Summertime means long nights and lots of beach days. One of my favorite local beaches is Point Dume in Malibu. Surprisingly, even having grown up in Thousand Oaks, I hadn’t been to Point Dume until last year (I know, I know. WHAT!?). I’ve been all over the coast to countless beaches, but for some reason, Point Dume was never on the list of go-to’s. But I’ll tell you what, it is now and here’s why –
For our day date, we headed out early to try and miss most the LA beach traffic (duh), but also because Luke wanted to take me to what he says is the “best burrito spot EVER” – Lily’s Cafe. And Luke has some pretty high expectations when it comes to food– so I was all in.
Lily’s is located in the Point Dume Village shopping center off of Heathercliff in Malibu. This shopping center has a ton of outdoor seating areas, is dog-friendly and has a bunch of great shops. Win-win!
Some of our favorite shops are Sunlife Organics (You’ve heard us mention them before – healthy yet delicious smoothies & more- this is the original too!), Ollie’s Duck Dive (Great gastropub & happy hour – Luke took me here on another date night!), Bank of Books (The other location is in Ventura and this location is conveniently combined with a fantastic coffee shop), Cafecito Organico (they make their own almond milk and have an awesome vibe- check it out below) and of course Pavilion’s – which is nice to have when you need some last minute items for the beach! 🙂
Back to the burrito. Lily’s is tucked away in the shopping center across from the Bank of Books and Cafecito Organico. Luke ordered us the large breakfast burrito to share (only $1 more and it is HUGE). Eggs, bacon, cheese and beans all wrapped in a delicious flour tortilla with a side of their special Lily’s salsa – and OMG is it amazing.
I also grabbed us an Iced Mocha made with raw cacao from Cafecito. #duh
We sat outside at one of the many tables with our dog, Mika, and enjoyed the outdoor seating, morning people watching, and the burrito of course. And I’d have to agree with Luke, it is one of the best breakfast burritos I’ve ever had. Def recommend it! After eating, we ran into Pavilion’s to grab some fruit and chips for the beach and made our way over to Point Dume (which is literally down the street).
Point Dume is no ordinary beach like Zuma or Santa Monica. It’s very remote and is located down a volcanic cliffside, so I wanted to share some pointers for when you’re planning your next visit:
- Parking: There are 9 parking spots in front of the entrance to Point Dume which are also 2 hour parking. You have to get there early to get a spot and it’s really only helpful if you are going to walk/hike the trail or checkout the beach. We found some parking a few streets up which made for a long walk, but it was worth it. You can also pay a small fee for all-day parking at the Westward Beach parking lot nearby where a shuttle can take you to Point Dume (shuttle runs every 20 minutes).
- Trails: You can hike along the Zuma-Dume trail which runs from Point Dume (Westward Beach Rd.) all the way up to Paradise Cove. The hike is 3 miles round trip. You can also rock climb on Point Dume – they have it all set up, all you need is your own rope!
- Pack Light: If you’re going to the beach, pack light because you have to walk down the cliff and along some volcanic rocks to get to the sand.
- Don’t forget: Snorkel gear, surfboard, paddleboard, smash-ball, camera, book, dog- you name it! This beach is super private and the water is super clear – you will not want to leave!
- Note: No cell service (shows you how remote it is!) and PS the signs read “no dogs on trail”, but there were a number of dogs on the beach with us (shhh). It’s a super low key & private beach, so as long as you have a well-behaved dog and respect others- you should be fine.
Luke and I spent the whole day at the beach – usually I’d be down for hiking and exploring, but it was too hot for any of that. So instead we simply swam in the ocean, relaxed and walked down to the point with Mika.We had such a great time and I can’t wait to go back when it’s cooler to enjoy the hiking trail. Have you been to Lily’s and/or Point Dume?
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