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Address: Westward Beach Drive and Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA

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Favorite of locals looking for a spot of sand and a great view of the waves (and usually some marine life). Not a surfing beach at all. Safe for kids - never crowded.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2016
Nancy I
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Santa Barbara
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Favorite of locals looking for a spot of sand and a great view of the waves (and usually some marine life). Not a surfing beach at all. Safe for kids - never crowded.

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Malibu, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016

Westward Beach is just south of Zuma and actually connected. It's about a mile long. Take the ZUMA exit and follow westward road south. Lots of room and space for all. Nice wide sandy beach with plenty of restrooms and trash cans....use them Put your trash in the cans. Lifeguard towers and a smaller headquarters south near pt. dume. Parking... More 

Thank SanMo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2016

This is a wonderful sandy beach with amazing views. Much more quiet than most of the other beaches in the area.

Englewood, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Do not miss this beach! It's tucked around the bend from Zuma and I found it to be much nicer and less crowded than Zuma. The views are beautiful and it's easy access to the Point Dume Hiking Trails... I would recommend checking this place out!!!!

Thank Brendan P
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

Very nice beach. Accessible by car, free and paid parking (fee area is much less crowded). Restrooms, outdoor showers and foot showers, restaurant halfway along beach. At end is Point Dume with waves breaking on rocks. Great sand and surf to walk and wade in, spectacular place for sunsets. Overall a wonderful and relaxing place to hang out.

Thank Merrill C
Malibu, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Like the adjacent Zuma Beach, it has plenty of paid parking, restrooms and a big life guard station -- plus a really good restaurant right at the entrance (The Sunset). Best of all, it's a lot less crowded than Zuma Beach -- and you're right next to the Point Dume Headlands State Park.

Thank Newsdoc
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Get there as early as possible. We got there at 11:30am and all of the parking was full with no nearby parking anywhere. There was no street parking, the free and paid lots were both full as well. We ended up not being able to enjoy Westward at all but had to drive further north up the coast.

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Malibu, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I've been all over the world, and have visited most of the famous beaches and when I come home to Malibu - I still think West are between the two main beaches, although if you have kids or are going to be in the water alot you might want to be closer to a life guard. Due to limited parking,... More 

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Malibu, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

As beautiful as Zuma with a LOT less people! The sand is a little firmer, but beautifully situated. This isn't where you go if you want to play volleyball (no nets), but if you want to relax at the beach without fighting the crowds, this is your beach...

2 Thank MalibuMomma
New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

I was tipped off to this area by a hiking book that mentioned the beach walk from Point Dume to Paradise Cove. Westward beach (just below Point Dume) has quickly become my favorite place in the world. I've been back about 6 or 7 times already (I just moved to L.A. last year and live about 30 minutes away). So... More 

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