best beaches in Malibu

Best Beaches in Malibu | Engagement, Elopement, Wedding

Are you getting the itch for sunny days like me? Now that we’re out of the coldest months, it’s time to start planning a much-needed seaside getaway. Or, maybe you’re dreaming of a salty air elopement. You’ll find the best beaches in Malibu for your carefree weekend escape.

best beaches in Malibu
best beaches in Malibu
best beaches in Malibu
best beaches in Malibu

Find a little piece of shoreline to take engagement photos or exchange vows, then head out on a Malibu Wine Safari – or a Malibu Wine Hike – to celebrate. After sleeping in and taking it slow, grab brunch at Malibu Farms. I’m so ready to head back to one of my very favorite seaside cities!

best beaches in Malibu
best beaches in Malibu
best beaches in Malibu
best beaches in Malibu
best beaches in Malibu
best beaches in Malibu

Check out this gorgeous adventure session for inspiration, plus a few of the best beaches in Malibu for couple’s photos:

El Matador State Beach | Romantic Couple’s Photos & Elopements

This peaceful, sandy beach features some of the best and most accessible rock formations – the giant sea stack rests half on the beach and half in the water for some really cool photo opportunities. It’s less frequented than other popular Malibu beaches, and we had so much fun running around and exploring the rocks and caves. This spot would be ideal for a romantic Malibu beach elopement. 

Mariah Treiber Elopements
Mariah Treiber Elopements
Mariah Treiber Elopements
Mariah Treiber Elopements
Mariah Treiber Elopements
Mariah Treiber Elopements
Mariah Treiber Elopements

Westward Beach/Pirate’s Cove Beach | Adventure Sessions

This small, quiet beach is only accessible during low tide. It’s a hidden gem that you won’t see listed on LA beach guides. Since it’s surrounded by rocky cliffs, adventure seekers like to come here to relax after hiking or rock climbing nearby. There’s also a nature viewing point above the beach for stunning views.

Mariah Treiber Elopements
best beaches in Malibu
best beaches in Malibu
best beaches in Malibu
best beaches in Malibu
best beaches in Malibu
best beaches in Malibu

Point Dume State Beach | Rugged & Intimate Couple’s Photos

Since this section juts out into a point, you get uninterrupted views of the steep cliffside. You can get some incredible photos with the waves crashing into the rocks along the shoreline at high tide. It has a very rugged look but still has plenty of soft sand for a beautiful barefoot elopement or adventure session. We can get some great shots from the top of the cliff looking down, too.

best beaches in Malibu
best beaches in Malibu
beach elopement destinations
beach elopement destinations
beach elopement destinations
beach elopement destinations
beach elopement destinations

Malibu Lagoon State Beach | Malibu Weddings

This premier surfing beach lies directly below the historic Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum, which offers a lush lawn and courtyard area for wedding ceremonies from March through November. Plus, they have a special event coordinator who can help you plan the day and obtain the appropriate permits for weddings. (Most public beach weddings with chairs and guests require a permit. Most small elopements do not. Check here for more info.) Adamson House even offers private museum tours for you and your guests during your cocktail hour as an add-on.

Lechuza Beach | Scenic & Calm

Just south of El Matador, you’ll run into less-frequented Lechuza Beach. It has a relaxed, local charm vibe. In fact, you can park for free along the residential streets above the beach. Take it easy and catch a few rays as the waves lap against the rocks that jut up out of the surf – Lechuza is super photogenic like the others on this list. This is a great spot for a fun and laid-back couple’s session during your Malibu vacation. Don’t forget your sunhat and picnic blanket!

Say “I do!” in Malibu

After checking out the best beaches in Malibu, let me know which one’s your favorite! Get in touch to reserve your Malibu photo session.

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