Sunrise to Sunset
Point Dume State Beach
- Stay Local: Walk or bike into the beach. Do not drive to the beach.
- Keep It Moving: Keep walking, jogging, surfing, swimming, etc. No sitting. No sunbathing.
- Leave It at Home: No coolers, umbrellas, shade tents, barbecues or chairs.
- Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and beach parties are not allowed. Visitors are being asked to leave if there are too many people at the beach or on trails to allow for the required physical distance.
- Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/ sanitizer and pack out all trash.
Statewide, many parks and beaches are temporarily closed or have very limited access to ensure Californians are abiding and practicing physical distancing. The goals are to make sure people are safe and to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as much as possible. To view the list of closures and what they mean to the public, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.
Updated Mar. 25, 2020: Point Dume Accessible Trail Constructions Project: State Parks is upgrading portions of the trails accessed from Cliffside Drive and Westward Beach to meet ADA requirements. Construction will begin the begining of July of 2020 and is expected to be completed by Feburary of 2021. Portions of the trails under construction will be closed to the public while the work is taking place. The Coreopsis Loop Trail at Westward Beach and Coreopsis Connector is expected to be closed during select dates of the project. We appreciate the public’s patience as we make these improvements to the park. Please respect trail closures and use only designated cable-lined trails for enjoyment of the Point Dume Natural Preserve.
Point Dume State Beach features headlands, cliffs, rocky coves and vast beach access. The beach is presently operated by Los Angeles County, which also operates Zuma County Beach. These facilities are noted for swimming, surfing, scuba diving and fishing. Point Dume is a perfect place to watch for California gray whales during the December to mid April migration period.
Point Dume Nature Preserve
At the end of Westward Beach Road, access to Point Dume Nature Preserve begins from the cul-de-sac. A gradual ascending trail leads to an ancient coastal bluff sand dune. Visitors are asked to stay on the trail in an effort to help preserve this unique sand accumulation. An incredible view encompassing the entire Santa Monica Bay, north Malibu Coast, inland Santa Monica Mountains and distant Catalina Island may be enjoyed from the top on a clear day. A boardwalk, just below the summit, leads to a viewing platform - it tends to be more sheltered on a windy day.
Some disabled parking is available along Cliffside Drive, adjacent the bluff-top park area. For viewing platform access, negotiating a slight grade will be necessary.
From Santa Monica follow Pacific Coast Highway 18-miles west to Westward Beach Road. Turn toward the ocean, go beyond the fee collection station to the very end of the road.
From the 101-Freeway, exit at Kanan Road, follow it south 12-miles to Pacific Coast Highway, then turn right. Westward Beach Road is over the rise, at the foot of the hill.