leocarillopk The movie and television scenes that are set on the shores of California are captivating.  There are SO many different types of landscapes from the wide sloping beaches to the cliffs and everything in between.  There is no doubt about it…the California coast is special.  One of the favorite spots of locals and tourists is Leo Carillo State Park.  Located off the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) in Malibu, this beach boasts some of the prettiest rock formations and sea life found in this area.

waves Many great California landmarks have a Hollywood connection.  Leo Carillo State Park has been a popular filming location for photographers, television and movies.  The 90’s tv show Baywatch has several scenes on Leo Carillo beach along with movies like GidgetGrease, The Karate KidThe CraftPoint BreakThe Usual Suspects and Inception.  The park was also named after an

leocarrilloactor!  Leo Carillo was best known for his role as Pancho, the side-kick to Duncan Renaldo’s Cisco Kid, a popular 1950’s television show.  His contribution to the motion picture industry earned him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Leo was not only an actor but a preservationist and conservationist as well, serving on the California State Parks Commission for 18 years.  He was part of a well-respected
California family which included some of the original San Diego settlers and a long line of politicians.

caves At Leo Carillo State Park, you will pay $12 for parking  but the memories andphotographs you take with you will be priceless.  There is so much to do here!  The ocean and shoreline at Leo Carillo allow for plenty surfing, snorkeling, swimming and surf fishing. If you head further back into the park, and into the shade of the mighty sycamore trees, you can find some greatstarfishspots for both camping and hiking.  Also, don’t forget to bring the dog!  This beach is pet friendly for your favorite furry friends (on leashes).

pacificcoldThe beachcombing at Leo Carillo is not your traditional stroll for shells.  At low tide, you can observe some of the most amazing sea life exposed on the rocks and in the lingering tidepools.  You can also explore the coastal caves which make for great pictures.  The cliffs along the beach contain a series of lifeguard towers and man-made walkways down to the shore.  When I visit a new beach, the first thing I do is make my way to edge of the water and put my feet in.  I went in a little too quickly here…the Pacific Ocean is quite refreshing (a.k.a. freezing)!

hulapie All of this activity is sure to work up an appetite!  On the way back from Leo Carillo State Park, be sure to stop into Duke’s along the PCH in Malibu.  They offer delicious food with a “surfer” atmosphere and amazing view.  This restaurant is part of a chain that started in Hawaii and is named after Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, a world-renowned surf legend.  The exceptional service compliments a most memorable dining experience and you will want to return each time you visit.  Be sure to save room for dessert though!  No seriously, their Hula Pie is legendary…just like Duke.

leocarillo2The magic of Malibu can be felt the moment you step into the salty air and observe the composition of this area.  The gorgeous homes that dot the shoreline and the hills are very impressive.  The winding PCH that divides the base of the hills from the beach allows you to get lost in a daydream of the possibilities that lie both ahead and behind you.  Leo Carillo State Park is the definition of natural beauty, giving you a moment to pause and reflect on how much you can enjoy life if you stop to explore.

moira1 This blog comes from Dune Jewelry’s Florida Wholesale Rep, Moira Yon. Contact Moira to learn more about Dune Jewelry at moira@dunejewelry.com!