About Paradise Cove Beach in Malibu, California
Paradise Cove in Malibu is a public beach in front of a privately-owned facility by the same name. The property and the restaurant has surfboards all around and the outside seating area has wooden lounge chairs (for rent), palm trees, and thatched umbrellas that almost feels Hawaiian.
Ironically though with all the surfboards around the property, the owners banned surfing for years until the California Coastal Commission forced them to allow it. The CCC also forced the owners to quit charging fees for visitors who park outside the property or get dropped off and walk to the beach. Understandably, they still charge for parking on-site.
If you park and are here for under four hours and eat at the Paradise Cove Cafe, the parking fee is cheap or free depending on the day of the week, but all-day parking at any time of the year is quite steep (see the Paradise Cove website for current parking rates). But this is a lovely place and it’s worth the price of admission to use this wide sandy beach with lifeguards, clean facilities, and a private pier.
Chaise lounge chairs and palapas (private spaces) are available for rent each day staring at 10am. They are not cheap, but they are right next to the beach in Malibu so you shouldn’t be surprised. These can be reserved through the café website.
With such a name you’d expect a pretty stunning spot. It lives up to its name and has even been the setting for beach scenes in Hollywood movies.
Paradise Cove is a great starting point for long beach walks. Heading east you’ll walk below some Malibu mansions and find secluded beaches and eventually get to Escondido Beach. Heading west you can walk below steep sandstone cliffs all the way to Little Dume Beach and Big Dume Beach in Point Dume State Beach. West (to the right when looking at the ocean) is the way to walk if you want to find tidepools.
The entrance to Paradise Cove is clearly signed at the address 28128 Pacific Coast Highway. Beach hours are 8am to sunset and the café opens daily at 8am too.
- 28128 E Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265
- Other Names
- Ramirez Canyon Creek
- Private, Open to Public
- Pet Details
- No dogs allowed on the property or at the beach
- Fees for parking onsite
- Sunbathing, Swimming, Fishing, Tidepooling, Beachcombing
- Fishing Pier, Restaurant, Restrooms, Showers, Tide Pools, Beach Chair Rentals
We enjoyed our meal and a long walk on the beach. We would definitely come back here again.