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Malibu Lagoon State Beach

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Address: 23200 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265
Phone Number: 818 880 0350
Activities: Picnicking, Swimming

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Good for photography

This is a gorgeous area for photography. The beautiful water, rocks, landscape, backdrop, clean sand, etc. There are a lot of birds and surfers. This is a great place to relax and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 2, 2015
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68 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This beach was so incredibly beautiful! It was fun to climb some rocks on the cliffs and watch the breathtaking view of the great pacific from above. Saw some playful seals jumping in the water. Absolutely loved this beach

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Vancouver, BC
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The Malibu Lagoon provided just the quiet California beach experience I was looking for. Most of the local beaches in LA are wide expanses of sand, but this cute little lagoon is an exception worth checking out, with its shore-bird and sea-bird population. The informative tables dotted around the lagoon are a nice touch, as they give you info on... More 

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Top Contributor
258 reviews 258 reviews
93 attraction reviews
198 helpful votes 198 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

This is a gorgeous area for photography. The beautiful water, rocks, landscape, backdrop, clean sand, etc. There are a lot of birds and surfers. This is a great place to relax and watch all the surfers (or watch the birds). But if you're not a surfer or sunbather, I wouldn't recommend planning to spend a long time here. It didn't... More 

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Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
41 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

With a 3rd grade class and a science field trip the Lagoon is a great place for exploration and hands on learning. Maximize on the tactile options for learning and enjoy.

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Orange County, CA
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

A great wide open beach in Malibu to hang out and relax. Loved all the birds... Tons of them all over the place. The pelicans were particularly striking.

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Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We were on our first vacation from South Africa, to the States, and Malibu was one the the sights that we had on our list of places to "Must" visit. Especially since we see it in american music videos and movies. We were staying in an apartment in Hollywood, and took a long bus ride to Malibu. We found it... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

A bit crowded for my taste. Lots going on in the water surfing (not a place to swim) prefer Zuma beach for that.The atmosphere on the beach and in the water was a little weird.A little to pumped up ...for what ???. If you are not a seasoned surfer go elsewhere,there are better places to catch a wave / lay... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

There are many great features of malibu, but unless you are an awesome surfer, with a tough skin, surfing is not one of them. I visited this beach in August and the surf was up. The shops in town are keen to rent to anybody and boards were flying out of the doors. BUT although there were over 200 people... More 

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Mullica Hill, New Jersey
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150 reviews 150 reviews
41 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

It really is a beautiful place to visit. White sand beach. Tons of surfers up and down the coast. Really cool beach.

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Goodyear, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Nice beach, sand is white and lots of space. Lots of family. Volleyball is played. Nice pics of sunset.

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The Malibu coastline is like a chameleon. In some areas it resembles the French Riviera with its lush, green hillsides descending into crescent-shaped shorelines. In others, it feels 100% Southern Californian with beaches wide and flat as a football field, and often crowded with beach-goers lounging on towels and playing volleyball. Other coastlines still feel secluded, tucked under tall cliffs and dotted with stunning rock formations. In certain areas, where the ocean waves are just right, surfers can be seen bobbing in the water. Up in the mountains to the east hikers take in truly stunning views of the ocean and the sprawling Los Angeles landscape. And along Pacific Coast Highway, restaurants are filled with visitors and locals from all walks of life. Stumble into the right place at the right time, and you’ll likely encounter a celebrity.
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