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The beaches of Malibu encompass about 21 miles of California coastline. In addition to having some of Southern California’s nicest beachfronts, Malibu is home to many popular Hollywood icons. Malibu has both public and private beaches. Here is a listing of Malibu ’s popular beaches.


Zuma Beach

Zuma is probably the most popular beach in Malibu . It has a large area of sand for sunbathers and is known to have great waves for surfing. Currently, it ranks as being one of the healthiest beaches when it comes to clean water in LA County. Aside from surfers, Zuma beach is home to many kite-boarders, wind-surfers and body-boarders. The variety of activities at this beach attracts millions of visitors every year.


Topanga County Beach

While this is a more secluded beach, it is the perfect beach for kayak surfers. There is also an area for surfers but you will find more kayak surfers on this beach because of the perfect break out in this area. There are hardly any sunbathers due to the small space but there are a few on occasion. There is a small picnic area and freshwater showers at this beach.


Paradise Cove Beach

While it may be a private beach, Paradise Cove is well-known as it was once a ‘nude’ beach. It is a famous location for movie shoots.   It is also a well-known area for celebrity homes.   The owner of this beach, Bob Morris, charges visitors a $5 entrance fee to visit this beach. Parking is $20 but is validated if you eat at his restaurant, Bob Morris’ Paradise Cove Beach Café where the food is phenomenal.


Malibu Lagoon State Beach

The Malibu Lagoon is known as the place where the Malibu creek meets the Pacific Ocean . The Malibu Pier is located on this beach and is a great fishing spot.   This beach has a great picnic area in addition to a nature area for bird watching. A National historic site known as the Adamson House is also located on this beach. It houses a number of Malibu ’s historical artifacts. Across the street is the Malibu Lagoon Museum which features the history of the California Indian tribe called “Chumash.”


Surfrider Beach

Just north of the Malibu Pier is one of the most famous surfing spots in the world, hence the name, Surfrider Beach . This beach gets really packed with surfers, especially during the summer. Even if you do not surf, watching the surfers and laying out in the sun is enough to say that you’re on vacation.


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