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Malibu Lagoon State Beach in Malibu, California

This view of Surfrider Beach looks east along the Malibu coastline with the Malibu Pier in the distance, and beyond that, “Billionaire Beach” also known as Carbon Beach with access points here and here. Surfrider Beach includes designated spots for surfing and swimming (lifeguards on duty during peak times) and a sand volleyball court (near pier). Just a few steps behind the photographer (and out of view) is Malibu Lagoon State Beach, where Malibu Creek pools up before flowing into the Pacific Ocean.

As the name suggests, Surfrider is an excellent spot to surf, or learn to surf. In fact, it was the first beach named as a World Surfing Reserve. Check out nearby Malibu Surf Shack for rentals and instruction. Many other surf outfits use this beach for private instruction, including Surf Lessons with Katie and Learn To Surf LA.

When visiting, make sure to check out the Malibu Farm Pier Cafe at the beginning and end of the pier for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dishes are mostly organic and are sourced from local farms and suppliers. Also check out the historic Adamson House & Malibu Lagoon Museum located next to the Surfrider beach parking lot.