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Malibu Lagoon State Beach

Location: 3999 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu, CA 90265. West of Surfer's Point in Malibu

How to get there

Directly across from Malibu Country Mart. Or walk along beach from Paradise Cove.

About Malibu Lagoon Beach

This sandy beach is backed by a lagoon which you cross on boardwalks. As well as surfing, swimming and sunbathing this beach is also great for bird watching due to the nearby lagoon. There are also many pools around which contain interesting wildlife at times.

The sand here is very fine and at low tide, there are tide pools which can contain sea anemones and hermit crabs. Keen birdwatchers have reported seeing gulls, cormorants, great blue heron, snowy egret, osprey, royal tern, surf scoter, marbled godwit, American Wigeon, pelican, scaup, coot, common merganser, plovers and sandpipers. Organised water bird tours are available with local guides.

Because of the flat access from the road to the boardwalk to sand, this is a good choice for those with mobility limitations. There are rocks in the water here so wading in the sand is not recommended without suitable footwear. Surfers will appreciate the good breaks that occur about a quarter of a mile out, making it popular with locals who all welcome visiting surfers as well.

An unusual beach because of the combination with the wildlife of the lagoon, you will find the gardens, picnic seating and all you'd expect for a park, combined with lifeguards and fishing pier of a beach.  There are restrooms here but they are portable toilets only.


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A parking lot is available and also street parking nearby. Parking fees: No fees for parking on street. Parking in lot is $14.

If you want to eat nearby then there are restaurants in Malibu Country Mart but this is a great place for a picnic and that may be the best option for eating during a trip to the lagoon.

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Here is Malibu Lagoon State Beach on the map.


Nearby Attractions

While most people visit the beach just for a day of sand, sun, surf and fun, there are actually many interesting attractions all within easy reach of the beach. So if you want to combine some activities in a day in the area, or simply want to allow some members of your group to do different things, then consider some of these nearby attractions.

Point Dume - At the end of the beach, visible as you look all the way to the left while facing the sea, Point Dume is a rocky promontory that juts out into the Pacific Ocean. The point, a long bluff, forms the northern end of the Santa Monica Bay. It is most interesting as a rock climbing location as the rocking mound forms a natural climbing wall with very moderate single pitch rock climbing routes that are perfect for the beginner or training, or simply for those simply wishing to try out natural rock climbing.

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