Malibu Lagoon State Beach
Whether it's the view of the cliffs surrounding the beach or the serenity that this stretch of California coastline that just can't be beat, Malibu Lagoon State Beach is the perfect backdrop for a warm Southern California afternoon. This beach is somewhat more isolated than most beaches along Pacific Coast Highway, requiring some trail scaling. Be sure to park in the private lot behind the trails that lead to the beach and take in the view. Just be warned that certain stretches are peppered with rocks that may be dangerous for kids. However, you can sink your toes into the sand along most of Malibu Lagoon State Beach without the worry, wade through the tide pools or watch surfers master the waves while you and your family soaks up the sun.