Topanga Beach in Malibu, California
Topanga Beach is the closest Malibu California beach to Los Angeles. The Eastern Malibu coast faces south and Topanga Beach is at the east end next to the Pacific Palisades neighborhood. Due to the shape of the beach it is popular with surfers. Waves wrap around the sandy point formed by Topanga Creek creating a continuous right break. A lagoon forms where the creek backs up behind the sandy beach.
At the west end of the beach there is a rotting old steel barrier in the surf. Except at high tide the public beach on the other side is a nice walking route. Massive Topanga State Park is nearby in the Santa Monica Mountains with hiking trails and mountain biking opportunities.
The parking lot for Topanga Beach is on Pacific Coast Highway just west of the intersection with Topanga Canyon Boulevard. There are free parking spaces along PCH outside of this lot. Mastro’s Ocean Club Restaurant is right on Topanga Beach at the east end. Topanga used to be a state beach, but is now owned and operated by LA County.
Pacific Coast Hwy and S Topanga Canyon Blvd
Malibu, CA 90265
- County Beach
- Other Names
- Topanga State Beach
- Surfing, Fishing, Scuba Diving, Sunbathing, Fishing
- Lifeguard, Restrooms, Showers, Picnic Tables, Accessible Features
- Pet Policy
- No dogs allowed on the beach
- Fee for parking