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Topanga Beach

Location: 18700 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, CA 90265

How to get there

On Pacific Coast Highway between Topanga Canyon Blvd. and Tuna Canyon Road. Metro bus stop right next to the beach. Right outside the Getty Villa.

About Topanga

One of the more quiet beaches that still has proper facilities. A great place to go with the family and take the kids because it is quiet and safe.  Surfers also like this beach as a place to train or for beginners to learn. You won't find experienced surfers here as much as at Surf rider, but there are still some great waves due to the shape of the ocean floor here.

There are three ways to get down from the road down to the beach, two of them are proper stairways and the other is climbing through the rocks that separate the road from the sand.  Near one of the stairways is the restrooms, showers and lifeguard station.

The stairways are wide, concrete steps with proper handrails and easy to navigate and not dangerous unlike some of the more remote beaches.

Want to boogie board or paddle board with your kids? Then this is the place to come.  It is not a dog friendly beach though so leave the pooch at home.

You will also find people windsurfing and kayaking off the beach which is all allowed.  People who have been hiking the hillsides nearby often end up on the beach to cool down afterwards.

The first real beach in Malibu is rocky and narrow. A popular surfing spot but too rocky for safe swimming. Beach wheelchairs available.

Parking lot map: West Lot, East Lot


Parking fees: Winter $3.00 to $8.00; Summer $3.00 to $14.00

There is a food concession on the beach itself and also picnic tables if you want to bring your own food here.

Lifeguards are on duty during daylight hours and will ticket you if you take a dog here as this is not a dog friendly beach.


Here is Topanga 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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