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Point Dume State Beach and Preserve

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Address: Cliff Drive, Malibu, CA
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+1 805-488-1827

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Fantastic area to walk round. Stunning views from the top of Point Dume, various trails to walk round the preserve.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Alnwick, United Kingdom

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Carlsbad, California
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were probably expecting something much more strenuous and dramatic but the hike to the top of Point Dume was pretty basic with high chaparral vegetation and a few viewpoints. They were filming a Hollywood movie on the beach when we went which was kinda cool. We saw some birds, dolphins and seals. We hiked down to the tide pools... More 

Thank Lori C
Alnwick, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fantastic area to walk round. Stunning views from the top of Point Dume, various trails to walk round the preserve.

Thank SamW193
Malibu, California
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175 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful beach and a nice walk to Paradise Cove, as long as it is not high tide!! No lifeguards on duty and you will need to carry out all your trash. A long walk and strenuous hike back up the trail from the Point entrance. Parking is limited which can also add to the hike.

Thank kcslatts
west hills, ca
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515 reviews
183 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 313 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

this place is popular and parking is very limited. The flowers were in bloom today and we saw 4 whales and some seals. Gorgeous views and a very nice easy hiking area. this is a treasure.

Thank jfd
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60 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Visited again and not a great visit. Mother Nature was not our friend. Fog moved in and it was "socked in" by 3 pm. You could barely see the road. California peeps said they'd never seen it like this. Bummer of a trip. I do wanted to visit the ocean!

Thank CRodden
Agoura Hills, California
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47 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

The quintessential SoCal beach. Very clean and just gorgeous. There are areas of the beach that are relatively quiet and it's not hard to sneak away from all the crowds and just enjoy. I come here often!

Thank Caitlin K
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125 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

It is worth the price of your car rental, collision damage waiver, fuel, traffic and mapquest to visit this park on the beach an hour before sunset. This appears to be the primordial ritual dating back eons here before your eyes. The beautiful west coast california sunset is a must see!

Thank PenmanUk
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63 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

The beach is nice, but it's not the reason to come here. Just from the back of the beach close to the cliff you can find a path that brings you to the top. Easy, but narrow in some points and no trees to protect you from the sun. The view from the top is awesome. If you have small... More 

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lubbock, texas
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

I enjoyed this beach, however I enjoyed El Matador much more just down the road. I came in February so the parking lot was closed maybe if I could have parked closer to the point I would have enjoyed it more. I would be willing to try again.

Thank vsisnero
Sacramento, California
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87 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

The beach at Pt. Dume and the view from the point are wonderful. If you hike up the to the point from the beach, you will need to be in decent shape. Though the trails are wide enough for easy passage, there are a few steep spots, and some recent erosion (due to the rains in Jan./Feb. 2017) of the... More 

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