Point Dume SB

State Beach

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 reserve 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. A stairway from the east side of the bluff-top preserve allows access to a more isolated beach and fine tidepooling opportunities. 

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.

·Park Information

  • Hours of Operation:

    Sunrise to Sunset

  • Park Office Telephone:

    (310) 457-8143

  • Region

    Los Angeles County


    Los Angeles

  • Purchase Annual Passes

General Information

Point Dume State Nature Preserve

Special Events & Weddings
(310) 457-8144

Filming & Photography Permits
(818) 880-0358

Parking & School Groups
Point Dume State Beach is operated by Los Angeles County Beaches and Harbors and does not accept the California State Park Annual Day Use Pass.  Contact them for school bus parking. 

Dogs in Parks

Dogs are not allowed on trails in the Point Dume Natural Preserve or on the beach.