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El Pescador Beach

El Pescador Beach

By: Kylie Lesko

Last weekend I visited El Pescador Beach in Northern Malibu. A dirt trail and stairs provide access to the beach from PCH. There is a small parking lot and parking is also available on PCH. The stairs leading to the sand are becoming worn down over time from the weather, tide, and foot traffic over time. El Pescador is one of my favorite beaches that I have been visiting regularly for years. As time goes by I have noticed the sea level continue to rise higher as I notice the visible sand decreasing. There are properties on the beach that are getting closer and closer to the sea. A lot of houses have staircases down to the beach which are getting closer and closer to the waves. Because of the location of these properties, when visiting the beach it is easy to think about climate change and sea level rise. This is a small beach with rocks on both sides separating it from the other beaches. These rocks are full of crabs, sea enememes, and sea shells. I also saw three dolphins in the water swimming together. When visiting El Pescador this most recent time I focused on observing it through an environmental lens. Because it is the end of summer and the beaches have high traffic this time of year, I noticed a lot of trash on the sand. There were a lot of beer can/bottles, food/snack wrappers, plastic bottles, cigarette butts, etc. My friends and I pick up trash whenever we go to the beach so we tried to pick up as much as we could. I think more beach cleanups are necessary during the summer months when the beaches are so busy. This is one of my favorite beaches because it does not get as busy as the other beaches on PCH. It is a peaceful and makes it easy to focus on the nature surrounding you because there are not as many people there. El Pescador is a great beach to relax at if you want to avoid the crowds and focus on the scenery surrounding you.


  1. I haven’t been to El Pescador Beach for some time, I do remember it begin one of the more “natural” beaches around, as far as no grooming and the amount of wrack present. Although it’s not a difficult hike down to the beach it’s still disappoint that people will go through the effort of lunging down their beer, cigarettes and snacks only to leave them there, this is one of those less populated beaches and it seems counterintuitive to litter a place that takes effort to get to. Frequent visitors to El Pescador Beach need to take a page out of your book and leave the beach a little cleaner then when they got there. It’s inspiring to hear your practice of good stewardship of a place you love so much.

  2. Kylie!
    I am glad to see that your love for the beach has never gone away, in particular, that the field in your career will be one that you are already accustomed to. Although I have never gone to El Pescador beach I know have an idea of the layout as well as what to expect so Thank you!

  3. I really enjoyed your post. I’ve always wanted to visit this beach but never got the chance. Such a shame there is so much trash pollution due to human activities.

  4. Hi! I really enjoyed your post and how much imagery you use. I like how your post looked at the wildlife and human life aspects and how global warming is changing both. I really liked your suggestion of more cleanups during the summer months. That makes a lot more sense.

  5. I’ve never been to this beach and now I’m so tempted to go! You really painted a picture with your explanation, and I liked your emphasis on the affect the busy Summer season was taking on the beach. I also think it’s really cool that you and your friend take it upon yourselves to always pick up trash when you go to the beach. Even though it’s a small thing I think it rubs off on the public very easily. Great post!

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