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Point Dume State Beach
Location Malibu, California
Nearest city Santa Monica
Coordinates 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
Governing body California Department of Parks and Recreation

Point Dume is a promontory on the coast of Malibu, California that juts out into the Pacific Ocean.

Point Dume, a long bluff, forms the northern end of the Santa Monica Bay, and 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. The name was misspelled as "Dume" on Vancouver's map and has never been corrected.[1]

Up to the 1940s Point Dume was a windblown, treeless bluff covered by native chapparal. Post-WWII the bluff was 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 was opened, but was closed in 1980. It reopened in 1996 and remains open today, 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 oceanviews while other large homes were surrounded by mature trees.

Point Dume viewed from the northwest on Zuma Beach.

State Preserve

The northwestern most tip of Point Dume was designated a California State Preserve, the Point Dume State Beach.[2] 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.

Rock Climbing

Point Dume viewed from the air, facing southwest

Point Dume is home to a hand full of very moderate single pitch rock climbing routes that are usually climbed on top rope from established fixed anchors. 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

Important scenes in the Planet of the Apes series were filmed at Point Dume. The cliff face of the Point is obscured by the matte painting of the Statue of Liberty.

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. For an entire summer during the filming, the scale replica of the Statue of Liberty from the famous closing scene lay buried at the southern end of Pirate's Cove. In Iron Man (film), Tony Stark's huge seaside mansion is located on Point Dume on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The home is computer generated, though, as no homes are literally on the actual cliff. 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.

In "The Big Lebowski", Walter and Dude scattered Donnie's ashes from a Point Dume cliff, and in real life Vincent Price's ashes were put here.


  1. ^ Bright, William; Erwin G. Gudde (1998). 1500 California Place Names: Their Origin and Meaning. University of California Press. p. 51. ISBN 0-520-21271-1.}.  
  2. ^ Point Dume State Beach

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