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  • 1. Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach


    Part of Malibu's most beautiful coastal area, this beach is made up of three minibeaches—El Pescador, La Piedra, and El Matador—each with the...Read More

  • 2. Dan Blocker Beach


    The narrow stretch of fine sand and rocks here make this little beach great for walking, light swimming, kayaking, and scuba diving. Clustered...Read More

  • 3. Dockweiler Beach


    Is there a dreamier way to top off your day at the beach than a bonfire at twilight? In L.A., where beach bonfires are largely illegal, you...Read More

  • 4. Hermosa Beach


    South of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach has all the amenities of its neighbor but attracts a rowdier crowd. Swimming takes a backseat to the...Read More

  • 5. Las Tunas Beach


    This small beach, the southernmost in Malibu, is known for its groins (metal gates constructed in 1929 to protect against erosion) and has good...Read More

  • 6. Leo Carrillo State Park


    On the very edge of Ventura County, this narrow beach is better for exploring than for sunning or swimming (watch that strong undertow!). If...Read More

  • 7. Malibu Lagoon State Beach


    Bird-watchers, take note: in this 5-acre marshy area near Malibu Beach Inn you can spot egrets, blue herons, avocets, and gulls. (You need to...Read More

  • 8. Malibu Surfrider Beach


    Steady 3- to 5-foot waves make this beach, just west of Malibu Pier, a surfing paradise. Water runoff from Malibu Canyon forms a natural lagoon...Read More

  • 9. Manhattan Beach


    A wide, sandy strip with good swimming and rows of volleyball courts, Manhattan Beach is the preferred destination of muscled, tanned young...Read More

  • 10. Nicholas Canyon County Beach


    Sandier and less private than most of the rocky beaches surrounding it, this little beach is great for picnics. You can sit at a picnic table...Read More

  • 11. Redondo Beach


    The pier here marks the starting point of this wide, busy beach along a heavily developed shoreline community. Restaurants and shops flourish...Read More

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    12. Santa Monica State Beach


    The first beach you'll hit after the Santa Monica Freeway (Interstate 10) runs into the Pacific Coast Highway, wide and sandy Santa Monica is...Read More

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  • 13. Topanga State Beach


    The beginning of miles of public beach, Topanga has good surfing at the western end, the mouth of the canyon. Close to a busy section of PCH...Read More

  • 14. Westward Beach–Point Dume


    Go tide pooling, fishing, snorkeling, or bird-watching (prime time is late winter to early spring). Hike to the top of the sandstone cliffs...Read More

  • 15. Will Rogers State Beach

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    This clean, sandy, 3-mile beach, with a dozen volleyball nets, gymnastics equipment, and a playground for kids, is an all-around favorite. The...Read More

  • 16. Zuma Beach Park


    This 2-mile stretch of white sand, usually dotted with tanning teenagers, has it all, from fishing and kitesurfing to swings and volleyball...Read More

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