Paradise Cove Pier at Bob Morris' Paradise Cove
Beach Cafe, Malibu South of Kanan-Dume Road Paradise Cove Exit
from PCH 28128 West Pacific Coast Highway Malibu
(Paradise Cove), California 90265 R Call (310) 457-2503
Many of California's piers are used in backdrops and settings for movies, shows,
and commercials. Paradise Pier in Malibu is one of the shining stars, though you
wouldn't know it by visiting.
The old wooden pier with its neatly-painted railings isn't very big, nor is
it real accessible--but the views are splendid. 180 degree views from Palos
Verdes to Point Dume offer a window on the world.
Paradise Cove is a naturally formed cove created by erosion from the Santa
Monica mountains, a 40-mile long urban mountain range that is part of the
Transverse Ranges. Part of Malibu for over 100 years, the cove has always
been privately owned, first by the Morris family, next by the Kissel clan that
turned it into a mobile home park, and now by Bob Morris, who purchased it in
1998. The Paradise Cove Beach Cafe also used to be called The Sandcastle. The parking lot to access the pier is owned by
Morris. If you
don't eat there, the parking fee is around $25/day.
In recent years we've seen what the Paradise Pier is valued for--its backdrop
provides generic looks that could be New England or an other place, its lack of
restaurants and additional structures keep it simple and non-local, and its low
height compared to other pier structures works in beach location shoots. And the
beach at Paradise Cove provides a semi-private setting with less wind and
When El Nino storms wreaked havoc on piers throughout
California in 1983 and 1985, this little pier wasn't immune from nature's
strong arm. Two-thirds of the Paradise Cove
Pier were damaged and the sportfishing boat, Gentleman, was forced
to retire from the cove. There also at one time had been a bait barge that 87 sea lions
basked on, according to I. D. and Gayle Weiner. Gee Gee Swanson Hayes said
her father was the original developer of Paradise Cove who
built the pier and cove.
Paradise Cove Pier at Bob Morris'
Paradise Cove Beach Cafe, Malibu once was surrounded by nude, tanned bodies at a
nude sunbathing beach. You would not see the nudes on the sets of Gidget, Beach
Blanket Bingo, Malibu Run, Baywatch,
Lethal Weapon 4,
American Pie 2, Spounge Bob Square Pants: The Movie,
Monster in Law, Gidget Goes to Hawaii,
How to Stuff a Wild Bikini, The Rockford Files ,
Charlie's Angels, Indecent Proposal, Happy Days and the many movies and shows filmed at Paradise Cove next to the pier.
And the celebrity diners and visitors to this private beach, pier and
restaurant are as endless as the sunsets that grace the special section of coast
north of Santa Monica in Malibu. Barbra Streisand, Courtney Cox, David Arquett, Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt,
Kelsey Grammer, Martin Sheen and the Golden Age of Hollywood celebs have
all enjoyed a delicious bit to eat and golden sunset at this special location.