Things to Do in Leo Carrillo State Park

California Department of Parks and Recreation - Photo by Leo Carrillo State Park

Leo Carrillo State Park is a state park in Los Angeles County, California, United States

This park is famous for its beautiful beach, with the long-stretching shoreline and clean surroundings

The most popular activity to do in this park is surfing, windsurfing, and camping

The beach also has a tide pool which is perfect for kids to play at

There are a lot of sea caves near the beach which makes the scenery more dramatic and stunning at the same time



Welcome to Leo Carrillo State Park guide! This park is famous for its beautiful view of the ocean, as well as the trails and campgrounds. It’s also a part of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. If you have a plan to visit this beach, you will be pleased of how stunning the park is!

One of the spots you should visit here is Leo Carrillo State Beach. Not only this beach is very clean and stunning, this is also a popular place for people to surf and windsurf. The cliffs and caves near the beach makes the view extra pretty. When the tide is low, you can see sea creatures such as hermit crabs, sea snails, and sea anemones in the tide pools.

Leo Carrillo State Beach

Really great place to have your own adventure.

Lots of rocks to climb and mostly amazingly a big sea cave.

Or a tunnel connects two sea caves together.

Address : 35000 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265, USA


Have a day to explore Leo Carrillo State Park? You can go to Nicholas Canyon Beach. This beach is less crowded than Leo Carillo State Beach, but it’s not too far. Most people come here to chill and picnicking, as there are picnic tables at the beach. This place is very clean too so it’s perfect for you who loves a nice, a bit secluded place.
If you love challenge and you’ve never surfed before, you may want to go to Radfish Malibu Boardshop and Apparel while you’re here. This boardshop is very famous for its surfing class, with professional trainer that will be patiently teaching you how to surf here. Don’t worry if you’re only a beginner, they teach all levels and they are very hospitable – you won’t regret learning to surf from them.

Nicholas Canyon Beach

One of the most beautiful beaches to have family fun day.

With cinematic views, and surfers catching waves below make your experience is amazing.

Address : 33850 CA-1, Malibu, CA 90265, USA

Radfish Malibu Boardshop and Apparel

This is exactly what you're looking for, if you're trying to find a genuine Californian surf experience.

Absolutely top-notch service and top-notch equipment satisfaction guaranteed.

The staff go out of their way to make sure we were taken care of with gear, lessons, a ride to and from the beach.

Address : 29575 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265, USA


Leo Carrillo State Parks offers camping inside the park area. You must book the site online – they will let some walk-in reservation as well as long as the campsites are still available. The park has only token-operated showers and the token machines accept only one dollar bills. So, better prepare yourself with the cash before camping here. The sites are also equipped with electrical hook-ups: 20 AMP, 30 AMP, and 50 Amp. They also have group campsite as well.


During this time of pandemic, the park is open with limited access. Parking is very limited and visitors should maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gathering, picnics, and parties are not allowed. You should also bring your own soap/sanitizer.


The best time to visit Leo Carrillo State Park in Los Angeles is from March to May and September to November, when the weather are most pleasant and the tourist places won’t be too crowded.


Need a place to stay near Leo Carrillo State Park? you can book a room in Malibu County Inn. This 3-star hotel is located 6.7 miles away from the beach, and it offers you natural ambience of Malibu. The rooms are equipped with minifridges, coffeemakers, as well as flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi. Most of them have private patios as well. If you fancy a suite, you may as well book their suites which has the fireplaces and whirlpool tubs.

Another hotel you should check out is Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach House. This place is located 11.7 miles away from Leo Carrillo State Park, offering a rustic-designed rooms and building while still maintaining the modern touch. Cottages are furnished and polished, equipped with sitting areas, flat screen TV, and terraces. You may also book their upgraded cottages which has outdoor showers, or suites with separate living area, a fireplace, and soaking tub.

Malibu Country Inn

Extremely clean & comfortable with beautiful rooms, reasonably priced.

The hotel ,location, rooms are all amazing.

The staff are very approachable and helpful.

Would definetely recommend this hotel to everybody.

Address : 6506 Westward Beach Rd, Malibu, CA 90265, USA

Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club

A very amazing place to stay surrounded by a very unusual environment.

The place is very clean, beautiful, and unique so it gives a different impression.

It has excellent amenities including a swimming pool, rooms and a beautiful place to relax.

Providing healthy food with excellent service.

Address : 327 Latigo Canyon Rd, Malibu, CA 90265, USA


Craving for food? Well, there are many restaurants near Leo Carrillo State Park that you can visit, especially around the beach area. However, you may want to try Neptune’s Net, which is a popular seafood restaurant located 1 mile away from the park’s beach. They serve fresh catches, burgers, as well as beers at picnic tables overlooking the ocean. If you’re a fan of Fast and Furious, you will notice that this restaurant was the filming location as the biker spot in the movie.

Another restaurant you should go to is GEOFFREY’S. This restaurant is perfect especially if you love fine dining, or looking for a romantic place to go with your date. The ambience is just grand and very lovely, with the views of Pacific Ocean. Their service is top notch and the foods are delicious as well. We recommend you to come here at sunset, when the sky makes the ocean extra gorgeous thus intensifying the romantic ambience in the restaurant.

Neptune's Net

If you are a fan of the fast and the furious this is a great place to come and visit.

The view is amazing, food both seafood and excellent burgers.

Highly recommend to anyone looking to enjoy a nice drive up the coast and grabbing some good grub.

Address : 42505 CA-1, Malibu, CA 90265, USA


Wonderful place to get wonderful dining experience.

Beautiful ocean, view, great atmosphere, delicious food and fantastic customer service.

Address : 27400 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265, USA


Looking for a souvenir shop near Leo Carrillo State Park? You can go to Room at the Beach. This gift shop’s decoration is visually very pleasing and they have the unique items you will want to bring home. They sell stuffs such as mercury glass tumbler, potpourri bag, blankets, body care, serving board, candles, and many more. Almost everything are beach-themed, certainly will remind you of the good times you spend in Malibu and Leo Carrillo State Park.