- Type: Beaches
NileGuide Expert tip:
The "Surfrider Beach" section of this park was a key location during the rise of surfing in the 50's and 60's.
- As well as being a great beach, this area contains a unique bird sanctuary where more than 200 species stop each year during their annual migrations. The only drawback here is that the water can be polluted at times, and swimming is not really an option when the lagoon is drained (twice monthly). Besides swimming, lounging and bird-watching, this is a popular scuba diving area because the reefs and kelp beds just offshore attract a range of marine life. The lagoon is where Malibu Creek meets the sea. The Adamson House (a National Historic Landmark) on the property was built in 1929 and is known for its decorative Malibu tiles and custom-built features. The home's seven-car garage has been converted into a museum that features displays about the Native Americans who once inhabited the area. Tours of the house are available. Part of the park, including the famous Surfrider Beach, is operated by Los Angeles County. The beach features 22 acres of coastline, offering surfing and bird-watching opportunities as well as fishing off the nearby pier. From Santa Monica, follow the Pacific Coast Highway 13 miles west.
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