Typically, I am not the beach bum that many of you think I am. Whether Hawaii, Penang, the Costa del Sol, or the Beach Club at Pebble Beach, I generally opt for other activities. But Paradise Cove in Malibu is one exception to my normal behavior. Among the many movies shot here were: Beach Blanket Bingo, Gidget, Sea Hunt (TV), and Malibu Run. And, Matthew McConaughey’s airstream trailer sits above the beach here!
But the real enjoyment here is, like at most beaches, people watching. Of course, there is the unlimited supply of two legged beach beauties. But there is also an assortment of motley characters, found on many of California’s best beaches. And some interesting four legged friends, who love to romp in the sea and sand.
The feeling is laid back (palm trees grow and the rents are low), typical Southern California, with a twist. First, we comb the area for some beach chairs under a huge umbrella. Next, we unpack our wine, champagne, and snacks. Then we toss our sandals in a pile, and sink our feet into the cool, wet sand.
The Paradise Cove, owned by the Morris family, has a cute seafood restaurant, hot and cold running water, and an endless supply of scantily clad waitresses. But the beach time is mostly one for sipping, sleeping, talking, and watching. Parking is rather pricey at $25, but it is quite easy to buy $25 worth of food in the cafe or take out stand.
If you can find a better way to spend a SoCal afternoon, please tell me. Yes, if my back permitted, we would be playing some golf. But we always make time for this!