When Malibu was first opened up for development in the late 1930s, George “Cap” Watkins, as Chief Lifeguard of Santa Monica Beach, was asked to take the lifeguard rescue boat and survey the west end of Malibu for development. As payment for his service, he was allowed to choose 2 acres of the surveyed coastline. As a Waterman and a Man of the Sea, he chose what today is known as “Cypress Sea Cove.” It’s one of the most beautiful areas of the entire Malibu coastline and of all Southern California beaches. It was the era of Hollywood movies and the beginning of the Southern California beach and surfing culture. And with “Cap” being in the center of it all, Malibu’s “Watkins’s Cove” as it was known then, became its heart. Legendary film stars of the day, such as Johnny Weissmuller (Tarzan) and Buster Crabbe (Flash Gordon) helped “Cap” build his beach shack where hammocks were hung between palm trees and five gallon plastic jugs were filled with rum drinks. A novel entitled “Malibu Cove,” was inspired by the beach life and times of Cap.
Frequent visitors were ocean lifeguards, Pete Peterson and Tom Zahn, who were renowned pioneer surfers. Tom was often accompanied by his girlfriend Norma (aka “Marilyn”) Monroe. Food was bountiful from the sea pantry stocked with lobsters, abalone, giant black sea bass, and halibut. Cypress Sea Cove was the inspiration for the popular “Gidget” movies of the 1950s. “Cap” befriended the sea lions who sunbathed on the rocks just offshore. He would feed them and swim with them. When “Cap” passed on in the 1960s his property was bought by the Mark family, which has owned it until this day. Richard Mark, also an Ocean Lifeguard, understands the significance and responsibility of carrying on “Cap’s” tradition of hospitality, sharing this beautiful and historic property with others.
Over the years, Cypress Sea Cove has hosted many notable individuals and companies. World class photographers and celebrities from all over the world have visited us. Cypress Sea Cove has been the chosen location for featured films, television episodes, commercials, music videos and still shoots. Below is a sample of our visitors. We respect the privacy of the individuals who have chosen to be here.
J.D. Williams (Marisota Catalog), Guess Jeans, Garnet Hill, Time Warner, Merck & Company, The Alibi, Honda, Bank of America, Home Depot, U.S. Airways, Budweiser Beer, Coors Beer, Toyota for Japan market, JELLO, Behr Paint, Dick Van Dyke (Diagnosis Murder), The Beach Boys, Daisy Fuentes, Baywatch, Surf Channel, David Hasselhoff, American Express, Kodak, Hewlett Packard, Lands End, Macy’s, Samuel Adams Beer, Cameron Diaz, Esquire Magazine, Brad Pitt, Tag Watches, Nikon Camera, The Budweiser Lizard, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Frankie Rayder & Frankie Avalon (Legend Furs), Guess Jeans, Vogue Magazine, JC Penny Catalog, Redbook Magazine, Banana Republic Catalog, Speedo Swim Suits, Mercedes Benz, Victoria’s Secret, The Company Store, Ann Taylor, Natural Health Magazine, Living Fit Magazine, Fit Magazine, “American Girl” (Mattel Toys), OK Magazine, Rachel Cook, Heidi Klum, Target, ESPN, Kmart, Glamour Magazine, Nordstrom’s Wedding Catalog, Dick Butkus/Keith Jackson interview, “House” – the TV series, Shape Magazine, Men’s Health Magazine, Call Magazine, Animal P Planet, Kudi Koda, US Magazine.