Zuma Beach

Going to the beach often as a child made me appreciate the vast waters that meet the shore. As I have grown older, it has become a place of solitude and peace. When my friends or I have a bad day and simply need to decompress, a drive down PCH to go sit on the beach with blankets and hot chocolate in hand is what happens 90% of the time. It only feels right to have my first blog post talk about how much the beach means to me.

Sunset at Zuma.

Different from the days spent in the sun lying on the beach, I now visit at night or at sunset, not only to get some amazing pictures but to enjoy the stillness as the world slows down at the end of the day. We can get so wrapped up in the happenings of the day, to-do lists, assignments, and deadlines, we do not slow down enough to breathe. I try to go to a beach once a month to take that time to clear my head and simply listen to the crashing waves.

As Zuma Beach is one of the largest and most popular in LA County, there are often many people here, regardless of time. A slight tradition in my family is that after coming home from a vacation, as we are driving back from LAX we take PCH just to see the ocean again. I have stopped at Zuma countless times on my drive home to breathe in the salty sea air and feel the sand underneath my feet. Equipped with restrooms, food trucks and stands, plenty of parking, and some beautiful views, Zuma never disappoints….well except for the seagulls, but I think that’s every beach.  This beach is home to the Malibu Nautica Annual Marathon, volleyball tournaments, and the perfect place to witness the migration of grey whales in the winter. Its natural beauty makes it a favorite of regulars and tourists but is also a popular film site for movies and television shows as well as the topic of some well-known songs by U2 and The Rolling Stones.

I highly recommend “beach therapy” (as we call it in my family) if you need to center yourself or meditate, just don’t forget your blankets and snacks as once you get settled, you will not want to leave. Also a pro tip: if you don’t want to pay for parking (we’re college students, we don’t have $20 to park our cars), you can often find spaces roadside just outside the lot and right off of PCH. It’s a win-win.

4 thoughts on “Zuma Beach

  1. bryan.ruiz708 says:

    Hi Danae, I really love your post on beach therapy! It gave me an entirely new perspective on the beach from your lens. It makes me wonder what other types of beach therapy there are for others? Do people prefer dusk of dawn or being at the beach at night for their beach therapy? Either way, I strongly relate to what you are saying since going to the beach for me gives me a strong sense of ease, especially witnessing any type of activity like seagulls flying and seeing a migration of whales or dolphins. Perhaps I would try your way of beach therapy and see what will my experience be like, especially at Zuma beach which by the way sounds absolutely amazing!

    • danae.dalbey908 says:

      Hey Bryan! I’m glad you enjoyed the post! I often wonder what time of day people like attending the beach as well, especially for a momentary getaway. I hope you enjoy your visit to Zuma!

  2. olyvia.escamilla566 says:

    Hi Danae,
    wow this was a beautiful post that included beautiful pictures as well! Growing up I loved going to the beach and being able to play in the sand. Now I find it more of a safe haven, where I can just relax and unwind (especially during school lol) I have never been to Zuma Beach, but I have heard a lot about it. Do you think that since Zuma is such a well known beach that it beings so population there is a lot of pollution going into the ocean (like all the trash from the food trucks) ? If so, I’m sure they provide plenty of beach clean ups there and maybe I can help that beach by going to a clean up just to keep it as beautiful as it is in your pictures !

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