Westward Beach at Point Dume

Westward Beach Road runs at the base of sea cliffs that jut out into the ocean at Point Dume. The public beach adjoins Westward Beach Road and the parking lot.

Point Dume is quieter than Zuma Beach because it’s farther from the highway. The beach is fairly narrow, so even without a beach wheelchair you can enjoy views of the water from the vicinity of the parking lot or from the asphalt pad near the third restroom building past the parking lot entrance.

A hard-packed gravel road leads from a new parking area off Cliffside Drive to a 500-foot boardwalk just below the summit of Point Dume. The nine-percent grade is manageable for a strong rider, for assisted riders, or motorized wheelchairs. The boardwalk overlooks the State Preserve, where volunteers are removing invasive iceplant to restore native coastal scrub habitat. It’s a good place for whale watching in season.


An accessible restroom building is at the curve of Westward Beach Road. It has a changing area with a seat, and an outdoor shower with a flip-down seat. Restrooms in the parking lot area are not accessible. The six-space parking lot off Cliffside Drive has two blue spaces.

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