The Road to Malibu

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“Just a small town girl. Livin’ in a lonely world.” – Journey

Over a decade ago, I met this amazing man who showed me the wonders of photography and drove me to Malibu’s 20+ miles of scenic beauty. I was never the same again. Somehow Malibu wasn’t just another pretty beach in Southern California. It ended up being my sanctuary everytime I lost my way or needed to clear my head.

Malibu Canyon Road – Heading to Malibu
Pacific Coast Highway View

I decided to drive there before the year ended. I love that it’s less crowded in December. However, I figured I’d drop by Paramount Ranch, get in a little hike before heading to the beach and reminisce about Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman which was filmed there in the 90s. If you are ever in the area, this place is a must see. They filmed a lot of tv shows and movies here from an episode of the X-Files (i’m a major fan), Westworld, American Sniper and many more.

Entrance to Paramount Ranch
Walking in the Movie Ranch
Church

Paramount Ranch has several and relatively easy hiking paths. This side trip before heading to Malibu is definitely worth it and highly recommended if you’re in the area.

Malibu has a couple of amazing beaches. El Matador is one of my favorites. I absolutely love the big rocks surrounding it and making a steep descent down the stairs is somewhat a trek especially if you’re lugging beach gears. Pack lightly. This is also a place where lots of photo shoots happen so it’s not exactly secluded but if you go on a weekday you might get lucky and have it all to yourself.

El Matador
El Matador State Beach view from the cliff

Point Dume Beach is a haven for hikers, rock climbers and surfers. It’s a mix of everything and with the ocean as a view how could I possibly resist?  Unfortunately, it does get crowded because it’s absolutely breathtaking. Don’t go on the weekends or just brave the cold and head there early. The sunsets are amazing and lots of wildlife too!

Point Dume view from the top
Point Dume Staircase

Zuma Beach is my favorite beach in Malibu. It’s not as scenic as the other two listed above but if I want to spend an entire day at the beach this is where I always end up. You have the option to park on the side of the road and it’s completely free. You don’t have to descend down a steep staircase in order to get to the beach. It’s flat and very accessible for people of all ages. Even if it gets crowded, the beach is big enough that you’d still enjoy your privacy whether sunbathing, surfing, swimming, or just playing on the sand.

Zuma Beach

There are a lot of beaches to explore in Malibu and if you get hungry after a day at the beach you should try Neptune’s Net, Malibu Seafood Fresh Fish Market, Duke’s Malibu and many others.

Tips for this trip

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  1.  Paramount Ranch is a relatively easy hike but please be aware that there are rattlesnakes in the area.  Make sure you bring water for your hike.
  2.  El Matador and Point Dume aren’t easily accessible because you do have to descend down a steep set of stairs.  Pack lightly if you decide to go.
  3.  Zuma Beach is the best place for spending the day at the beach. I recommend this beach gear below saves you the hassle of carrying all your stuff.  You could read my full review at https://nothingbutgears.com/beach-cart-the-wonders-of-big-wheels


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62 Comments Add yours

  1. Zuma beach just looks like the place to be. I mean I’m a beach person and I could literally be there for hoursssss!

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    1. Bel says:

      Right? I feel the same way. I love the ocean and the feel of the sand on your feet….😊

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  2. camparigirl says:

    Ever been to Circle X? Great hikes

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    1. Bel says:

      Yes! But it’s been a while since I last hiked there. So many hiking trails so little time 😊

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  3. inaloveworld says:

    Wonderful photos! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you for reading 😊 Truly appreciated!

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      1. inaloveworld says:

        You are more than welcome! 🙂

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  4. thealvarezchronicles says:

    Great post!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! 😊

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  5. emily1221i says:

    Gorgeous photos! Loved this read.

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    1. Bel says:

      Hi, Emily! Thank you 😊

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  6. neilirving says:

    Fabulous photos, what a lovely place

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    1. Bel says:

      Malibu is truly amazing 😊

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      1. neilirving says:

        It looks it fabulous

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  7. Was this man from South Detriot by any chance (I love Journey)? Happy new year, lovely work. 🙂

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    1. Bel says:

      No, he’s from LA 😊 Happy New Year and I’m glad you liked it!

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  8. Danny says:

    Enjoyed this! Thanks for the info. I have put Malibu on my list of places to visit this year.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! I’m sure you’ll love it just as much as I did (and still do!) 😊

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    1. Bel says:

      Thanks for the reblog 😊

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      1. Beautiful photos, Bel.

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      2. Bel says:

        Glad you liked it!

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  9. Wow amazing pictures😀

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you 😊

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  10. Beautiful photographs, a Hannah

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you 😊

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  11. Terese says:

    Wonderful pictures, thank you for sharing along with the beaches of interest! Btw, X-files is back tomorrow!!

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    1. Bel says:

      Hi Terese! Yay a fellow x-files fan! I can’t wait…thanks for the reminder. I just hope it isn’t the final season like they mentioned…😊

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      1. Terese says:

        I have the same hope! We waited all of 2017, it would indeed be a huge let down if it were the final season. Happy watching!!😊

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      2. Bel says:

        Lol I even gave a standing ovation with fellow x-files fan at the movie house when they showed the first movie 😊

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  12. Étain says:

    Beautiful, stunning pictures!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you 😊

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  13. So pretty, Bel. I love the cliffs and the rocks in the surf. I feel like I recognize some of the scenery in Paramount Ranch – Westword, maybe. Lovely to see a post from you. Happy travels in 2018. Wishing you a wonderful new year. 🙂

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    1. Bel says:

      Diana! Belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 😊 Yes, there are so many shows and movies filmed in Paramount Ranch that’s why it’s so familiar..😊 I am a sucker for Western films…😊 I hope you have an amazing 2018 – more success to you! 🤗

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  14. Wow! Such a beautiful place!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you 😊

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  15. Wish you a very Happy New Year.

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    1. Bel says:

      Happy New Year! 😊

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you ❤️

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  16. travelgarb says:

    Great pictures! I especially like the first beach shot with the long shadows

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! 😊

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  17. I’ve never been to Malibu, but these photos are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! I’m glad you liked it. Malibu is pretty special for me…😊

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  18. Kelly says:

    Be still my heart– its Malibu! Beautiful coastal pics with that special golden California light. Thank you for sharing this!

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    1. Bel says:

      Spectacular huh? Malibu always has that effect on me no matter how many times I’ve been there 😊 Thank you for taking time to read this….😊

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  19. KDKH says:

    I love your beach pics, especially the bird!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! That one was my favorite picture too 😊❤️

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    1. Bel says:

      It truly is! Thank you 😊

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  20. Hey!! I haven’t talked to you in foreverrr!!! Is that church the same church in Westworld?? If not, what in Malibu is in Westworld? I’m a massive massive fan! Also trying to connect with true friends on here outside of lame comments, add me @pharaohmaktuk if you want to be in contact out of here or e-mail @ vuichs91zz@yahoo.com whateverz clever!! 🙂

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    1. Bel says:

      Yes, I think this is the same church from Westworld – Paramount Ranch is before Malibu…a side trip I took on the way. You should definitely visit it. Where do I add you? Is that on instagram?

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      1. Sorry, no I don’t have instagram. That’s on FB 🙂

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      2. Bel says:

        Lol! I don’t have FB yet but I’ll add your email address to my contact list. We’ll keep in touch there!

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  21. Viva la Malibu! This looks like a wonderful place to explore and recharge. Thanks for sharing it Bel. And Happy New Year!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thanks Brad! Figured I had to get my Malibu fix before the year ends…😊 Have an awesome New Year!!

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      1. I’m glad you got your fix! 🙂

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