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Point Dume State Beach

Point Dume State Beach
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Location Malibu, California
Nearest city Santa Monica

34°0′3.14″N 118°48′24.62″W / 34.0008722°N 118.8068389°W / 34.0008722; -118.8068389Coordinates: 34°0′3.14″N 118°48′24.62″W / 34.0008722°N 118.8068389°W / 34.0008722; -118.8068389

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California Department of Parks and Recreation

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Point Dume is a promontory on the coast of Malibu, California that juts out into the Pacific Ocean. The point, a long bluff, forms the northern end of the Santa Monica Bay. Point Dume Headlands Park affords a vista of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and Santa Catalina Island. Zuma Beach lies to its immediate northwest.


Point Dume was named by George Vancouver in 1793 in honor of Padre Francisco Dumetz of Mission San Buenaventura.[1]The name was misspelled on Vancouver's map as "Dume" and was never corrected.[2] In the early 1980s, real estate development interests began pronouncing the name "du-MAY" and spelling it "Dumé"; this did not catch on.

In the mid-1930s, the 900-ton steam-schooner California, of the California Whaling Company, would anchor in Paradise Cove about a mile offshore, near Point Dume, and process whales caught by her two "killer boats", the Hawk and Port Saunders. She spent about four months there each winter (December–April), mostly flensing gray whales on their annual migration from Alaska to Baja California and back. Emerson Gaze, a reporter who spent a day with the fleet, said they had caught over fifty whales up to late January 1936, nearly all gray (with the exception of a few humpback and sperm whales).[3] Nial O’Malley Keyes, in his book Blubber Ship, reported large numbers of whales were caught within a mile of Malibu (in or before 1934), a reference to the Point Dume operation.[4]

Up until the 1940s, Point Dume was a windblown, treeless bluff covered by native chaparral. Post-WWII the bluff became slowly settled by independent-minded folks, who planted trees and other non-native flora among their single-family homesteads. In 1968, Point Dume Elementary School opened, but closed in 1980. It reopened in 1996 and remains open today, now known as the Point Dume Marine Science Elementary School. By 2007, many of the simple homesteads were torn down to make way for mansions and mega-mansions behind walls, many with expansive ocean views while other large homes were surrounded by mature trees.

State Preserve

The northwestern most tip of Point Dume was designated a California State Preserve, the Point Dume State Beach.[5] Located along Cliffside Drive, very limited parking is available. Its beach is protected by the Lifeguard unit of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Street parking is available on Grasswood, a short walk from the headlands. The cove, located just south of the point, was once a popular clothing optional meeting spot in the sixties and seventies.

Rock Climbing

Point Dume is home to a handful of very moderate single pitch rock climbing routes that are usually climbed on top rope from established fixed anchors.[6] It's a common place to take novice climbers due to the ease of access, ease of routes, as well as the beautiful and unique setting for rock climbing.

Filming location

The Normandy landings of the film D-Day the Sixth of June were filmed at Point Dume.

Important scenes in the Planet of the Apes series were filmed at Point Dume's Westward Beach.

In Iron Man and its sequels, the protagonist Tony Stark's huge seaside mansion was set on Point Dume at the edge of a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and was given the fictitious address 10880 Malibu Point, 90265.[7] Though interior shots of the home were filmed on real sets, the house itself is fictional. Because Point Dume is a protected area and construction on its cliffs is strictly prohibited, the home was created as a 3D model and digitally placed on the rocks in post-production.[8]

With its close proximity to the film and television industry location, Point Dume's Westward Beach continues to be a popular filming location for films, television, advertisements, and videos, appearing frequently whenever a beach scene is needed.

Vincent Price's ashes were put here.[9]

The season 3 finale of Angel was filmed on the cliffs above Point Dume State Beach.

An episode of the television series Modern Family was filmed on Point Dume State Beach.

The pilot episode of I Dream of Jeannie filmed at Point Dume which served as the deserted South Pacific Island where astronaut Tony Nelson's (Larry Hagman) capsule washed ashore and he released (Barbara Eden) Jeannie from 2,000 years of imprisonment.


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