Sand Dune and rock cairns, Highway 1

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Sand Dune and rock cairns, Highway 1
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It's blissful to drive along Highway 1, between Oxnard and Malibu, taking in the sea air and wide open vistas. Along the way you pass Thornhill Broome Beach and then on your left there is a huge sand dune! You can park your car along the road and then climb the sand dune. The northern end has the softest sand with not as many surprise rocks in it. 

Across Highway 1 on the ocean side, there are dozens of rock cairns! These look so cute silhouetted against the blue ocean! The curved beach in the distance has bright blue-green water. What an idyllic view!
Next you come to Sycamore Cove Beach
Once in Malibu, check out the amazing El Matador State Beach with its giant rock formations and arches jutting out of the sea.
Highway 1 is an iconic California drive. The most stunning part, with vertical cliffs, is between Monterey and San Simeon, in Big Sur. It is a two hour drive, with some winding parts. At San Luis Obispo, Highway 1 turns into Highway 101, a freeway. Highway 1 reappears again at Oxnard. Although the drive between Oxnard and Malibu is beautiful, with open ocean expanses, it is not as stunning as the Big Sur drive.

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You can see the sand dune as you approach it on the highway.

The rock cairns.

Red car by the sand dune.

The rock statues and the sea!

The huge sand dune beside the highway.

The vibrant color of the ocean on an October day.

People stopping to check out the rock cairns.

Rock cairns along the highway.

The sea looks beautiful behind the rock cairns.

The swirling sea.

Helicopter, and Point Mugu in the distance.

The highway and the pretty cliffs.

What beautiful sights!

Once you get to Malibu, the cliffs above Highway 1 are gorgeous, covered in bougainvillea.

Cliffs above Highway 1 in Malibu, golden at end of day.

Incredible cliffs above Highway 1 in Malibu as you near Santa Monica.

Palm trees and cliffs along Highway 1 in Malibu- so majestic!


The giant sand dune is located between Thornhill Broome Beach and Sycamore Cove Beach, along Highway 1 between Oxnard and Malibu. The sand dune is across the road from the water, and the rock cairns are along the water.


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