Malibu, CA

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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.

Where to stay in Malibu

Malibu Country Inn
Malibu Country Inn
3 out of 5
6506 Westward Beach Road, Malibu, CA, 90265
The price is $255 per night from Dec 15 to Dec 16
$255
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Malibu. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular attractions Malibu ...
3.7/5 Good! (612 reviews)
"Loved the location and ease of movement to dining areas. Room was clean and loved the view and amenities."

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2022

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, 90265
Fully refundable
The price is $531 per night from Dec 22 to Dec 23
$531
per night
Dec 22 - Dec 23
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Malibu. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 outdoor pools, and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (315 reviews)
"Magical place... loved the lobby. Everyone was so very nice and welcoming. Amazing customer service. Wonderful grounds... loved the trees and all the different sections and "feels" - truly beautiful. Felt very far away... loved it!"

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2022

Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club
The Surfrider Malibu
The Surfrider Malibu
4 out of 5
23033 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA, 90265
The price is $319 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
$319
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12
Stay at this 4-star hotel in Malibu. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in our reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (197 reviews)
"The location was perfect for Malibu. The room and property aesthetics made it simple and clean for a stay-cation. Appreciated the complimentary paddle board and beach chairs. Enjoyed the hotel room beach towel bag, Grown Alchemist toiletries and Parachute bathrobes. Rooftop restaurant bar was nice ..."

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2022

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, 90265
Stay at this 3.5-star beach apartment in Malibu. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a private beach. Our guests praise the quiet rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (169 reviews)
"Great location."

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2022

Malibu Beach Paradise Apartments
Glampotel Ocean Vista
Glampotel Ocean Vista
2 out of 5
1901 Lookout Road, Malibu, CA, 90265
Stay at this campground in Malibu. Enjoy free parking, an in-room coffeemaker, and a refrigerator. Popular attractions Kaslow Nature Preserve and Corral State ...
Glampotel Ocean Vista
Incredible white water ocean view
Incredible white water ocean view
Malibu, CA
Stay at this ski villa in Malibu. Enjoy free WiFi, private pools, and a spa tub. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the family amenities in our reviews. Popular ...
5/5 Exceptional! (167 reviews)
Malibu Apartment
"This was an incredible stay. The apartment was very comfortable, central within Malibu, and very comfortable. We enjoyed our stay and look forward to staying again."

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2022

Incredible white water ocean view
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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