Location: 27400 Pacific Coast Hwy Malibu, CA 90265
How to get there
At the east end of the beach access is easy as it is right on the PCH at around 27520. Just find the Escondido Beach Road, and just there is the entrance.
Alternatively, drive along the PCH going west until you get to 27400. There are three parking spots, for costal access only, and a narrow flight of 14 steps up to a narrow gateway. The narrow access way slopes down then spirals around down to the beach. It isn't the most convenient access way, but the views on the end are great.
About Escondido Beach
This small quiet stretch of beach is unusual in that the sand goes right up to the PCH at one point, and it is here that there is an access gate. Although partly hidden by overhanging trees it isn't that hard to find, and then it is just a few steps down from the sidewalk to the sand. Escondido Beach extends westward along a narrow strip and goes as far as Geffrey's Malibu, the well-known restaurant. But it is that small patch near the entrance that people are most often using to sit on a beach matt and sunbath.
There are no facilities here, so bring your own stuff and also, of course, no lifeguards. The water is clear and the sand fine but as the available space is quite small it isn't somewhere to go with a crowd. More like a place to hang out for a few hours and top up the tan. Alternatively, it is a good setting off point for kayaking and it is an easy pull along the coast to Paradise Cove, where you could stop for lunch or a drink, before going back. Parking is street parking on PCH but is often busy with cars parked by people walking the Canyon if not going to the beach.
Food: Geoffrey's Malibu is right at the west end of the beach, near the accessway, and is renowned in the area for its Baked Brie, Chiliean Sea Bass and Ahi Tuna Tartar, but try any of their amazing creations. Open for lunch and dinner every day.
Here is Escondido Beach on the map.