Leo Carrillo State Park

Malibu & Pacific Palisades

Families love this summer-camp-style beach with enough stimulating tide pools, cliff caves, nature trails and great swimming and surfing to tire out even the most hyperactive kids. Though it was badly damaged by the massive Woolsey Fire in November 2018, it reopened in June 2019.

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