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“Awesome tidepools and caves to explore!”

Leo Carrillo State Park and Beach
Ranked #9 of 53 things to do in Malibu
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 March 2012

This is a fun place to camp, as well as to explore the tidepools (just check to make sure the tide will be low so you can safely explore the many types of beautiful sea creatures)! You should bring "beach" shoes, b/c the rocks are sharp but very fun to climb, and the cave on the other side of the tidepools is really neat (again, only safe if the tide is very low!). Special place to spend a special day or weekend with friends and/or family.

8  Thank Lisa P
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

its a great place for tidepooling and birds, and watching whales migrate north.

2  Thank rustyspoon603
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Reviewed 13 February 2012

As a California native, I grew up camping here. The campground has beautiful Sycamores, Native plants and green hills,with a stream running aside some of the camp spots.The spots are well marked and most have campfire pits with grills and water faucets. There are showers, bathrooms and the typical quaint camp store. During the summer, they have camp fire programs for families and lots of hiking in the surrounding hills.(Ok NOTE* by hiking I dont mean pack for ten days, I'm the hike in a good pair of boots and wear a cute pink hat kinda girl) The wildlife is everywhere, and its not uncommon for some California quail to run through your campground. You have to make reservations early through the ca.gov. parks and recreation site.The North beach, it's a must see. Hundreds of commercials and many movies have been filmed on this strip of beach towards the rocks and cliffs.In April, they ever have an Earth Day Whale Fest with educational info about Whales, native plants,Chumash Indian culture, food and fun. You enter the park and pay a day fee.(around $12.00 dollars) you can park in the front lot near the campgrounds and walk to the front beach and watch surfers or climb the many sandstone rocks and small cliffs.Yes the kids will drive you crazy chasing them (the small ones) but we need excercise anyways..right? Then if you want a change of scenery you drive under an artist inspired, mural covered bridge, and over to the North beach side, you can explore and hike the whole strip of trails along the sea cliffs, walk down the wood staircase and explore the very cool sea cave that connects to a private tiny beach with sandstone cliffs and water soaked tide pools. There is so much to see a camera is a must. Scale of 1-10 must see beach? 9+

7  Thank Camfoodie
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Reviewed 10 January 2012

Great spot for the day. The adjacent camp grounds have several nice hiking trails that go back into the Santa Monica mountains. The beach is wide and pretty. Parking is designed so that you can park and walk about 10 feet to the beach so, if you forget something in the car, it's an easy walk back. The main beach area also allows LEASHED dogs, too. The tidepool area is my favorite, especially during low tide. Wear beach shoes and walk along the rocks to peek into the little pools and see crabs, anemonies, and other sea creatures. We've seen sea cucumbers and octopus on occassion. Pack a picnic, use sunscreen and enjoy the day.

1  Thank Plumeria D
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Reviewed 22 December 2011

It is clean here but there isn't a lot to see or do. The only plus is that it's quiet.

Thank gottogonow34
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