazed at the sky and a giant palm tree, and just savored the mild breezes. And she lives in the city!

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  • I recently discovered Malibu Creek State Park which I had never been to in all my years in LA… now I keep telling myself I must make it out to Point Dume… I didn’t even know there was a Nature Reserve there… now I am definitely motivated to go!

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    • I’m the same way with our area…so many beautiful places I never take advantage of exploring. When we’re visiting somewhere new for a short while, I think we’re more focused on experiencing as much as we can. I need to summon up the same urgency here, in my home state of Georgia! Thank you for stopping by!

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  • Great photos. It looks like such a beautiful place. The walk down the steps wouldn’t bother me, but the walk back up might. 🙂

    Why is that Macdonald’s so busy? Location?

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    • Ha, the walk up wasn’t so bad because there was so much more to see…the anticipation dulled the pain a little bit. And my theory about the McDonald’s popularity is due to the fact it’s the only fast food joint I could see off the highway, in a sea of health food restaurants. Sometimes you just gotta have a burger and a coke! 🙂

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  • MacDos are always busy, Draco – they’re addictive. They should give away that T-shirt – it’s free advertising. Seriously, California seldom looked better than she does in your pictures Elisa, especially that sky-blue water. This helps me keep that drought and forest fires out of my thoughts and see these nifty photos in my mind’s eye.

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    • Whitt, you live in a paradise of a state (setting the traffic aside) and I envy your being so near to the coast. And yes, the continued drought must keep many people awake at night. I heard the el nīno might help (or wreak more havoc) this fall. I will send positive energy.
      P.S. Our daughter goes to college in Southern Cal so I’m able to visit quite often, given me the opportunity to fall in love with the area. Take care!

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    • Thank you, Sylvia! I want one too, now…I bought one for my daughter and drove away empty handed. Would have been fun to wear around the house, and a good memory. I need to be more impulsive!

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    • The California coast never fails to take my breath away, Otto. When I see it, it’s as though I’ve come home again. And yes, my daughter has always had a lively spark about her, every day I’m with her is an adventure in it’s own. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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    • I guess who can blame them, right? What I like about Malibu is how the entire coastline is accessible to all. Everyone’s a celeb when it comes to the beach. 😉

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  • I am a California girl by birth (Huntington Beach) living in Western Canada since 1973 and I have to confess it’s those beaches and rolling surf I still miss- enjoyed your photos ~

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    • While Canada has its own unique beauty, I understand (deeply) how the California coast gets under the skin and stays there forever. I do love the time we have spend in SoCal! Thank you for stopping by and have a great weekend,
      Elisa

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  • Happy to found you here.I love your blog and your amazing Photos.We have a new blog createt by the things we love Travel.I Hope we can be friends here❤🌙❤

    Your

    Mindoftwo🌙

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  • Sad news, Mc Donald’s no longer sells those awesome t-shirts. Great find, nice of you to share.

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    • Ha, I’m so sorry it took me such a long time to reply. Sometimes I lose comments deep within my dusty blog. Those shirts sure were cute…let me know if they go on sale again!
      elisa

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