Point Dume State Beach
Point Dume State Beach is found along the coast of Malibu, California, and features a long, white sandy beach with headlands, cliffs, and coves that aren’t easily accessible. You may also recognize this beach from some movies and TV shows, most recently The Last Man on Earth.
There’s a large parking lot with access near Point Dume which is where you will want to be if you are looking for Pirate’s Cove. You will drive through some residential areas and will probably lose cell phone service so if you are using GPS on your phone, download your map beforehand so you don’t lose your way.
Pirate’s Cove, A Hidden Beach
One of the biggest reasons we wanted to visit was to explore the hidden beach called Pirate’s Cove. Now, after visiting I can say it’s not as hidden as you think. Several beachgoers visited as we did, but it’s still a fun little adventure to go on.
To access it, you’ll climb the rock that juts out into the ocean from the beach. You’ll see the trail is worn by many people making the trek back and forth so do your best to stay where people have walked to avoid damaging any other rock area or life that may be growing. Note: Make sure to check the tide, high tide might make accessing the cove more difficult.
Love rocky, coastal California? Then check out my post on A Quick Trip to Big Sur for more beautiful views.
Know Before You Go
- For the most up-to-date information, check out the park’s website before visiting.
- Hours are sunrise to sunset.
- There’s a large pay parking lot at the edge of the beach near the point.
- Dogs are strictly prohibited from the beach.
- Stay on existing trails and fenced areas to prevent additional erosion or damage to tidepools and plants.