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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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If you drive through Malibu on Route 1 and not stop here, you'll really miss how beautiful Malibu is. We had a great hike over the hills and down to the beach. It was absolutely... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Richmond, Virginia
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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

If you drive through Malibu on Route 1 and not stop here, you'll really miss how beautiful Malibu is. We had a great hike over the hills and down to the beach. It was absolutely stunning

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

Point Dume juts out at the northern end of Santa Monica Bay as a unique natural landmark like no other. It is a small world by itself. Below is the isolated Pirate's Cove, long a nude beach. It is a challenging climb up the rocks and paths from the south end of Zuma Beach.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

If you have a sunny afternoon or evening to spare (which is easy to come by while in Southern California), this is a great spot. This is an amazing spot in Malibu. We stopped by here on a Friday afternoon and parked in the lot on the beach, which had plenty of open spots. We walked up the path a... More 

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

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

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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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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