Leo Carrillo State Park has 1.5 miles of beach for swimming, surfing, windsurfing, surf fishing and beachcombing. The beach also has tide pools, coastal caves and reefs for exploring. Giant sycamores shade the main campgrounds. The park also features back-country hiking. Nature walks and campfire programs are offered and a small visitor center has interpretive displays. During the summer, children's programs are available. Camping is extremely popular at Leo Carrillo State Beach, so make sure you reserve your spot early. There is space for tents and RVs (to 35 feet), clean restrooms, hot showers, and a small store where you can buy anything from flip flops to bacon for the morning grill.
The campground at Leo Carrillo State Park has 135 campsites, each with a table and fire pit. Hike and bike campsites are located close to site #1, and the group campsite (up to 50 people) is located at the back of the campground. The Park is a scenic retreat where a family can hike the Santa Monica Mountains, explore tide pools or simply hang out around the fire pit. This mile and a half long stretch of beach is one of Malibu's most beautiful spots. The beach is part of a state park named after the actor, preservationist and conservationist, who played the Cisco Kid's sidekick Pancho on '50s TV. The beach is 28 miles north of Santa Monica so it's not as heavily trafficked as its southern comrades. It's a great spot for camping and hiking. It's also one of the only beaches in L.A. that is dog friendly. Dogs are allowed, but must always be on a leash.
The beach is located just north of Zuma on PCH. There is no clear marking except for a brown state beach sign. If you get to Decker Road (Route 23), you have gone too far north.
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The small beach coves in this year-round paradise offer privacy and ocean access for anglers, divers, surfers, wildlife watchers and beachcombers.
Fishing - Anglers over age 16 need a current license to fish for kelp bass, surf perch, sheephead, halibut, thresher shark, Corbina and white sea bass.
Diving - The clear waters of the park make it one of the best scuba diving and snorkeling areas in Southern California. Dive with the proper equipment and training, and never dive alone. Ask a lifeguard about ocean conditions and the best diving areas.
Surfing - Swim and surf only in areas with lifeguards, and go with a friend. Sequit Point and nearby Staircase and County Line beaches are especially popular. Swimming, boogie boarding and sunbathing are also favorite activities. Know your limits and learn about weather and ocean conditions.
Tide pools - Near the mouth of Arroyo Sequit, tide pools are exposed twice daily at low tide. You may see limpets, turban snails, anemones, sea slugs, sea urchins, sea stars, mussels, tube worms, algae, surfgrass and kelp beds. Tide pools are fragile–do not remove any organism, not even shells. Return rocks to their original position to protect creatures living beneath them.
Marine mammals - Gray whales migrating down the coast venture in close to the beach. Pilot whales, orcas, dolphins, harbor seals and sea lions also inhabit the area.
Sea birds - Pelicans, gulls, grebes and cormorants glide overhead. Winter species include migratory Heerman's gulls, loons and surf scoters.
Interpretive programs - Campfire programs, Junior Ranger programs for children ages 7-12 and nature walks are offered from Memorial Day through Labor Day. A small visitor center at North Beach is open on the weekends. For information, call the ranger station at (805) 488-1827. Pelican are out of the current, then swim back towards shore.
Hiking - Hikers have a choice of gentle or more energetic walks. Yellow Hill Fire Trail, suitable for all ages, offers panoramic views of the beach, and on a clear day, you can see Anacapa, Santa Catalina and Santa Cruz Islands. The steeper Nicholas Flat Trail meanders through wildflowers and various plant communities to a serene pond.
With 21 miles of coastline, Malibu has many beautiful beaches. In addition to public access ways on many of the private beaches, there are several popular public beaches: