California's Best Beaches Logo

Malibu Lagoon Beach
Activities

Los Angeles County




Caution: Check with rangers or lifeguards that conditions are safe for your planned activities.


Surfing at Surfrider Beach

Every since surfing burst into popularity along the California coast in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Surfrider Beach has stood out as one of the premier surfing destinations in the state. A build-up of sand and rock cobble at the mouth of Malibu Creek creates a multi-pointed shoreline that produces world-class waves.

Three points stand out. The first generates a perfectly formed wave that mostly attracts longboarders. The second point breaks to the inside in a place known as Kitty Bowl. Shortboarders like the action here. The third point breaks both left and right with the left offering the longest runs. When conditions are right in the fall, surfers can ride waves all the way to the pier.

Access the first point by a stairway to the beach. Restrooms and showers are located there. To reach the third point, follow a quarter-mile long trail along the shore of the lagoon to the beach. Portable restrooms are found there.

Surfer at sunset, Malibu, CA

MSA Classic Invitational

The Malibu Surfing Association Classic Invitational competition is held at Surfrider Beach in September. Over 200 competitors represent surfing clubs from around the world. There are 13 contest age divisions.

Malibu Surf Shack

22935 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu
(310) 456-8508   Malibu Surf Shop
Rentals: surf boards, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, wetsuits, body boards
Lessons: Surfing, SUP, Kayaking
SUP and Kayak tours



Beach Volleyball and Tide Pools

A volleyball courts are located on the beach about mid-way between the pier and the lagoon. Tide pools at Malibu Lagoon Beach are rich with marine life.

Malibu Pier, Malibu, CA

Fishing off Malibu Pier

Anglers casting off Malibu Pier do well for a variety of fish - surfperch, corbina, yellowfin croaker, mackerel, kelp bass, California halibut, sharks, and rays. Among the baits that have proved to work well here are mussels, bloodworms, ghost shrimp, and squid. Permanent rod holders are built right into the railing, making it very convenient. Look for receptacles where you can deposit used fishing line.

Historic Adamson House and Museum

The Adamson house, built in 1929, is situated right on the beach at the mouth of Malibu Lagoon. It has been designated at National Historic Site and California Historical Landmark. The Spanish Colonial Revival style house is open for visitors, $7 for adults, $2 for children 6 - 16, and children 5 and under are free. Guided tours are held Wednesday through Saturday from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Groups of 10 or more should make reservations: (310) 456-8432.

Adjoining the Adamson House is the Malibu Lagoon Museum, containing artifacts, photographs, and documents from Malibu's history.
Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum

Guided Nature Tours

Guided tours of the wetlands and other natural elements such as grunion, the monarch butterfly, tide pools, and the gray whale are scheduled seasonally. The Malibu Lagoon beach features wetlands, flower gardens and a sandy beach.

Malibu Lagoon Restoration

Restoration has reshaped the appearance of Malibu Lagoon. Some preferred the wild appearance of old, but after work was completed in 2013 the lagoon has taken on a new look. About a dozen feet of sediment were dredged out along with a fair amount of garbage that had accumulated over the years.

The lagoon was widened and reconfigured; Old bridges were dismantled and replaced with new walkways. One new winding boardwalk trail is intended to flood as the tide rises and falls. Many non-native plants were removed and replaced by more than 60,000 new plants native to the region. The jury is still out on whether the changes were an improvement to the lagoon's ecology.

Malibu Lagoon, Malibu, CA

Malibu Lagoon Nature Trail and Beach trail

Trailheads to the nature trail and the beach trail are located at the Cross Creek parking lot. For the beach hike, follow the trail around the lagoon to the ocean. From there turn east along the beach to a place named Zonker Harris Memorial Beach. It was named after a Doonesbury comic strip character who devoted his life to acquiring the perfect tan. By heading west around the point you reach the narrow strip of sand along Malibu Colony. Eventually, after 4 miles, you arrive at Dan Blocker County Beach (formerly Corral State Beach).



Diving and Snorkeling around Malibu Lagoon

Snorkelers, or free divers, have found the area along the coast west of the lagoon a great place to explore. Along the whole 4 miles between the lagoon and Dan Blocker Beach are shallow waters rich with sea stars, crabs, anemones, and many species of fish. Scuba Divers like to explore the reefs and kelp beds offshore.


Nearby Activities and Events

Kids' Playground

Across the highway from Malibu Lagoon Beach at Malibu Country Mart
3835 Cross Creek Road
Playground adjacent to outdoor dining, picnic area and sculptures.
Free WiFi

Malibu Surf and Sports Festival

September TBA, 2018
Zuma and Malibu Surfrider beaches
Surf events, craft racing, beach volleyball, surf contest
Estimated attendance: 50,000
Malibu Surf and Sports Festival

Malibu ArtWalk Festival

Malibu Civic Center
July TBA, 2018
Music and artists
Malibu ArtWAlk Festival

Malibu International Half Marathon

November TBA, 2018, 7:30 AM
Start and finish at Point Mugu Beach
Malibu International Marathon

Calabasas Bark Park

4232 Las Virgenes Rd.
Calabasas, CA
Calabasas City Park designed for dogs, open 5 AM - 9 PM
Separate gated children's play area, doggie drinking fountain
818-224-1650
Calabasas Bark Park

Lake Piru

43 miles north of Malibu
Boating, fishing, camping
Lake Piru

Ocean Safety

California State Parks and Recreation cautions that "large surf, cold water temperatures, backwash, sudden drop-offs, pounding shorebreak, and dangerous rip currents can turn what seem like safe activities such as playing near the surf line, wading, or climbing on rock outcroppings, deadly." Learn more about ocean safety at
CA State Parks: Ocean Safety

California's Best Beaches

Chicago Park Web Design, © 2018 ◊

Every effort is made to provide accurate and up to date information, but we cannot be responsible for errors or for changes that may have occurred since publication. Always confirm information with the service provider and check for any recent changes that may have been made. Also, check with lifeguards that conditions at the beach are safe for your planned activities.

The information provided on this website is done so without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, including but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose.