A Day at Point Dume State Beach
Point Dume State Beach
Having been to California often to visit friends and family, I decided we should start making an effort to visit different beaches on each visit to add something new to our trips out west. One particular trip we decided to spend a day at Point Dume State Beach in Malibu, California.
Point Dume State Beach is located north of Los Angeles and depending on where you come from and what day it is, your commute to the beach from Los Angeles could range from an hour to two hours… you know how traffic is.
Point Dume is a huge stretch of white, sandy beach bookended by Point Dume’s bluffs to the south and Westward Beach to the north. The trip to Point Dume State Beach takes you through some winding residential areas where you’ll potentially have zero percent phone service so make sure you know where you’re going or download a map for offline use prior to your drive. The beach has a huge parking lot a short distance from the ocean.
There's a hidden beach called Pirate's Cove
One of the biggest reasons we wanted to spend the day at Point Dume State Beach was to explore the hidden beach they call Pirate’s Cove. To access, we climbed the worn path several others took over the rocks. We passed several people rock climbing along the way. The path was rocky but worn so you knew where to step but wearing cheap flip flops wasn’t the best idea.
If you’re lucky, the beach is secluded but it’s always beautiful. We had an off and on again foggy day but the weather was perfect.
What to know before you go
For the most up to date information check the park’s website before visiting. (view page)
-Hours are sunrise to sunset
-There’s a large pay parking lot at the edge of the beach
-Dogs are strictly prohibited
-Stay on existing trails and fenced in areas to prevent any additional erosion
Please be cautious of lifeform from tidepools, to plants, to rocks. All are protected here and you should not remove or damage it.
Have you been to Point Dume before or plan on going? Let me know in the comments!