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Corral Canyon Beach

Corral Canyon Beach

County Beach - Good Beginner Dive Areas

Overview

Considered a California County public beach, it is a 1 mile stretch of beach between two areas on PCH, Pacific Coast Highway - Puerco Canyon Road to the north and Corral Canyon Road to the south. Corral Canyon Beach is also sometimes referred to as Dan Blocker Beach to the east and Solstice Canyon to the west end. Latigo beach is to the west and Old Malibu Road to the east. 

This beach is very popular with tourists and locals because it is so easily accessible.  During the summer and holidays, you may not be able to get parking along side PCH unless you arrive early in the morning or late at night.  You'll find divers, surfers, and freedivers here because the underwater life is magnificent.  Caution needs to be highly exercised like all beach dives due to strong surf and currents.  When in doubt, don't. 

  

26408-26056 Pacific Coast Hwy.  Malibu CA 90265  

34.033167, -118.742298

  

Operating Hours:
For Beach Emergencies Dial 911

Open 365 days a year. Hours of operation for all beaches: sunrise to sunset 
There are no public phones, nor concession stands, no showers, no changing areas, but thank goodness for the 2 port-a-potty's and trash cans on PCH.
Closest restrooms can be found at the 76 Gas Station at Corral Canyon Road and PCH.

  

Corral Canyon Dive Areas

Corral Canyon, is one of the easiest Malibu beach dive spots in terms of access and shorter distance from your vehicle to the ocean. It also has a few stairs from the highway to the beach. Come here for a protected area that has shallow reefs full with lots of marine life and structure.  You will find more reef and structure as you head toward the direction of Point Dume.  This is not a SMR, State Marine Reserve, so fishing and hunting is allowed during the season. Don't forget your current licenses - no exceptions!

 Corral Canyon Beach

There are two areas that are generally dived.  
Area 1 is closest to the beach homes near Corral Canyon Rd.  Legally park as close as possible to the No Parking Sign along PCH so you have easy access to the stairs. Straight out from the beach steps there is a rocky area. Walk the extra 100 feet to the right (facing the ocean) toward the homes and avoid the rocky entry and exits.  Kick out to the kelp beds from there about 500-600 feet and begin your dive in a SW direction; long shore currents are usually running west to east, but do check the direction before you begin your dive.

 

Area 2 is across the street from Malibu Seafood Patio Cafe.  This dive area is closest to the beach but the reef is not as plentiful.  It offers convenience to the ocean with a less rocky entry and exit and a walk across the street to the Cafe.  Smaller reefs to the east and west are available but given the choice, go to Area 1 for the better marine life and structure.

Corral Canyon Beach Dives
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Directions

From Los Angeles: Highway 1 (PCH) west 16.1 miles from Santa Monica. Just 6.1 miles from Malibu Divers

From Ventura: 101 Freeway to Highway 1 (Exit 62B for CA-1/Oxnard Blvd/Pacific Coast Highway), continue to follow CA-1 S/Pacific Coast Highway  for 39 miles

  
What to bring:

No cost to park along side PCH and go to brunch or lunch at the Malibu Seafood Fresh Fish Market and Patio Cafe.  The food and environment is a perfect casual setting for relaxing after diving. Scuba Kit, certification card, first aid kit, snacks, drinks, munchies for yourself or to share, water bottle/jug to rinse off the sand at your car.  Showers and restrooms are not available at the beach site.  Fishing license is needed to hunt in this area.  Double check your gear, and stop by (6 miles east) Malibu Divers if you forget or need something.

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