California – Point Dume in Malibu, CA for Great Views

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While El Matador State Beach is my favorite Los Angeles beach because of it’s rock formations,Point Dume wins for best views of the coast line.  It also has a couple secluded coves for privacy, and has been a very popular filming location over the years.  A sheer cliff face also makes it a destination for rock climbers.  

I always like to orient myself with a map when I’m doing a bit of exploring.  Below is a map courtesy of Google Earth. 

Point Dume juts out into the Ocean, and as you’re driving along Route 1, you can’t miss it in the distance.  You can approach Point Dume two ways.  You can go to the top of the promontory via Cliffside Drive or Birdview Avenue.  Unfortunately, there’s not much parking – there’s room for only about 10-15 cars, and most of the neighborhood is no parking.  You have to park several blocks away and walk about 10-15 minutes.  At the top, you have immediate access to the Point Dume Nature Preserve and the lookout (marked Point Dume in the map above).  On the Southeast side, there are steps down to Dume Cove on the east.  Here’s a view on Dume Cove from the top.  

Point Dume, Malibu, CA - Photo by Ming Lo
Point Dume, Malibu, CA – Photo by Ming Lo

There’s a trail along the edge of Point Dume at the top.  

To access the other sides of the beach from the top of Point Dume, you have to walk down a short path to Westward Beach, also known as Point Dume State Beach.  I was there in March, and the dandelions were in bloom.  Here’s the view toward the ocean.    

Point Dume, Malibu, CA - Photo by Ming Lo
Point Dume, Malibu, CA – Photo by Ming Lo

And the view north toward Westward Beach and Zuma Beach.  

Point Dume, Malibu, CA - Photo by Ming Lo
Point Dume, Malibu, CA – Photo by Ming Lo

Once you land on the beach, you’ll see the cliff face and more than likely, rock climbers.  On the left, you can see the path down from the top.

You can also access point Dume from Zuma beach to the north.  This is the second way to get to Point Dume.  There’s some free parking at Zuma beach, but close to Westward Beach / Point Dume State Beach, there’s only paid parking.  From there, you can walk on the beach for a bit and you will arrive at the same spot below.   

Point Dume, Malibu, CA - Photo by Ming Lo
Point Dume, Malibu, CA – Photo by Ming Lo

On the day I was there, they were filming the Bold and the Beautiful – thus the chairs in the photo above, and the sign below. 

Point Dume, Malibu, CA - Photo by Ming Lo
Point Dume, Malibu, CA – Photo by Ming Lo

To the right, there are rocks, and if you’re willing to climb over them, you’ll get to Pirate’s Cove.  

Point Dume, Malibu, CA - Photo by Ming Lo
Point Dume, Malibu, CA – Photo by Ming Lo

This part of Point Dume is quite famous – the scene in Planet of Apes, where Charles Heston sees the Statue of Liberty and realizes that he’s on earth, was filmed here.  Of course, the Statue of Liberty was inserted into the film frame and covers the cliff.  In the Marvel series, Tony Stark’s home is also embedded into the cliff here.  

If you climb over the rocks to the right, you’ll see Pirate’s Cove, below.

Point Dume, Malibu, CA - Photo by Ming Lo
Point Dume, Malibu, CA – Photo by Ming Lo

The cove is very popular for, let’s say, the young’uns (I’m not a young ‘un).  

Point Dume, Malibu, CA - Photo by Ming Lo
Point Dume, Malibu, CA – Photo by Ming Lo

At sunset, the cove is beautiful. 

Point Dume, Malibu, CA - Photo by Ming Lo
Point Dume, Malibu, CA – Photo by Ming Lo
Point Dume, Malibu, CA - Photo by Ming Lo
Point Dume, Malibu, CA – Photo by Ming Lo

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