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Leo Carillo State Beach

Malibu, California

based on 4 reviews


Added by Jamie Fleck

Leo Carillo is definitely a family and dog-friendly beach. There are multiple trails to hike either up to the hills or down to the beach, with amazing views, well-maintained campgrounds, and something for everyone.

Leo Carrillo State Park has 1.5 miles of two sandy beach areas, tide pools, and numerous coves and sea caves. This year-round paradise offers privacy and ocean access for anglers, divers, surfers, wildlife watchers, beachcombers, and campers. If you're headed here for day-use, there are also tide pools and caves to explore at low tide. 

For campers, giant sycamores shade the main campgrounds. The park also features back-country hiking. The 135-site camping area at Leo Carrillo is inland from the beach in a canyon and boasts some of the best hiking trails through the Santa Monica Mountains. Reservations can be made on Parks.CA.Gov.

Even though the campsites are not on the beach, the campground is well within walking distance to it. The beach is mostly sandy but strewn with rocks as well. Each campsite site has a picnic table and a fire ring, and cold showers are always available. If you want a hot (warm) shower you need to buy tokens from the kiosks in front of the bathrooms. The beach area is about a 5-10 minute walk from the campground and is truly amazing. You can choose to lounge on the sandy beach or hike up a little bit to the cliffs to catch a bird's eye view of the waves crashing down below.

Hikers have a choice of gentle or more energetic walks. Yellow Hill Fire Trail, suitable for all ages, offers panoramic views of the beach, and on a clear day, you can see Anacapa, Santa Catalina, and Santa Cruz Islands.

Dogs are permitted on North Beach (north of tower 3), the campground, and in the specified day-use areas. Dogs are not permitted on the backcountry trails or south of tower 3. 

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Leo Carillo State Beach Reviews

Great for beach days. It is a popular spot so if you wanted secluded, probably not the beach for you.

Fun beach to go surf in Malibu area, but it can get crowded.

I just went for a day visit to the beach. There are fantastic views and something for everyone.

Although I wish this was right on the beach too, it is a short walk. I see people of all ages camping here. Good hiking trails too with awesome ocean views.

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