The hidden beaches in Malibu!


If you drive north from Los Angeles via Santa Monica along the Pacific Coast Highway, this sign awaits you after about 11 kilometers. It is a reference to a beautiful, varied landscape that offers something for everyone.

Impressive cliffs, great hiking opportunities in the Santa Monica Mountains and dream beaches where sun worshipers and water sports enthusiasts can frolic. Malibu has something for everyone, so it is not surprising that so many celebrities have a home there.

In this article I will take you to some of the wonderful beaches that are about 40 kilometers along the Pacific Coast Highway.

There are public ones such as Zuma Beach or El Matador that are easily accessible, but also hidden behind beach clubs and luxury villas.

During our visits we discovered some of these hidden and hardly visited beaches in Malibu and I will show you how to get there.

Carbon Beach also called Billionaires Beach!

This beach is ideal for every beach vacationer, whether to lie in the sun or have fun in the water.

Carbon Beach is also called Billionaires Beach because it houses the most expensive and impressive houses in Malibu. Many tourists believe that this beach is closed and not open to the public, which is wrong.

To get here, look for the brown access signs to the coast south of Malibu Pier and Nobu. There are two gates at some intervals, which are somewhat hidden but well marked.

Broad Beach is actually connected to Zuma Beach but is much less crowded and almost deserted. It's one of the secret beaches in Malibu, where the locals relax and escape the crowds. Of course there are also remarkable villas along the coast that you can admire on a walk.

There is also free parking at the top of the street.

To get to this beach, you have to drive past Zuma Beach on the PCH and then turn left onto Broad Beach Road. Look for house number 13336 on the left, there is a path down.

Latigo, an insider tip of the beaches in Malibu!

This beach is very popular with surfers because it is not so crowded and has slow flat waves that are also good for beginners. It is located about 5 kilometers north of Malibu on Latigo Shore Drive.

Even if the residents do not like to see this beach, it is public and open to visitors. The long staircase to the beach is right in front of the housing estate and is accessible to everyone.

Of course there are also free parking spaces here.

Escondido Beach!

Escondido Beach is a sandy beach in Escondido ideal for all sun worshipers who want to relax under the Malibus sun. But also those who would like to do sports have a lot of fun here. You can jog along the beach for miles or explore the coast with a paddleboard and paddle to Paradise Cove Beach.

There is an access gate to the beach at the intersection of the Pacific Coast Highway and Escondido Street. You can stop right next to the gate to unload beach equipment before looking for a free parking space.

Point Dume State Beach one of the most beautiful beaches in Malibu!

Surfrider Beach a popular surf spot!

Surfrider Beach is a beautiful smaller beach in Malibu, right next to the newly renovated Malibu Pier. Half of the sandy beach is designed for swimmers and paddle boarders, the other half only for surfers who enjoy the waves there in large numbers.

Due to the many surf films that were shot there and along the Malibu Pier in the 50s, 60s and 70s, it became known as one of the best surfing spots in Southern California.

Parking is available on the street and in a paid parking lot. The pier and Adamson House are next door and within walking distance.

The beach is coming from Santa Monica on the PCH about 500 meters after the Malibu Pier.

Paradise Cove Beach is located in a picturesque corner on the Pacific Coast Highway. It is surrounded by high sandstone cliffs and is not as crowded as others in Malibu due to the paid parking lot.

The water is mostly calm and deep blue in color, making it ideal for families with children. Sometimes there are violent waves, which is a real joy for surfers. If you are brave and want to try it, you can rent the equipment.

It is the ideal starting point for long beach walks along the coast. It goes past beautiful rock formations and towards the east you will find impressive villas and private beaches.

From Zuma Beach 5 kilometers along the Pacific Coast Highway, then there is a large sign on the left. There turn into Paradise Cove Road.

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