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Exploring the Beautiful Leo Carrillo State Beach in Malibu California

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Welcome to the Local Adventurer Link Up. The purpose of this weekly link up is to foster gratitude for the place you live, show others great local experiences that they might never find as a tourist, and to inspire others to explore and be present wherever they are.


Our local adventure this week is Leo Carrillo State Beach. I know this isn’t in Vegas, but this was a local adventure while we were living in LA last year. I have so much content I still need to share from LA!

Leo Carrillo Beach is in the Malibu area and is one of our favorite beaches we’ve been to so far in SoCal. It is only an hour drive from North Hollywood (maybe longer, because if you’ve ever been to Los Angeles, you know how it is). It has 1.5 miles of beach where you can swim, surf, and explore coastal caves and reefs. There are also hiking trails and campgrounds available, so this beach pretty much has it all. :)

When we went, we could see that it was a popular spot for photographers, and we learned that many movies have been filmed here including the Karate Kid, Grease, and Inception. When you’re in the LA area, it’s fun to know that you’re practically walking onto a set almost everywhere you go.

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Leo Carrillo State Park:
35000 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu CA 90265
Hours: 8AM-10PM


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Would you visit Leo Carrillo State Beach? Where is your favorite beach?

xoxo estherJacob

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This Post Has 65 Comments

  1. Sandra Dötsch

    Wow! this looks like the perfect beach, thanks for those adorable pictures :)

  2. Hima

    Love that last photo with the light leakage!

    xo, Hima
    Hima Hearts

  3. Neely


  4. Jessica Angeles

    Beautiful photos as always! Will have to check this beach out sometime this summer!

  5. Laura

    Oh, what a gorgeous location!

  6. Ashley

    Gorgeous! Looks like a great place to visit

  7. Kristine Foley

    Looks absolutely stunning! Would love to spend some time there!

  8. Amby Felix

    So gorgeous! My family and I were at Pajaro Dunes a few weeks ago here in California. I love the salty ocean air!!!

  9. Raewyn Smith

    I love Leo Carillo!! My favorite time we went was over night (illegally obviously) and it was so dark and peaceful!

      1. Raewyn Smith

        we didn’t have a bonfire, but we did have a pretty epic adventure. Or maybe we did have a bonfire and I don’t remember!! I DO remember hiding on the beach and getting kicked out by cops though!

  10. Lissa Cole

    What a fun link up!!! I love that the pin is like an Ellie pin!!! So jealous you’re near the beach.

    1. Thank you Lissa! :) Up is one of my fave movies! We’re not living by the beach anymore anymore. We live in Vegas now.. Funny bc when we lived in LA we didn’t take advantage of it.

      1. Lissa Cole

        If I had only read the whole thing instead of gawking at your photos… oops!

  11. Sarah

    This looks like such a wonderful place, so beautiful and so peaceful :-)

  12. Carly Anderson

    This is such a beautiful beach! You took some wonderful pictures.

  13. Karissa Ancell

    Great photos, what a beautiful beach.

  14. I love this link-up!!! :) It’s so unique and fun and totally your blog! I’ll have to go on a local adventure and join in sometime! :)

  15. Cool! Per the usual great pictures!!! :) I’m going to try to do a number of “local” oriented posts before the move, so I should have plenty to share when I can get caught up.

  16. Anosa

    Love your pictures, I now really want to visit the US very much

  17. Jasam

    I’ve never been to that beach before. I am loving the pictures and how the waves are hitting the rocks! You always have amazing photos. Just curious, did you take any photography lessons?

    1. Thank you so much Jasam! :) I actually did wedding photography for 8 years.. and just quit recently. I had a mentor for wedidng photog.. and before that I just loved taking photos since I was a kid. If you want to take any workshops or courses though.. I have plenty to recommend :D

  18. Rebekah

    Looks amazing! I always love your photos!

  19. Christen

    Whoo! I want to go on vacation now….right now!

  20. Joanna Sormunen

    Sounds like a really lovely place to visit! And the pictures are amazing, as always!

  21. Sierra

    I need to live by the beach!!

  22. Shipra Taneja

    Looks like such a serene place! <3 Would love to just hang out there and THINK! <3

  23. Jordan

    Again, love the photographs! I love California beaches no matter how north or south :)

      1. Jordan

        Shoot, I already commented on this, another link you want a comment on for the sprinkles link up?

  24. Erika

    All I could picture when scrolling through your gorgeous pics was Sandy and Danny in the opening scene of GREASE. (one of my all-time favorite movies from childhood.)

      1. Erika

        It’s the very very very beginning of the movie… before the grease song comes on. When Sandy and Danny are like, “Will our love last?” and Danny is like, “This is only the beginning…”

  25. Shannon Kennedy

    Gorgeous photos! First time ever I was prepared for the linkup. I think I’m getting the hang of this :)

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