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Point Dume State Beach and Preserve

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Address: Cliff Drive, Malibu, CA
Phone Number: 805-488-1827
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Classic California Beach Walking

Point Dume is a quiet "get away" spot to experience the beach scene - to walk on the sand & to hopefully see a pod of dolphins swimming off the coast. Fairly rustic with minimal... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

Point Dume is a quiet "get away" spot to experience the beach scene - to walk on the sand & to hopefully see a pod of dolphins swimming off the coast. Fairly rustic with minimal amenities. Bring a picnic basket & enjoy it all.

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College Station, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

This place has has the Republican Blues, i.e., when you hate government, you get State Natural Preserves like this. The fences are rusted and fallen, people are deviating from estabilished trails, making new trails, and producing some nasty erosion features. It is just a worn, heavily used preserve with little evidence of rational stewardship and lots of loose trash. On... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

If you like to adventure Dume Beach should be your next stop. Upon walking along the shore line to our destination we saw 50+ Dolphins playfully swimming, jumping, surfing the waves at the beach, literally 5 feet from us. Once we got the end of the beach we hiked over the rock wall which exposes a beautiful horseshoe shaped hidden... More 

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Johnson City, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

When we thought the drizzling rain and fog had squelched any chances of seeing a whale or anything of interest, we were about to turn back. However, then we saw a small pod of about 4-5 dolphins swimming parallel to the shore. We watched them for a while. When we walked along to another lookout area, we heard the sea... More 

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Princeton,NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Hard to get parking but beautiful, panoramic views. Not sure that the 30 minute drive in traffic was worth it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Beautiful beach. Parking is difficult as there are only about 6 free parking spaces designated for this beach and they are limited to 2 hours. If they are taken you need to park at Zuma or Westward ($3-$10 depending on the day) and walk here. Unfortunately due to the recent oil spill in Santa Barbara there is currently a problem... More 

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Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

We spent a wonderful afternoon hiking around and enjoying this special place. Well worth the time and effort to get here. The drive up the coast from LA and then back through the mountains makes for a wonderful day. Very highly recommended.

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Paulinia, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Mandatory visit for people who likes taking photos or just enjoy the viewing and relax a little bit. There is a stairway available, so you can access the beach in the base of the cliffs, but you will need legs to come up again. Unfortunately, at least when I visited, the place was in need of a little bit more... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

My boyfriend and I love visiting Malibu, especially Point Dume Beach! It's not as crowded as the other LA beaches. The part I love the most is the little hike up to the top. Great views of the beach and towering cliffs! If you keep walking, you'll see a little area where you can sit and watch seals and sometimes... More 

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Athens, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The rock formations here and the lack of houses on the top of the bluff make this an ideal spot for television and movie filming. The beach and rocky bluff area was used for the last scene in the original Planet of The Apes movie where Charleton Heston finds the remains of the Statue of LIberty. This was also the... More 

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Address: Cliff Drive, Malibu, CA
Phone Number: 805-488-1827
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Malibu>  > Malibu

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