Zuma Beach is a state beach in the community of Malibu, California in Los Angeles County. The beach is located at 30000 Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). Zuma Beach consistently rates among the healthiest for clean water conditions on the Los Angeles County Water Quality measured levels. Current conditions and current pictures may be viewed at the LA County Coastal Monitoring Network.
Like all beaches with good surfing, Zuma has its share of the sea wave phenomenon known as the rip current. Visitors are encouraged to not swim or surf in front of the Lifeguard Headquarters (between Towers 8 and 9), as the rip currents are particularly numerous and strong there. (Hence, the concentration of lifeguards at the most potentially dangerous location on the beach.) As of 2007, it's telling that the Los Angeles County Fire Department Lifeguard Unit uses Zuma Beach to illustrate a rip current.
Zuma Beach hosts several surfing events where world premiere surfers compete. With optimum wind conditions nearly daily in the late afternoon, Zuma draws many to kitesurfing on the northern end of Zuma Beach.
Because of the beach's close proximity to Malibu High School, teens are partial to the stretch between towers 6 and 7 at Zuma (30750 PCH) located two blocks from their school campus and often utilize the beach for biology research.
Zuma Beach is directly accessed via PCH, and lies between the major access corridors Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon Road and Kanan-Dume Road to the south, and Las Posas Road to the north. Parking is available in a large fee parking lot. Additional parking is available on the adjacent PCH.
On its southwest side, Zuma is bordered by Westward Beach. Westward is geographically situated on Malibu's westernmost promontory known as Point Dume. Westward includes a stretch of 2-way road right at the sand's edge. Parking is available on the road as well as a fee parking lot. Westward Beach is marked by a shorter sand shelf than Zuma, a veritable pipeline, making the waves of less duration and higher impact. Westward Beach is recommended for strong swimmers, as the wave action compared to Zuma Beach is stronger, can push down on swimmers, and delivers more of a "crunch." Westward Beach is where former lifeguard Jesse Billauer suffered his accident that left him paralyzed.
Parking: 2025 spaces (43 disabled) Electric Vehicle - 3 inductive, 1 conductive
Zuma Beach also sports a dedicated helicopter landing area for medical emegency airlifts to local trauma centers.
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