"Leo Carrillo State Beach, One of My Favorites" Leo Carrillo State Beach by KimberlyAnn

Leo Carrillo State Beach Travel Guide: 29 reviews and 79 photos

Leo Carrillo State Beach is located between Oxnard and Malibu, 28 miles northwest of Santa Monica on the Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1.) Of all the State Beaches I have visited along the southern and south central California coast, Leo Carrillo is my favorite. The main reason this is my favorite, is because it is so varied. There are one and a half miles of beach, which includes, a large open stretch of beach, private coves, tide pools, and coastal caves and rock formations. Off shore there are reefs for divers to explore. If you aren?t looking for a beach, the park also encompasses canyons and mountains offering you lots of backcountry hiking. You can come here and be an adventurer, enjoy such activities as swimming, surfing, windsurfing, surf fishing, flying kites, or just layback with a book and enjoy the beauty of the ocean. Because the park begins at sea level, and continues up into the mountains, there is a wide variety of plant and animal life, so the park offers a variety of environments and activities for people who enjoy the outdoors.

Along some areas of the beach you will find rocks projecting out of the water, which will dress up your view, in other areas you have an open stretch of water that welcomes many summer people who enjoy swimming, and other beach activities.

If you enjoy wildlife, look for sea birds such as cormorants, sea gulls, and pelicans. During whale migrations, look out across the ocean and you may spot the spouts of whales as they work their way along the coast. You may also see dolphins, harbor seals, or sea lions. As you explore further into the park you may spot such animals as rabbits, squirrels, scrub jays, acorn woodpeckers, red tailed hawks, deer, foxes, snakes, or raccoons. Bobcats also live in the area, but are rarely seen. Whether you come to the park for exploring the great outdoors, or simply to relax, you will enjoy Leo Carrillo.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:This is a 2,000 acre park, with mountain hiking, and the Pacific Ocean for enjoying coastline activities.
  • Cons:Watch for poison oak, rattle snakes, and ticks when in the backcountry.
  • In a nutshell:More than a beach.
  • Last visit to Leo Carrillo State Beach: Feb 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • MissyWQ's Profile Photo
    Jul 16, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    GOOGLE: Leo Carrillo and find he was born in LA 1915-1957 His father was first mayor of LA. Leo as a Univ. grad he worked as a Cartoonist for San Fran. Examiner before appearing in over 90 films.TV as Pancho to the Cisco Kid.

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    The beach and trails look inviting. Great place to spend a weekend in the outdoors.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Aug 27, 2008 at 1:48 PM

    No wonder Leo Carrillo St. Beach is a favorite of yours! North Beach looks grade. I, too, love Trader Joe's. Found "Walk under Highway" fascinating. Great photos and tips.

  • ATXtraveler's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Our Sunday School class went camping here every summer... thanks for the memories!

  • Nov 17, 2007 at 12:23 PM

    Great Page. I was here once when I was a kid.

  • Basaic's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2007 at 8:44 AM

    Love your page on Leo Carillo State Park. I went there with friends in August. Will post my own page soon although it will not be as good as yours.

  • Tugboatguy's Profile Photo
    May 21, 2007 at 4:51 PM

    Anne, you are indeed an artist with your camera-such superb seascapes and wonderful commentary. Glad you got in our back-country to enjoy, too; a wilderness so close to teeming civilization, but quiet away from the all the car traffic. Doug


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