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Leo Carrillo State Park and Beach

35000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265
818-880-0350
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Ranked #9 of 28 Attractions in Malibu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Beaches, State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Swimming, Camping, Hiking
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Los Angeles
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

If you can only make a very quick stop to a beach, certainly it makes sense to visit Venice Beach or the Santa Monica Pier. They are quick and full of local cultural vibe. But if time allows and you would like to enjoy more coastal beauty…then I highly recommend driving up the coast just 45 minutes to Leo Carrrillo... More

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Southern California
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This is a nice family friendly campground. Bathrooms generally clean and hot showers! If anyone is interested in shaping spots for Memorial Day weekend 2015, please reply!

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Orlando, FL USA
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68 reviews 68 reviews
14 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The beach is nice and family friendly. Parking is a bit dodgy if you decide to park along PCH, but you can pay and go into the park and that is much easier. Surf spots look nice. Coming from Florida the water is much colder during the summer than our waters from the Sunshine State.

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Exeter, New Hampshire
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117 reviews 117 reviews
40 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Our sister inlaw took us here, it is their family's favorite beach in North LA and Ventura Counties. We enjoyed ourselves for 4 hours, I surfed for most of that time. The facilities are nice, you can park for free on the PCH, the walk is not any longer than in the state beach lots. Want to go back again!

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Los Angeles, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

It's one of the only Los Angeles beaches that allows dogs. The dog owner seem to be responsible, didn't see any dog pop on the beach. There are grills and pi chic tables, but you'll need to get there early to lay claim.

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Calgary, Canada
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111 reviews 111 reviews
27 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Yet another great beach near Malibu, the rocky outcrops are where the start of Grease was filmed for those movie buffs. Clean, lots of lifeguards, I suggest trying to park along the highway to save some cash.

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California, Maryland
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

From my research, several sites stated this beach is good for a one day beach goer. There are a lot of things to do and it worth a longer drive and it should not be crowded, I took the bait. We had to wait one half of an hour in traffic to turn in to the parking lot, the cars... More

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Los Angeles, California
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20 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

You can camp, swim, scuba, fish, kitesurf, stand up paddle, surf, hike, or just sit and have a beer watching your campfire. I visit a lot, just to ride my bicycle around the camps , and under the bridge to the beach, and up to the lifeguard lookout for views. This place is a gem ! You really need to... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Wow! What a wonderful place to explore! The beach area was a bit crowded, but it was June anyway. The tide pools were incredible to explore, we saw crabs, snails, fish, mussels, birds, etc. What was really exciting were the sea caves! We'd wait for the waves to roll out to scoot through and around the crags to the next... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Tide pools are amazing for those with young children, and the first time I've been on a beach with lifeguards that interact with people. The only drawback is the tar which (according to the lifeguard) is naturally occurring and also from oil fields near by. Had it stuck all over our shoes and feet. Still a great beach.

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