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More rustic beach in Malibu? What about parking?

This summer I'll be in Malibu with my family, staying in nearby Oxnard. I was wondering if the beach in Malibu allows for some swimming (and nearby parking)?

What about rip tides and high waves? Any spot you are able to recommend, maybe this can be outside Malibu, more towards Santa Barbara or even around Oxnard..

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1. Re: More rustic beach in Malibu? What about parking?

Oxnard is about 30 minutes from Malibu by car. The entire stretch of Malibu is great for swimming and has parking.

Zuma is closer to Oxnard and has plentiful parking and great swimming. Sometimes the waves can get big, but rip tides are pretty rare. If there's a rip tide, the lifeguard puts out a flag.

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2. Re: More rustic beach in Malibu? What about parking?

Thank you Yogachik for your prompt response. Do you also have experience with the beaches around Oxnard?

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3. Re: More rustic beach in Malibu? What about parking?

The beaches in Oxnard are really not that great , in my opinion. If you want something more family oriented, the nearby San Bueanaventua Beach is great. It has some cool things for the kids including a replica / play pirate ship that the kids can clambor on. Also swings, walking paths, picnic tables.

Take the 101 to Seaward then left on Harbor.

Dr. Z

P.S. Where are you staying in Oxnard?

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4. Re: More rustic beach in Malibu? What about parking?

Our family is more older and we already avoid for 15+ years the play pirate ships. :-) Staying in Oxnard around the harbor.

We are used to white beaches with azur-blue seas, but I think that's not at Oxnard probably.

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5. Re: More rustic beach in Malibu? What about parking?

If you're staying by the Oxnard Harbor then you may also want to consider Hollywood Beach. It's walking distance from the harbor.

You won't see azure colored seas here but the sand is nice and it's fairly quiet.

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6. Re: More rustic beach in Malibu? What about parking?

Thanks again. :-) Will consider that one. Are there in the neighbourhood any more azur-colored beaches or ones more covered with palm trees (for some shade)? Or is that more towards San Diego?

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7. Re: More rustic beach in Malibu? What about parking?

Our beaches are not covered in palm trees, nor is the Pacific ocean azur colored. Our coastline is alternately wide expanses of sand, and rugged rocky shore. Further north you go, the bluer the ocean, but it's also more rugged. The palm trees line the streets, not the sand.

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8. Re: More rustic beach in Malibu? What about parking?

Don't expect warm ocean water to swim in, either. Even in the summer months, the water doesn't get toasty warm.

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9. Re: More rustic beach in Malibu? What about parking?

Thanks everyone. Will write down your suggestions. Would you recommend otherwise to stay at a different place than Oxnard for 3 nights? (will come from Cambria and after Oxnard will go to Las Vegas). It seems ideal for the proximity to Malibu.

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10. Re: More rustic beach in Malibu? What about parking?

You can find wonderful beaches in Malibu. Just avoid the ones with surfing, as you are not allowed to swim near surfers (or at least shouldn't).

Nicholas Canyon can be nice and has updated parking and even a shower.

As far as rips, if the surf gets over about 4 feet there can be rips and there is usually a current that can drag you parallel to the shore.

At Zuma, on big wave days, the lifeguards will be out in force, blowing their whistles, telling folks to come back in to the shallow water.