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Leo Carrillo State Park and Beach

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Address: 35000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265
Phone Number: 818-880-0350
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Wonderful Tidepools

I've been coming here since the 70s, and it continues to be my favorite place to enjoy tide pools. The campground is nice - set back into the canyon away from the highway and the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 3, 2016
PilotNate52
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Yorktown, Virginia
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Yorktown, Virginia
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42 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

I've been coming here since the 70s, and it continues to be my favorite place to enjoy tide pools. The campground is nice - set back into the canyon away from the highway and the beach. The beach is a bit rocky - not good for surfing or swimming really, but wonderful for exploring the marine life. From seals and... More 

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Richmond, BC, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

The beaches here are very nice! We visited Zuma beach while camping at Leo Carrillo. All the sites are fairly similar and you can pick and choose whether you want to be near the washroom or not. This campsite was not as clean as the other Cali state parks we visited. A few of the visitors drove very fast even... More 

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

We have spent a lot of time along the rocky coastlines of the Monterey Bay/Carmel area, but such dramatic beauty is hard to find along the LA/SoCal coast, which is what makes Carrillo State Park special. If it were along the Big Sur coast, Carrillo would just be another outcropping of rock, but being this near the SoCal beaches makes... More 

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

We enjoyed our day at Leo Carillo State Beach. There are nice tidal pools here. Its a good place to take a walk or just look at the amazingly beautiful Pacific Ocean. In the summer its great for swimming. This time we were there in November. its also a good place for surf fishing. There is also a campground.

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La Crescenta, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

This is a one of the better state parks with access to the nearby beach and an exceptional hiking trail up nearby Sycamore canyon.

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Sherman Oaks, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

So much to experience at this beach. Wear water shoes so you can clamber into the water and explore the beautiful tide pools that are teeming with marine life. Climbing the rocks is also super fun. Parking is easy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

The water is a bit chilly so you might want to bring a wetsuit. Water visibility is clear if you go snorkeling or diving. Great kid friendly beaches to walk around. Great for spearfishing or recreational diving. Just a few surf spots along the beach. Don't plan on going snorkeling or diving on a day that it is windy as... More 

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Outer Banks, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

I sought out someplace like Leo Carrillo Beach for how different it is from the beaches on the east coast. The cliffs offer beautiful views and if you visit at low tide the caves are amazing! BUT be prepared. If you're used to warm beaches of the east coast in the summer, you may want to bring a sweater and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

This was part of our day trip and was a great stop along the way. Great rocks to climb on to take photos. Quiet this time of year!

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Thousand Oaks, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Follow the creek under Pacific Coast Highway to the beach. Enjoy great tide pools at low tide - I've seen octopus, nudibranch (vibrant orange and purple), sea hare, along with the more common starfish, urchin, anemone, etc. Now follow the beach north at low tide to find the cave! If you are small enough, you can crawl through a hole... More 

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