Point Dume in Malibu, California is a very small place. It doesn’t really come up in conversations about California except for those who live in Southern California. Point Dume is a favorite place for locals especially in the winter months because it is right on the migration path for gray and blue whales as they travel north to Alaska. Between January and April, Point Dume is one of the few spots on the land where you can actually get to see some whales in addition to dolphins and other sea creatures.
Point Dume is one of my favorite places to visit in Malibu. We all bring all our friends to Point Dume when they come visiting Southern California from out of state. Our kids like exploring this area as well as it is full of tide pools and marine life. So, come along with me as we explore the best things to see at Point Dume in Malibu, California.
My favorite tourist attractions at Point Dume in Malibu, California
- Walk or hike to the Point Dume Park area. Just take in the scenery and look far out for whales and dolphins.
- Go down the stairs to the beach located on the left side of Point Dume. You can only reach this beach from on top at Point Dume.
- Walk around the streets surrounding Point Dume and enjoy the cozy upscale California beach houses and their beautifully groomed gardens.
Map of Best things to do in Point Dume area in Malibu.
Green – drive, Red – see
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1. Zuma Beach
Going to the beach is expected to be one of the best things to do at Point Dume area. Hollywood-famous Zuma Beach is a beautiful beach favored by locals. Very fine sand, combined with shallow waters makes Zuma Beach great for families with small children. We loved taking our kids here when they were small. They loved playing in the sand, and we felt very secure as the water is shallow for a long time before it gets deep.
People enjoying a sunny day at Zuma Beach
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2. Point Dume
Point Dume is a great place to see whales and other marine life. We visited Point Dume several times during the winter with the hope to see some whales as they migrate from Mexico north to Alaska. However, we have not been able to see whales yet…but we had a great time watching other marine life. Our family enjoyed watching lots of dolphins and sea lions playing around right by the shoreline. The kids’s favorite things at Point Dume is walking through the many tide pools and looking at all the star fish and other small sea creatures.
Beautiful view of the Santa Monica Bay at Point Dume.
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3. Dume Cove
Once you are at Point Dume and you have taken all the amazing views of the California Coast. It’s time to head back on the trail. However, about half way back down, you will see a set of stairs going to down to Dume Cove and a smaller and narrow beach. Go down the steep stairs and enjoy your time at the beach…this is California at its heart. Point Dume is a great example why lots of people come to visit California. The coastline is simply beautiful around the Point Dume area. In the spring you also see lots of wildflowers blooming with many colors.
The smaller and narrow Dume Cove beach seen from the Point Dume bluffs.
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How to get to Point Dume in Malibu, California
Point Dume is easily accessible from the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) or also called Highway 1. If you get to Malibu and then look for Zuma Beach, you will also see signs that will point you to Point Dume. There is a parking lot at the bottom of Point Dume, but we preferred driving up the hill and parking on the streets near the Point Dume park.
Map of Point Dume park in Malibu and surrounding area