County Line Beach, Malibu

Coordinates: 34°3′6″N 118°57′36″W / 34.05167°N 118.96000°W / 34.05167; -118.96000
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County Line Beach
County Line Beach, Malibu is located in California
County Line Beach, Malibu
Location in California
County Line Beach, Malibu is located in the United States
County Line Beach, Malibu
Location in United States
LocationSouth coast, Ventura County, California, USA
Nearest cityMalibu, California
Coordinates34°3′6″N 118°57′36″W / 34.05167°N 118.96000°W / 34.05167; -118.96000
Owned bySanta Monica Mountains Conservancy
Operated byCalifornia Department of Parks and Recreation
ParkingStreet parking
WebsiteOfficial website

County Line Beach is beach park located in Solromar, an unincorporated community of Ventura County. This stretch of sandy beach is easily accessible from the adjacent Pacific Coast Highway. This popular surf spot is administered as part of Leo Carrillo State Park.[1] The beach lies within the south coast portion of the Ventura County amidst a mostly rugged coastline that is some of the most striking and diverse coastal terrain in the County. The beach lies at the mouth of a canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains that hug the shore along the Ventura County's south coast.[2]: 63 


The beach is the most westerly community on the Malibu Coast and is within the Malibu zip code. The area was not included within the City of Malibu when the city incorporated as it is just across the boundary separating Los Angeles County from Ventura County. Its sandy beach stretches over half a mile, bordered by the Whaler's Village Condominium complex to the east, the MariSol residential community to the North and a tract of single family beach homes on the western end.[3]

It has a small parking lot and street parking is available along Pacific Coast Highway[4] which is part of the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route. This is an access point for California Coastal Trail.[5]

Recreational activities[edit]

Board surfing, body surfing, kite surfing, wind surfing and stand up paddle boarding are common activities at County Line Beach.[6] The water quality at County Line Beach is consistently graded as an A+ by the environmental steward organization Heal the Bay.[7] It has a beach break with good peaks for surfing, and a point break that stays glassy from the thick kelp beds.[8] Junior surf competitions are held there and it has received some celebrity notoriety with "Ventura County Line" being mentioned as a favorite surf spot by the Beach Boys in their 1963 hit song "Surfin' U.S.A." Kite surfing and wind surfing are also popular at the beach.[3]

Coastal marine habitat[edit]

Scuba diving and freediving are popular because of the easy access and a marine habitat consisting of an abundant kelp forest with numerous reefs. When the waves are small and the water visibility is clear, diving conditions can be good to excellent. The outer reefs have an abundance of sea life and are popular among spear-fisherman when the white seabass are running.[8] Spearfishing, kayak fishing and shore fishing are popular here. The largest draw is for the California white seabass when it is in season typically at the end of Spring and through Summer. Pacific halibut and Calico bass are also popular game fish.

Wildlife including dolphin, whale, seals, seabirds and fish are abundant off of County Line Beach.[9] The large kelp forests and abundance[10] of opalescent inshore market squid[11] means a high biodiversity. The market (opalescent)[12] (118,000 tons, $7,670,000)[13] squid fishery[14] is California's largest and most lucrative[15] commercial[16] fishery, off the coast from the beach.[17][18] The thick kelp beds also provide an opportunity to test for radioactive contamination that could arrive in ocean currents from Japan's damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant.[19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Carlson, Cheri (March 30, 2020). "Authorities close Point Mugu State Park trails, beaches during another busy weekend". Ventura County Star. Archived from the original on 2020-03-30. Retrieved 2020-03-31.
  2. ^ SUBSEQUENT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT FOR FOCUSED GENERAL PLAN UPDATE and Related Amendments to the Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance and Zone Change ZN05-0008 (PDF) (Report). County of Ventura. June 22, 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 2, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "The Beach Boys' Malibu Beach House" PR Newswire (Nov. 20, 2012)
  4. ^ Plascencia, Anthony (August 9, 2018). "Your guide to Ventura County beaches". Ventura County Star. Archived from the original on 2019-07-18. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  5. ^ California Coastal Trail Hiker's Guide: Ventura County Section 13 Map Archived 2014-05-02 at the Wayback Machine Coastwalk Accessed 1 May 2014
  6. ^ Cardwell, Diane (July 30, 2014) "At Patagonia, the Bottom Line Includes the Earth" The New York Times
  7. ^ "Beach Report Card". Heal the Bay. Retrieved 26 September 2013.
  8. ^ a b "County Line Beach". L.A. Mountains. Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. Archived from the original on 28 October 2004. Retrieved 26 September 2013.
  9. ^ Echeverry, Sebastian; Yamamoto, Jane (March 24, 2019). "Dead Whale on Malibu Beach Draws Crowds, Interest". NBC Southern California. Retrieved 2019-03-26.
  10. ^ Guldimann, Suzanne (January 10, 2017). "Squid boats dot Malibu coast: Roughly 40,157 tons of squid caught this season". Malibu Surfside News. Archived from the original on 9 May 2017. Retrieved 21 September 2022.
  11. ^ "Market Squid". California Sea Grant. Retrieved 21 September 2022.
  12. ^ "California Commercial Squid Fishery Closed November 21". Sport Fishing Magazine. 21 November 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2022.
  13. ^ "Squid Fishermen Find Massive Schools Near Santa Barbara Shores". KEYT. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 21 September 2022.
  14. ^ "Squid Fisheries". Gilly Lab. Retrieved 21 September 2022.
  15. ^ Adkisson, Knowles (October 23, 2013). "Two Sea Lions Killed by Bullets". Malibu Times. Archived from the original on 26 October 2013. Retrieved 21 September 2022.
  16. ^ "The catch in squid fishing". Malibu Times. 1 November 2000. Retrieved 21 September 2022.
  17. ^ "A squishy romance". Malibu Times. Retrieved 26 September 2013.
  18. ^ Guldimann, Suzanne. "Squid Fishers". The Malibu Post. Retrieved 21 September 2022.
  19. ^ Sahagun, Louis (January 16, 2014) "Study to test California's kelp forests for radioactive contamination" Los Angeles Times