MALIBU - Areas and Descriptions


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Malibu Areas and Descriptions

BROAD BEACH (aka TRANCAS BEACH). A beautiful sandy beach with public access. 

CARBON  BEACH Also known as Billionaires’ Beach, this sandy stretch of beach does have a few walkways open to the public. 

CROSS CREEK ROAD Across from the ocean one finds a central shopping area with  many restaurants, movie theaters and shops galore. The ocean side of Cross Creek Road takes one to the public beach and Malibu Lagoon, very beautiful and a fun place to spend the day.

DAN BLOCKER BEACH Very sandy, past Malibu Road; one parks  along the highway. There’s a great restaurant,  Malibu Fish Market, on the landside of the highway…super for lunch or dinner.

LA COSTA BEACH Another  always sandy beach without public access. Additionally, La Costa Beach Club is situated here; membership  is  “by deed” only and the homes with such deeded ability to join the club are across from this beach known in the area called La Costa Hills (there are also tennis courts belonging to the Club).

LAS FLORES BEACH Always sandy and at the moment, there are no open public access ways to this beach. 

LAS TUNAS BEACH Conveniently located about 8-10 minutes from Santa Monica. This beach is often wet and dry meaning  the tide may come up to the house caissons at high tide (see “About the Tides” for information on daily high and low tides).

MALIBU PARK A wonderful rural feeling residential area where most homes have ocean view and behind which is State Parkland for hiking and trail riding (nothing with wheels is allowed). The major portion of Malibu schools are in this area (Grammer, Middle and High school) although there are two other Grammer schools in Malibu at Pt.Dume and in the Civic Center area (near Cross Creek Rd).

MALIBU ROAD BEACH  AND SHOPPING CENTER From PCH, turn on Webb way towards the ocean and on the right is the shopping center with many boutiques and restaurants, a post office, pharmacy, etc. Continue to Malibu Rd (which used to be the old PCH ) and you’ll find a cozy beach side residential area that includes Malibu Colony. There are several public access ways to the sandy beach as well.

PARADISE  COVE At the Paradise Cove stoplight, turn towards the water to find a fun restaurant (same owners as Gladstone’s at Sunset and PCH) and a nice sandy beach to walk and even picnic ( plenty  of parking there as well).

SURFRIDER  BEACH A famous surf point, you’ll see lots of boards on the water almost all the time but especially in high surf conditions.

TOPANGA   A very rural feeling community stretching from PCH all the way to the Ventura Fwy (#101). Lots of trees, parks, hiking, rustic atmosphere yet a diverse group of homes from very Architectural to “cabin-like” structures, many with adjacent streams, forests, etc. Topanga Beach (at the intersection of Topanga Cyn Bl and PCH) is a well known surf spot and try the famous, very quaint, Reel Inn seafood restaurant across from the beach!

ZUMA  BEACH Perhaps the most famous public beach that stetches for a few miles but also continues below the bluffs of Pt Dume and the beach there is called Westward Beach. The sand is probably ½ mile wide, and the beach is gorgeous. There is plenty of parking and a few great restaurants along the beach, including Kristy’s on the bluff above the Zuma Beach entry and Sunset at the end of the road where Zuma Beach ends and Westward Beach begins. Both are fun and have great food.