Point Dume

Welcome to Point Dume

The Point Dume neighborhood in Malibu is amazing.  Positioned on a high bluff above a series of cliff-lined sand and cobblestone points. Most of the lots are quite large, an acre or more, and the homes range from sprawling ranches to cutting-edge cliff-top Contemporaries to everything in between.  There’s a reason the likes of Julia Roberts, several members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chris Martin, Matthew McConaughey, and a host of others live here. It’s an amazing artistic community with a beachy vibe and a “beach key” to go with it offering access to some of the most private and very pristine beaches and surf point breaks in Malibu.  Whether you're interested in Zuma or La Costa Beach, Point Dume offers close proximity to Malibu's many beach havens. Yet, it still maintains its rural character and is conveniently close to amenities like Pavilions Market, Sunlife Organics, and the Malibu Elementary School.

Brief History of Point Dume, CA

Point Dume, a picturesque promontory along the California coast, boasts a history as captivating as its natural beauty. Named in 1793 by explorer George Vancouver, it pays homage to Padre Francisco Dumetz of Mission San Buenaventura. Interestingly, a clerical error on Vancouver's map led to the misspelling of its name as "Dume," a detail that has persisted through the centuries. Historical documents, like the 1870 plat map of Rancho Topanga Malibu Sequit, reflect this inconsistency, alternatively naming it "Point Zuma or Duma."


The area's identity was briefly contested in the early 1980s when real estate interests attempted to modify its pronunciation to "du-MAY" and alter its spelling to "Dumé," but these changes did not gain widespread acceptance.


Point Dume's maritime history is particularly notable. In the mid-1930s, it was a significant site for whaling operations. The 900-ton steam-schooner California, belonging to the California Whaling Company, would anchor near Point Dume at Paradise Cove every winter. From here, the company conducted extensive whaling activities, primarily targeting gray whales migrating between Alaska and Baja California. This period of industrial activity was vividly documented in accounts by reporters and in Nial O’Malley Keyes's book "Blubber Ship," highlighting the intense whaling operations near Malibu, particularly around Point Dume.


Transitioning from its industrial past, Point Dume underwent significant changes post-World War II. Originally a windblown, treeless bluff adorned with native chaparral, it slowly transformed as settlers arrived. These early residents, known for their independent spirit, began to introduce non-native flora, planting trees and establishing single-family homesteads. This marked the beginning of Point Dume's residential development.


A notable milestone in the community was the opening of Point Dume Elementary School in 1968. Though it closed in 1980, it later reopened in 1996 as the Point Dume Marine Science Elementary School, reflecting the community's enduring commitment to education and environmental awareness.


By 2007, the landscape of Point Dume had evolved significantly. The simple homesteads of earlier decades gave way to luxurious mansions and mega-mansions, many boasting expansive ocean views and surrounded by lush, mature trees. This architectural transformation illustrates the area's progression from a rugged, natural bluff to a coveted residential enclave, interweaving a rich tapestry of history with modern luxury.


Things to do in Point Dume, CA

  • Rock Climbing Adventure: Point Dume offers a unique rock climbing experience, perfect for beginners and enthusiasts alike. With its easy-to-navigate single pitch routes and top rope climbing from fixed anchors, it's an ideal spot for introducing new climbers to the sport. The stunning setting adds to the thrill of climbing here.
  • Trail Exploration and Beach Fun: Spanning 63 acres, Point Dume State Beach and Natural Preserve invite you to discover their breathtaking headlands, cliffs, and trails. Begin your exploration at the trailhead located at the Westward Beach Road cul-de-sac, or find parking along Cliffside Drive for a different starting point. Whether you're hiking or simply enjoying the beach, Point Dume's natural beauty is a must-see.
  • Surf's Up at Point Dume: For surf enthusiasts, the well-known surfing area off Point Dume is accessible via Cliffside Drive. A trail leads to stairs descending to the beach, where you'll find excellent waves between Dume Cove and Paradise Cove. This popular spot is known for its impressive right point break.
  • Diving into the Deep: Dive into an underwater adventure at Point Dume Beach. The nearby Dume Submarine Canyon offers an extraordinary dive experience with its descending seabed. Swim out to the famous Point Dume Pinnacles, towering 25 to 50 feet, home to diverse marine life including rays, sharks, and sea lions. During low tide, access Pirate's Cove by hiking around the cliffs, shortening the swim to the pinnacles.


Restaurants in Point Dume

Point Dume, renowned for its scenic beaches and vibrant community, also offers a diverse culinary scene that caters to every palate. From farm-to-table delights to classic pizzas, here’s a taste of what Point Dume’s restaurants have to offer:


  • Ollie’s Duck and Dive: Just a stone's throw from Zuma Beach, Ollie’s is the go-to spot for a relaxed meal paired with local craft beer. It's not just the proximity to the beach that makes it special, but also its commitment to farm-to-table dining, using the freshest, locally sourced ingredients. Ollie’s has become a staple in the local dining scene, offering a perfect blend of quality and comfort.

  • Sunlife Organics: For those seeking a health-conscious and vibrant atmosphere, Sunlife Organics is a gem. This cozy cafe, known for its açaí bowls, smoothies, and fresh juices, embodies the local spirit with its enthusiastic staff and inspiring surf videos. It's more than just a place to eat; it's an experience that uplifts your day with its focus on health, wellness, and community.

  • Lily’s Malibu: A beloved establishment in Point Dume Village, Lily’s Malibu is a local favorite, particularly for its breakfast burritos, acclaimed by residents as unparalleled. The charm of Lily’s extends beyond its menu; the chance to see Lily Castro herself, with her welcoming smile, adds a personal touch to the dining experience. Don’t miss out on their equally impressive fish tacos – a testament to the culinary prowess found here.

  • D’amores Pizza: Celebrating the timeless appeal of pizza, D’amores has been a cornerstone of Malibu’s dining scene for over 25 years. This pizzeria has garnered numerous accolades for its simple yet exquisite flavors, drawing in both locals and tourists alike. Nestled in Point Dume Village, a known hotspot for celebrity sightings, D’amores stands out as a favorite among Malibu’s famous faces, offering a slice of local culture along with its award-winning pizzas.


Each of these eateries, with their unique flavors and atmospheres, contributes to the rich tapestry of Point Dume’s dining landscape, making it a must-visit destination for food lovers. Whether you’re craving a gourmet meal, a healthy snack, or a comforting classic, Point Dume’s culinary offerings are sure to delight.


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