Malibu Travel Guide
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- 98%Luxury Travelers
- 98%Local Culture
- 98%Budget Travelers
- 75%Family Travelers
- 51%Outdoor Enthusiasts
Member Reviews (51)
- MalibuOct 19, 2013
No doubt, it's a gorgeous stretch of coastline along PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) heading north from Santa Monica to Ventura County. But there's not much to do or see in Malibu itself exactly, which isn't so much a town as a spread-out numbers of places along Hwy 1. Go look for celebrities in the strip malls, take a tour of the Adamson House and Getty Villa, and hit the beaches like Zuma or Point Dume. None of the motels or hotels are reasonably priced here, and most of what there is to eat is only so-so. Better to make this a day trip from LA than to stay overnight.
- MalibuMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 1Oct 10, 2012
I adore this part of LA. We loved going to surfrider beach, looking at people surfing and walking along the beach. It is a very relaxing place with beautiful houses and shopping centers.
- MalibuAmbassadorMember ofStudentsBackpackersSep 29, 2012
Famous, ritzy, gorgeous Malibu. The best approach into this wealthy beach town is through Malibu Canyon Road, which winds you along the face of rocky cliffs and hills until you turn one corner and - bam - there's the ocean. Then you descend into the multimillion-dollar neighborhood of the rich and famous...where you have a really good chance at seeing them, especially if you can afford to eat in the same restaurants they do. Otherwise, enjoy the scenic drives - not just down Pacific Coast Highway, but also through the little turnoffs and residential areas - the hiking trails, and the clean, bright beaches.
- MalibuSep 20, 2012
A 25 mile stretch of Southern California coastline nestled between Santa Monica and Ventura County. The famous Malibu area is not your typical stretch of sand and waves. Beautiful homes line the beaches here with private and public beaches scattered between and behind them. This famous stretch is home to or vacation home to the rich, powerful, and famous. With so few shopping areas and restaurants in Malibu, sometimes you'll run into them minding their own business.
Most of the beaches in Malibu, save Zuma, aren't the vast expanses of sand and life guards like in Santa Monica or Venice. Rather they are tucked away small beaches with only a few people around. Perfect for a family or a romantic few hours by the water.
The beautiful beaches and homes aren't the only thing that Malibu has to offer. Malibu is unmatched in California for activites. The waters in Malibu are fairly shallow, not much deeper than 50 feet out up to a mile and full of kelp beds and life.
Scuba dive? Jump in nearly anywhere in Malibu and you will find kelp forests and rocky reefs.
Paddleboard? The various coves that the cliffs and shape of the Malibu coastline create give the perfect conditions for paddleboarders to make their way up and down the coast. The shallow waters give the paddleboarders plenty of marine life to look at, including harmless sharks, rays, fish, kelp forests, and the occasional playful sealion or seal.
Surf? Malibu is home to famous surf spots such as surfrider beach or county line. You can always find surfers spotted all up and down the Malibu Coast.
Hike? The Santa Monica Mountains border one entire side of Malibu and are chalk full of hiking trails, running trails, and state parks, all with stunning views of the ocean on the tops. Part of the Backbone trail, 67 miles along the ridge of the mountain can be accessed from all over Malibu and spiders off into hundreds of trails that are perfect for hiking, running, and mountain biking.
Rock climb? How many people can rock climb or boulder mere steps from the water? Point Dume is on the north side of a cliff that splits Paradise Cove and Point Dume. The face on the Point Dume side is a popular climbing spot and has bolts to clip in for lead climbing or top roping all up and down the face. You will always find climbers there as well as the side facing the ocean! You can also boulder right at the bottom near the water. This is probably the only place where you can scuba dive, AND rock climb right afterwards. (I've done it!) A little further inland, you can also go to Malibu Creek where after a short hike you will come across an entire canyon full of rock climbing spots and bouldering spots for miles.
Cycle? PCH is a popular spot for cyclist in LA due to it being cool, and being dozens of miles with few cross streets and lights to stop you. Although a bit dangerous for the novice rider since cars are whizzing by at 50mph, it's still a a great ride. An added bonus are all the climbs you can do simply by turning into any number of streets going into the mountains. It's almost the perfect road to train on.
Malibu simply has too much to offer for me to keep listing and it's the perfect simple getaway whether you just want to lay out or do something active!
- MalibuJul 06, 2012
MALIBU BEACH, CALIFORNIA. Life is a beach every day in MALIBU.............. some fine sunsets.............Bombfires , Good surfing,,,,sunbathing, bring the suncreen spf 15 or greater....the rays come thru sunshine or not......sunburns ohoh NOO
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