I'm familiar with Santa Monica, but I want an empty beach, almost deserted. Santa Monica and Venice are anything but deserted. Farther south you have Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach. That's a nice, long stretch of sand, but the exact opposite of isolated.
In the opposite direction is a long stretch of beaches just south of the Santa Monica Mountains. That's where the surfers and movie stars go, but Point Dume and Malibu Lagoon look pretty good. I'm currently leaning toward Point Dume.
Even if you've never been to California, you know what Point Dume looks like.
Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner
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