Point Dume could be the most beautiful stretch of coastline in Southern California. A long bluff starts at the northern end of the Santa Monica Bay and ends far in the Pacific Ocean, offering stunning views of Palos Verdes Peninsula and Santa Catalina Island. It can be reached by Pacific Coast Highway right by about 20 min. ride north-west of Malibu. Point Dume Natural Area is a bucket list destination for California which offers unsurpassable natural beauty. Point Dume hike promises delightful vistas all year round. The best time to visit Malibu is often considered from June to September, as these are the warmest months. While December to April is the season of gray whale watching at Point Dume.
Point Dume was named in 1793 after Padre Francisco Dumetz of Mission San Buenaventura. It became known to locals as Point Zuma or Duma. In the 1930s it was used to catch whales by the California Whaling Company. Now Point Dume is a national preserve with expansive beaches, a beautiful coastal road, and scenic cliffs.
The 0.5-mile (0.8-kilometer) Point Dume Hiking trail starts from the bottom parking lot. It leads to the beautiful vistas and a park at the end of the trail. Another beautiful spot—the cliffs on the south side of the beach with the small little deck on the side of the hill, which is especially popular at sunset.
Point Dume Beach has a rock-climbing trail and is considered to be one of the best places in Southern California for scuba divers. The area was featured In Iron Man movie as a site for Tony Starks house. The Planet of the Apes series were also filmed here.