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.
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.