Photo above taken from the fishing pier at Paradise Cove Beach.
Paradise Cove is a secluded beach in Malibu just shy of Zuma Beach. It is one of the few beaches in L.A. where drinking alcohol is permitted. you can bring your beach chairs, blankets, tents and alcoholic beverages and have a party on the sand, or dine at the Paradise Cove Beach Café. They have both indoor as well as outdoor seating right on the sand that affords the option of tables, chairs or even lounge beds. You can walk off a meal on the scenic rock trail and tidepools, and the sunsets are spectacular. Parking is $3 for the first 4 hours (with restaurant validation), or $20 without validation. The café is open 365 days a year – breakfast, lunch and dinner, but be warned that weekend waits for seating can be well over an hour. Try to visit on a week day. 310-457-2503
Placed along the paved road down from the Pacific Coast Highway to the beach are well-spaced trailer homes, mostly double wides with added decks and porches. In spite of the humble pedigree of the structures, prices reflect the reality of California coastal living. One was for sale in 2009 for $2,275,000 (not a typo). Decades ago the television program "The Rockford Files" was shot here. On the show, actor James Garner lived in a trailer adjacent to the pier.