Leo Carrillo State Beach was named after a star of Broadway and television. He served 14 years on the State Beaches and Parks Commission and was instrumental in the states acquisition of the coastal property in and around Malibu
. The state beach is located in the Santa Monica
Mountains, 30 miles northwest of Santa Monica off the Pacific Coast Highway
The park extends 1.5 miles and is an ideal beach for swimming, surfing, windsurfing, surf fishing and sunbathing. There are waves for long and short boards and plenty of space for the summer surf crowds. The winds pick up in the late afternoon, providing fantastic conditions for windsurfing.
The major activities at Leo Carrillo are windsurfing and kite surfing. When the wind picks up you can witness a coastline full of colorful sails. There are also tide pools, coastal caves and reefs for exploring. Leo Carrillo is a great family beach. There is easy beach access and a large beach for group picnics. The park also offers back country hiking. And during the summer, children's programs are available at the visitors center.
There is a large camping area at Leo Carrillo, shaded by a Forest
of giant sycamore trees. There are 135 camping sites available, each with a table and a fire ring. Camping at Leo Carrillo costs $15.00-$25.00 a night, depending on the season. There are also hike and bike sites for touring cyclists and west coast backpackers. During the summer time the camp sites fill up quickly, so making reservations in advance is highly recommended.
Leo Carrillo’s parking lot is on the northwest side of the state beach. It is pricey to park here. The cost is $10.00 a Day
and you pay at the ranger post. There is limited free parking along the PCH.