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“stroll over to Pirates Cove!”

Point Dume State Beach and Preserve
Ranked #4 of 53 things to do in Malibu
Certificate of Excellence
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Calgary, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
228 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“stroll over to Pirates Cove!”
Reviewed August 21, 2014

Been to Zuma/Point Dume few times and always love it, especially this time with my young son as before we left home we watched the original 1967 Planet of the Apes movie, and once we passed the rock wall where climbers scale and easily scramble around the point to the next tiny beach - Pirates Cove - and if you ever saw the end of that movie, this beach is where the finale of the movie takes place. The Statue of Liberty came out of the side of the far cliff with bird poop all over it and the rock wall behind the cliff where Charlton Heston had the gun battle with Dr.Zaius tied up. the cave to the Forbidden Zone is there but is not safe to ascend to at all. My son and I took many pictures we had fun setting up to mimic the movie.
Con is that it is a bit dirty with garbage and broken glass.
Parking is like $12+

Visited August 2014
Thank WelcomeMat
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Montecito, California
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3 reviews
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Reviewed August 20, 2014

Perfect 75 degree weather all summer. Locals are friendly and restaurants are fantastic. Celebrity sitingss numerous at the nearby Malibu Country Mart.

Visited July 2014
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Abington, Massachusetts
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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Reviewed August 11, 2014 via mobile

Breathtaking views from this park. Lots of friendly surfers. Not much parking. There is a nearby street where you can leave your car. I enjoyed the walk.

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Henderson, Nevada
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817 reviews
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“Wonderful Vantage Point for All Things Coastal”
Reviewed July 31, 2014

Bluff top preserve of coastal scrub, chaparral, and the like leading out to fantastic views of the Pacific. Only room for 11 cars (2 hr. parking) plus 2 handicap, so either come during a school week or park below along Westward Beach Road and hike up the traverse trail by Pirate's Cove. From the bluff you will have panoramic views north and south along the coastline. Sunsets are primo and with binoculars you can search the rocky pools below for harbor seals, sea lions, and dolphins. The area teems with birdlife and also looks down on the gray whale migrations. Trails meander throughout the bluffs and stairways lead down to both Pirates Cove and Dume Cove beaches. Pirates Cove sports a rock wall fancied by local climbers. Dume Cove is rocky but if you hike far enough north, you will get to good surf runs just short of Paradise Cove. Be careful of the high tide as you move around points. Best access from PCH going south is by Westward Beach Road left to Birdsview which becomes Cliffside and the bluff parking area. Driving north on the PCH, use Zumirez Dr. to Wildlife to Fernhill to Cliffside. There's actually a metro bus (534) but it has an awkward schedule and is set up for the wealthy commuters residing here. Someone asked if you walk in from the PCH. The answer is yes, about 30 minutes. If you make it a whole day this could be your plan.

Visited July 2014
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Level 6 Contributor
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30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Simply stunning ”
Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

Wow great view easy little stroll, could have looked up and down the coast for hours. We didn't walk down to the beach but looked stunning. Seriously worth a visit.

1 Thank J_and_R_AKL
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