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Malibu
Travel Guide

Malibu showing general coastal views and a coastal town

This laid-back beach city is a popular destination for surfers and sunbathers. Spot famous residents, explore the university and enjoy the view from the pier.

Malibu is a picturesque beach city north of Los Angeles. It is home to many scenic beaches and a thriving community of surfers, who refer to the city as “Bu.” Its temperate climate and scenic coastline make it the ideal beach getaway. Malibu is especially popular with celebrities, due to its proximity to Hollywood. Sunbathe on the white sand and cool off in the ocean or explore the city’s museums and colonial houses.

Ride the waves at Surfrider Beach. Its choppy waves are ideal for experienced surfers. Enjoy the scenic views from Malibu Pier and dine on fresh seafood at the café. If you prefer, go fishing off the pier and catch your own. Bring your own gear or rent it from a shop at the ocean end of the pier.

Spend the afternoon at the stunning El Matador Beach. Marvel at the caves, rock formations and panoramic ocean views. It is more remote than other beaches and is only accessible via a dirt path and staircase.

Sunbathe on Zuma Beach, another great surfing location. Join in a game of volleyball, go for a swim or lay out a blanket and have a picnic on the warm sand. Malibu was once famous for its nude beaches, but they are now illegal in Los Angeles County.

Cycle along the Pacific Coast Highway for unobstructed views of cliffs and ocean. Visit Adamson House, the villa where the city’s original owners once lived. The Malibu Lagoon Museum is part of the complex. Peruse the hand-painted murals on the walls and learn about the family that occupied the house.

Tour the grounds of Pepperdine University. It is famous for its scenic campus with charming gardens, ocean views and an art museum. Visit the Getty Villa in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood and browse sculptures, antiques and ancient artifacts from Greece and Rome.

Malibu is about an hour’s drive from Los Angeles. By bus it takes about twice as long. Head inland to explore the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

Malibu Country Inn
Malibu Country Inn
3 out of 5
6506 Westward Beach Road, Malibu, CA
The price is CA $256 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Located in Central Malibu, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Westward Beach and Zuma Beach. Paradise Cove is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.
3.7/5Good! (404 reviews)
"It’s an older property so some things are worn. Get over it. The location is perfect, clean, and quaint. Friendly staff and priced right."

Reviewed on Jun. 14, 2021

Malibu Country Inn
Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club
Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club
4.5 out of 5
327 Latigo Canyon Road, Malibu, CA
The price is CA $956 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 24
Located by the ocean, this family-friendly hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Point Dume State Beach and Preserve, Westlake Village Golf Course, and Pepperdine ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (259 reviews)
"The property is absolutely gorgeous, every venue is fantastic, and after my recent stay at the resort, want to make it a yearly occasion. The service is top-notch and I would highly recommend anyone to experience this resort."

Reviewed on Apr. 18, 2021

Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club
The Surfrider Malibu
The Surfrider Malibu
4 out of 5
23033 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA
Located in Eastern Malibu, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Malibu Pier and Malibu Lagoon State Beach. Pepperdine University is 2 mi (3.2 km) away.
4.8/5Exceptional! (138 reviews)
"Great service and super friendly"

Reviewed on Jun. 4, 2021

The Surfrider Malibu
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Malibu Beach Paradise Apartments
Malibu Beach Paradise Apartments
3.5 out of 5
22816 Pacific coast Hwy, Malibu, CA
The price is CA $380 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Nestled on the beach, this Eastern Malibu apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Surfrider Beach and Malibu Lagoon State Beach. Pepperdine University ...
4.2/5Very Good! (120 reviews)
"My boyfriend and I enjoyed our stay here. We were sent check in instructions a few days before our stay and had no trouble accessing the property or apartment when we arrived in Malibu. The apartment was clean and the space was nice. We were in apartment A, no ocean views unless you peaked out the ..."

Reviewed on Jun. 8, 2021

Malibu Beach Paradise Apartments
The Malibu Garden Estate
The Malibu Garden Estate
Malibu, CA
The price is CA $7,353 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 24
Situated in Malibu, this villa is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Topanga State Park and within 9 mi (15 km) of Malibu Lagoon State Beach and Malibu Hindu Temple. Big Rock ...
4/5Very Good! (3 reviews)
Short get away trip
"We stayed there for past thanksgiving for three nights. Overall was a good experience and the view was amazing. Property Manager was a straight up gentlemen. Will do business again."

Reviewed on Dec. 8, 2020

The Malibu Garden Estate
Malibu Mountain Retreat - Bring Your own Horses!
Malibu Mountain Retreat - Bring Your own Horses!
Malibu, CA
Situated in the mountains, this vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Malibu Creek State Park, Peter Strauss Ranch, and Malibou Lake. Paradise Cove and Zuma ...
5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
The host was very amicable and attentive.... great couple
"The host was very amicable and attentive.... great couple"

Reviewed on Jan. 11, 2021

Malibu Mountain Retreat - Bring Your own Horses!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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