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Zuma Beach

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Zuma Beach in Malibu, California
Zuma Beach, site of many television and movie shooting including Planet of the Apes final scene

Zuma Beach is a county beach located at 30000 Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) in Malibu, California. One of the largest and most popular beaches in Los Angeles County, Zuma is known for its long, wide sands and excellent surf and open water swimming locations. It consistently ranks among the healthiest beaches for clean water conditions in Los Angeles County.

Zuma has 14 lifeguard towers on its sandy beach.

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Zuma Beach hosts several surfing events each year. With optimum wind conditions nearly daily in the late afternoon, Zuma draws many to kitesurfing on the northern end of Zuma Beach. It is also site of the the Zuma Beach 1 mile and Zuma Half Mile Swim.


With its proximity to the film and television industry in Los Angeles, Zuma Beach has been a popular filming location. It was a frequently used site for the television series Baywatch as well as numerous films, television episodes, and advertisements. The beach substitutes for "a deserted island in the south pacific" when Larry Hagman discovers Barbara Eden (as Captain Tony Nelson and Jeannie, the genie respectively) in the very first episode of the classic sitcom I Dream of Jeannie (1965–70). The beach is referenced in the 1978 TV movie Zuma Beach starring Suzanne Somers. Westward Beach has been used for innumerable films, television shows, and advertisements for decades. Planet of the Apes's famous final scene was filmed near Zuma Beach on the cliff face of Point Dume. Countless advertisements, both film and print, that require beach scenes are shots of Westward Beach.

Planet of the Apes[edit]

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