Malibu

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Malibu featuring 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.

Where to stay in Malibu

Malibu Country Inn
Malibu Country Inn
3 out of 5
6506 Westward Beach Road, Malibu, CA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs7,855 per night from 12 Dec to 12 Dec
Located in Central Malibu, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Westward Beach and Zuma Beach. Paradise Cove is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away.
3.7/5 Good! (482 reviews)
"Great. Cozy and beautiful. Excellent location. I was third time there."

Reviewed on 1 Dec 2021

Malibu Country Inn
The Surfrider Malibu
The Surfrider Malibu
4 out of 5
23033 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA
The price is Rs29,993 per night from 12 Dec to 12 Dec
Located in Eastern Malibu, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Malibu Pier and within 3 miles (5 km) of Malibu Lagoon State Beach and Pepperdine University. Surfrider ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (151 reviews)
"Couldn’t have loved the Surfrider more. Staff were incredibly friendly and helpful and the rooftop patio was so lovely it was tough to justify going anywhere else for food and drink. Best ceviche I have ever had, could not stop talking about it for days."

Reviewed on 24 Nov 2021

The Surfrider Malibu
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 Rs36,908 per night from 12 Dec to 12 Dec
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 ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (275 reviews)
"Stunning property with incredible amenities!"

Reviewed on 29 Nov 2021

Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club
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Malibu Beach Paradise Apartments
Malibu Beach Paradise Apartments
3.5 out of 5
22816 Pacific coast Hwy, Malibu, CA
The price is Rs20,903 per night from 6 Dec to 6 Dec
Nestled on the beach, this Eastern Malibu apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Surfrider Beach, Malibu Lagoon State Beach and Pepperdine University. Carbon ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (137 reviews)
"We could hear the waves at night and had a walkway to the beach. Proximity to the Malibu pier was amazing."

Reviewed on 22 Nov 2021

Malibu Beach Paradise Apartments
Big Rock Malibu by Onefinestay
Big Rock Malibu by Onefinestay
4 out of 5
20552 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA
Located in Eastern Malibu, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Carbon Canyon Beach and Las Tunas State Beach. Tuna Canyon Beach and Topanga State ...
Big Rock Malibu by Onefinestay
Villa Ross
Villa Ross
3.5 out of 5
30760 Broad Beach Rd, Malibu, CA
Located in Western Malibu, this villa is within a 5-minute walk of Broad Beach and Zuma Beach. Trancas Beach and Malibu West Beach Club are also within 5 ...
Villa Ross
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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