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Leo Carrillo State Park and Beach

35000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265
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Ranked #11 of 29 attractions in Malibu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Beaches, State Parks
Activities: Swimming, Camping, Hiking
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Las Vegas, Nevada
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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Oswego, New York
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55 reviews 55 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Ok so I know it's a little further up the road but it is such a lovely spot. I'm someone who prefers the ocean cliffs to just long sandy beaches and this beach has both. The sunsets there are just fabulous. Really worth driving up the coast further.

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Camarillo, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I've been here for day trips only. There is a campground that is within walking distance of the beach as well. You can access the beach from the street and there is some street parking (which goes fast, so get there early). I recommend paying the $12 parking fee for the day. That said, the beach is excellent. There are... More

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Lahaina, HI
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59 reviews 59 reviews
25 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

It was a great beach to have the dogs, beautiful views, clean, and lovely views. Good facilities and well maintained. A great beach park, we will be back.

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Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

You really can't go wrong with any of the Malibu beaches along the PCH, but we continued onto this park and we were not disappointed. Beach has some interesting rock and cave formations that are fun to explore and features which are not at every beach. Beach was also uncrowded but we did go on a weekday. And since it... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
19 reviews 19 reviews
17 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Time frame did not allow for visiting during low tide so was unable to enjoy sea life in the tide pools. I was heading north on the PCH but asked the park ranger at the Leo Carrillo State Park entrance if I could park within the 20 minute visitor parking spaces and he agreed. Walk to the beach was scenic... More

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London, Canada
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130 reviews 130 reviews
85 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

This was one of our favorite beaches along the Pacific! Absolutely beautiful scenery, rock formations, caves, very nice beach and the tidepools were filled with starfish, anemones and other cool creatures! We'd never seen so many starfish- watch for them clinging on to the rocks at low tide! Spectacular! Be sure to park on the highway for free and walk... More

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Redlands, California
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

Beautiful, clean. Staff is nice. Unfortunately they do not enforce the rules. Expected a quiet, relaxing weekend. Got just the opposite. Loud music from several spaces all afternoon until 2am (not supposed to be allowed at any time). A lot of loud partying before and after 10pm quiet time. Apparently no one patrols. Complaints to camp host brought promises but... More

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Los Angeles, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

Wonderful campground; very well maintained and lots of amenities. Each campsite has a picnic table and a fire pit. The restrooms are clean and there are token-operated showers. The area is beautiful. There is access to the beach; although when we were there the north beach (and unfortunately the only beach that allows dogs) was closed when we were there... More

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